True Colours

Ki­ran Nadar, cu­ra­tor, on col­lect­ing, com­pet­ing and the world’s best museums

India Today - - LEISURE - —with Vidhi Malla

Q. Which museums have most im­pressed you around the world?

The Guggen­heim Mu­seum in New York and the Beyeler Art Mu­seum near Basel are quite in­spir­ing in their de­sign.

Q. What prompted the idea for the Ki­ran Nadar Mu­seum of Art (KNMA)?

I was col­lect­ing art for my home be­cause I wanted to live with it. How­ever, over the years, the col­lec­tion grew and there was no space left at home. This is how the idea of KNMA got its spark.

Q. You’re in­volved in lots of dif­fer­ent projects? What do you see as your big­gest achieve­ment?

It is the set­ting up of the mu­seum and be­ing able to show­case the work of In­dian artists on a global plat­form.

You are one of the big­gest art col­lec­tors in In­dia. Is there a piece that is clos­est to your heart?

It is hard to have favourites. If I say I like one, I in­stantly feel that an­other one is equally amaz­ing. How­ever, I do like some M.F. Hu­sains and a Ramesh­war Broota—all bought in the 1980s.

YASIR IQBAL

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