India and the UK are developing mutual art appreciation.
India’s Ministry of Culture and the United Kingdom’s Tate Museum signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 6 February 2014 to collaborate on projects and initiatives related to the modern and contemporary art of both countries.
The signing of the agreement signifies a mutual interest by India and the United Kingdom to develop institutional and artistic collaborations. The project will involve exhibitions, research, fellowships, collection care, educational programmes and loans. The agreement was signed in New Delhi by Shri Pramod Jain, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, and Tate’s Head of International Partnerships Judith Nesbitt.
In the press release, Tate Director Sir Nicholas Serota said:
This timely agreement will support the reciprocal exchange of ideas and knowledge in the field of modern and contemporary art in India and the UK, allowing deeper engagement with art for audiences in both nations.
A series of collaborations
This agreement is the latest in a series of collaborations between India and the Tate. In 2007, India’s Ministry of Culture and the National Gallery of Modern Art worked with Munich’s Haus der Kunst and London’s Tate Modern on an exhibition of Amrita Sher-Gil’s work that was subsequently shown in Munich and London.
Tate Modern has also been collaborating with Khoj International Artists’ Association on an exhibition titled “Project Space: Word. Sound. Power.” Project Space at Tate Modern began in 2011 and is a curatorial exchange programme that aims to collaborate with cultural organisations across the world to feature contemporary art. The programme brings together emerging and young curators from Tate and international institutions to curate an exhibition to be shown in both locations. “Word. Sound. Power.” was exhibited in London in 2013 and in New Delhi in early 2014.
Additionally, Tate and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) have worked in partnership to exchange expertise on heritage and collection care.
From 6 June to 5 October 2014, Tate Liverpool will present an exhibition featuring the work of Nasreen Mohamedi (1937-1990), who was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and raised in Mumbai, India. The exhibition will be comprised of works brought to the UK from private and public collections across India, and is the largest solo show of her work in the UK to date.
India’s international collaborations
The Secretary of India’s Ministry of Culture, Shri Ravindra Singh said that the agreement with Tate,
is a part of a series of international collaborations undertaken by the Ministry of Culture, which would strengthen the Museum sector in the country and lead to a cross pollination of ideas.
In December 2013, India signed an agreement for a three-year cultural exchange with Venezuela, which includes exchanges and institutional links in the fields of visual art and film.
In October 2013, the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi hosted an exhibition of Hungarian contemporary art, showcasing 40 artists from Hungary and exploring diverse themes in art and architecture.
Earlier in 2013, the Indian Ministry of Culture also signed a similar Memorandum of Understanding with New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- Lend me your ears: “Word. Sound. Power.” at Tate Modern – August 2013 – the collaboration between artists and curators in London and New Delhi culminated in an exhibition on ‘voice’ and sound art
- “Exciting region to be part of”: 7 galleries talk about India Art Fair 2013 – February 2013 – attending gallerists from India, Europe, West Asia and America tell Art Radar about their experience at the India Art Fair
- London awash with Korean contemporary art in summer 2012 – July 2012 – a series of collaborations and conferences between South Korea and the UK were scheduled for summer 2012
- Indian art season in France: installation dominates 2 major museum shows – July 2011 – two French museums show work by a plethora of Indian artists: “Paris-Delhi-Bombay” at the Centre Pompidou (Paris) and “Indian Highway IV” at MAC (Lyons)
- Rare India China art collaboration: West Heavens project a success? – February 2011 – rising Asian superpowers China and India address the lack of intra-Asian contemporary art exchange with West Heavens exhibition series and summit
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