Conversations | Patronage as Practice: Developing Synergies Between Private and Public Institutions
Art Basel Hong Kong 2023, March 22
This conversation explores the developing transnational synergies between private and public collecting institutions. How has a public museum like LACMA collaborated with private institutions across Asia to expand its global reach? And how are private institutions like Samdani Art Foundation and Kiran Nadar Museum of Art blending private and public responsibilities to nurture arts ecosystems that are local, regional, and global, all at once?
‣ Roobina Karode, Director and Chief Curator, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art
‣ Nadia Samdani, Co-Founder and President, Samdani Art Foundation
‣ Rajeeb Samdani, Co-Founder and Trustee, Samdani Art Foundation
‣ Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director, LACMA
‣ Moderator: Doryun Chong, Deputy Director, Curatorial, and Chief Curator, M+
‣ Roobina Karode is the Director and Chief Curator at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, the first private modern and contemporary art museum in India. Since its inception in 2010, she has curated several acclaimed exhibitions at KNMA, with a leadership focused on expanding the audience-base and connecting the general public with urban art practices. Karode also serves as an International Asian Art Council Member for the Vancouver Art Gallery. She specializes in art history and education, having been involved with various institutions teaching Western and Indian art history.
‣ Nadia Samdani MBE is the Co-Founder and President of the Samdani Art Foundation and Director of Dhaka Art Summit (DAS). She is a member of Tate’s South Asia Acquisitions Committee and its International Council, and Alserkal Avenue’s Programming Committee, one of the founding members of The Harvard University Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute’s Arts Advisory Council and member of Asia Society’s Advisory Committee. In 2017, with her husband, she was the first South Asian arts patron to receive the prestigious Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2022 Birthday Honors for services to global art philanthropy and supporting the arts in South Asia and the United Kingdom.
‣ Rajeeb Samdani is a Co-Founder and Trustee of the Samdani Art Foundation, and Managing Director of Golden Harvest Group – one of the leading diversified conglomerates in Bangladesh. In addition to his cultural philanthropy, he is the Secretary General of the Bangladesh Human Rights Foundation, Founder of the Taher Ahmed Chowdhury Charitable Hospital in Sylhet, and the Alvina Samdani Trust. He is a founding member and Co-Chair of Tate’s South Asian Acquisitions Committee, a member of Tate’s International Council, and Alserkal Avenue’s Programming Committee, and is one of the founding members of The Harvard University Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute’s Arts Advisory Council.
‣ Michael Govan joined the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) as Chief Executive Officer and Wallis Annenberg Director in 2006. In this role, he oversees all activities of the museum, from art programming to the expansion and upgrade of the museum’s 20-acre campus. During his tenure, LACMA has acquired by donation or purchase more than 56,000 works for the permanent collection, doubled gallery space and programs, and more than doubled its average annual attendance to well over one million. Currently the museum is in the process of building a new, state-of-the-art permanent collection building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor.
‣ Doryun Chong oversees all curatorial activities and programs at M+, including acquisitions, exhibitions, learning and public programs, and digital initiatives encompassing the museum’s three main disciplinary areas of design and architecture, moving image, and visual art, as well as the thematic area of Hong Kong visual culture. Since joining M+ as the inaugural Chief Curator in 2013, Doryun has led the transformative growth of the M+ Collections and steered the curatorial direction and pedagogical practices of the museum’s exhibitions and programs to foreground the transcultural and transnational narratives of twentieth- and twenty-first-century visual culture.
This talk will be conducted in English, with simultaneous interpretation available in Cantonese and Mandarin.
The Art Basel Hong Kong 2023 Conversations program is curated by Stephanie Bailey.
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