JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY ART COLLECTING VIDEO INTERVIEW
Japanese collector Masanori Fukuoka, one of the pioneers of contemporary Indian art collecting, had been profiled in an article and related video interview by the Hindustan Times. Fukuoka began buying Indian art in the early 1990s when prices for now-blue chip artists were considerably lower.
As discussed in the article,
Arun Vadehra of Delhi’s Vadehra Art [Gallery], through whom Masanori bought a few Tyeb Mehtas a decade ago at then-unheard-of prices, says, ‘He was, in fact, paying lower because he was buying in bulk.’ Nonetheless, Masanori’s efforts buoyed the prices for artists such as Sakti Burman, Jogen Chowdhury and Akbar Padamsee.
In 1993, Masanori set up the Glenbarra [Art] Museum in Himeji in southern Japan, mostly with works by 20-odd Indian artists. Then came a phase when he thought there was a ‘responsibility’ to showcase more Indian art – so he bought ‘works I didn’t like, too.’ Now he says he’s again buying for himself. But, ironically enough, he finds the prices too high.
Other important early collectors of Indian modern and contemporary art include the late Kavas Bharucha, Lekha and Anupam Poddar, Amrita Jhaveri, US-based collectors Mahinder and Sharad Tak and Indian corporate RPG Group.
Do you know of any other early Indian contemporary art collectors we’ve missed? If you do, add them to the list by leaving a comment below.
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