Kiran Nadar Museum of Art presents New Configurations Vignettes from the museum's permanent collection
New Configurations, encourages a renewed approach from its audience
14 May 2018: Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) is pleased to present a special exhibition of modern and contemporary Indian masters, displaying new acquisitions for the first time alongside vignettes from the permanent collection, at their secondary space, Sector 126, Noida.
New Configurations, encourages a renewed approach from its audience, fresh perspectives and new insights, reflecting on the creative breadth of India’s most significant modern and contemporary artists, and their historical context. The show also examines the internal practices of a museum space in contemporary India by looking at the relationships between the art object and the exhibition space, the processes associated with creating a institutional arts space, and how a museum might offer powerful spatial representations that shape our perceptions and understanding of art.
This is one of the first exhibitions at KNMA which illuminates the inner workings of a museum and the dynamics of building a collection. Curatorially the exhibition is designed to illustrate the ongoing process of evolving a museum’s repository of works, presenting viewers with occasions for both planned and chance encounters with artists, histories and art objects.
Each new acquisition, is consciously selected entering the complex network of over four thousand masterpieces by four-hundred south Asian artists which make up KNMA’s permanent collection, encompassing a diversity of time-periods, art historical contexts and relationships. New acquisitions are chosen to open new areas of inquiry and focus, whilst also reconfiguring existing parts of the collection. Visitors to this show are offered glimpses into the process of sourcing and discovering art that complements the museum’s collection, whilst also broadening its scope.
Roobina Karode, Director of Kiran Nadar Museum of Art states in her curatorial note for the exhibition, “The idea of displaying selected works from the permanent collection alongside newer additions is an opportunity for us to review and rethink the new configurations that emerge as we build upon the existing one. KNMA’s exhibition program has thus far been dynamic, oscillating between retrospectives of eminent artists, temporary exhibitions on varied thematic subjects, and exhibitions dedicated to the museum’s permanent collection. Re-examining our core collection and our recent acquisitions helps us assess the emerging patterns evolving from the museum’s collection, which in turn reflects the creative breadth of artists and the historical context of the art we collect. Essentially, this exhibition is a way of re-presenting the complex diversity of Indian contemporary artistic practice present at KNMA.”
Featuring several important works such as Krishen Khanna’s Pieta (1988), Mrinalini Mukherjee’s Van Raja (1991-94) and KK Hebbar’s The Tile Factory, alongside Nalini Malani’s Ecstasy of Radha, Arpita Singh, Akbar Padamsee and early works by Ram Kumar, the exhibition invites and encourages participation and dialogue with the collection.
About the exhibition, Kiran Nadar, leading art collector in India and Chairperson of KNMA says: “Collecting art for the museum has been an exciting undertaking, especially sourcing and finding works that fill the gaps in the collection as well as help consolidate and expand the collection through areas of contemporary engagement. It is indeed encouraging to see viewers responses and deep interest in viewing the works.”
Established by avid art collector Kiran Nadar in 2010, the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art aims to activate visual and intellectual dialogue and arts appreciation across the country. The museum’s innovative exhibitions and programmes encourage active collaborations from artists and international arts institutions. KNMA is a non-commercial, not-for-profit organisation that aims to foster the development of south Asian arts and culture. The museum’s exhibitions, publications, educational, and public programmes focus on bridging the gap between art and the public and offer audiences innovative ways to engage with both traditional and contemporary art in South Asia.