Kiran Nadar Museum of Art
|Established||1 January 2010|
The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) is a private modern and contemporary art museum with locations in New Delhi and Noida. Established in 2010, it is India's first private museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art. The core collection of the institution comprises post-independence 20th century painters, but the museum holds exhibits of younger, contemporary artists as well.
The New Delhi location has about 18,000 sq ft of exhibition space and the Noida location has 13,000 sq ft.
Inspired by the Guggenheim, MoMA, and the Whitney, which all started out as private museums, art collector and philanthropist Kiran Nadar established the museum in 2010. It started out as a gallery created from the cafeteria of her husband's office outside Delhi. Later, it moved into South Court Mall, a shopping mall, to encourage average mall-goers to enjoy art.
The collection includes more than 4500 works ranging from the late 19th century til present day. Artists in the collection range from celebrated Indian painters like Raja Ravi Varma and M. F. Husain to contemporary blue-chip artists like Anish Kapoor, and emerging artists. Other artists include A. Ramachandran, Arpita Singh, F. N. Souza, Jamini Roy, Jogen Chowdhury, Krishen Khanna, Manjit Bawa, N. S. Harsha, Ram Kumar, Rameshwar Broota, S. H. Raza, Subodh Gupta, Tyeb Mehta, and V. S. Gaitonde.
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