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How Kiran Nadar’s passion and perseverance built India’s most important museum of modern and contemporary art

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Source: Kurator

Many of the world’s best-known museums began as private initiatives driven by collectors with a philanthropic vision of bringing important works of art into the public domain. Among such institutions are the Getty Museum, the Guggenheim and Tate, the Whitney, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Kimbell, and the Menil and Frick Collections. Added to their ranks is an institution in India—the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art—with holdings of more than twelve thousand works of modern and contemporary art focussed on South Asia.

Having already shown her collection to the public for thirteen years in an office space in Noida and a shopping mall in Saket, Kiran Nadar has now embarked on a capital project to create a permanent home for the collection. Designed by Sir David Adjaye with a footprint of one million square feet, the new KNMA will become a major cultural destination in Delhi, not only housing Kiran Nadar’s collection and a cycle of temporary exhibitions, but presenting itself as a leading centre for theatre, dance and performance.

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The first work of art was painted more than 50,000 years ago in Indonesia

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Source: EL PAIS

A drawing of humanoid figures hunting a wild pig is the oldest work of art reported to date: it was painted 51,200 years ago in a cave on the island of Sulawesi, in Indonesia. The discovery, made by an international team of scientists and published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, suggests that scenes of people and animals in art date back even earlier than previously thought.

Prehistoric rock art extends our understanding of early human cultures, but reliably dating it is a difficult task. In 2018, archaeologist Maxime Aubert and his colleagues found the oldest figurative painting in a corner of the island of Borneo in Indonesia. The painting — of an animal being skewered by a spear — dated back 40,000 years. Months later, in 2019, an even older painting was discovered: a depiction of two wild boars, four dwarf buffaloes and eight humanoid figures was discovered on the island of Sulawesi. It was estimated to be 4,000 years older.

Read more: https://english.elpais.com/science-tech/2024-07-03/the-first-work-of-art-was-painted-more-than-50000-years-ago-in-indonesia.html

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A pivotal gateway to Asia’s thriving art market

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Source: Business Times

I OFTEN hear that there is not much activity for art in Singapore. However, the enthusiasm and support we have received from collectors and the art community since Sotheby’s return to the Lion City in 2022, however, tells a different story. While I’m delighted that this longing from collectors and the art community provides an opportunity for Sotheby’s to fill a gap, it has made me reflect upon how the Singapore art scene has grown.

Having lived in Singapore more than 15 years ago, I remember what it was like in 2007. At that time, there was no Gillman Barracks, no National Gallery Singapore, no art fairs as we know it. Art was not seen as a practical career choice and most people in my generation were not interested in engaging with art.

In contrast, Singapore’s art scene today is more dynamic than ever. Singaporean artists have multiple opportunities to showcase their talents and be appreciated by collectors beyond Singapore. In fact, our data shows that they are well-loved by collectors globally. Similarly, Singaporean collectors are as passionate about national artists as they are about discovering great art by artists from other nations. This is what makes art a universal language, and collecting art a universal passion.

Read more:https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/lifestyle/pivotal-gateway-asias-thriving-art-market

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Asian collectors embrace newer artists, contemporary art to diversify collections

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Source: Singapore Business Review

Younger and fresher names are gaining prominence in the art scene as Asian collectors brush past their comfort zones, shifting their gaze from Western values to a wider spectrum of artists and themes.

Francis Belin, president of Christie’s Asia Pacific, said the desire to diversify collections with works by emerging contemporary artists is amongst the motivations for their Asian buyers when purchasing art.

Auction house Phillips also observed this trend as some of the top performing lots in its Spring sales were works by younger Asian artists such as Teppei Takeda of Japan and Cui Jie, Sun Yitian, and Xia Yu of China.

Read more: https://sbr.com.sg/markets-investing/exclusive/asian-collectors-embrace-newer-artists-contemporary-art-diversify-collections

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