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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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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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Inheritor innovates to keep Chinese textile art relevant

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Source: ANN Asia News Network

A young inheritor of Chinese textile art is breathing new life into the intangible cultural heritage in Southwest China’s Chongqing.

Chinese linen, or xiabu — literally “cloth for summer” — is a traditional handmade textile made from China grass, also known as ramie. Being hailed as the “king of natural fibers”, the linen is comfortable, durable and easy to wash. It’s also delicate, yet not as fragile as silk.

A variety of xiabu was developed in what is now Chongqing’s Rongchang district during the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). Royals and nobility during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) liked wearing the linen during the summer months. It was one of the first products to be exported from the region in the 20th century, with an annual output of around 700,000 bolts.

According to the district’s commission of commerce, it now exports about 3 million bolts of xiabu annually overseas, of which 40 percent is sold to South Korea. Over the past three years, 13 xiabu manufacturing companies in Rongchang have exported goods worth more than 50 billion yuan ($6.93 billion).

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Asian Artists to Watch 2024: Din Art

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Each year, we identify the Asian artists on the rise, shining a light on the exciting and provocative works enriching the region’s artistic and cultural landscape. Cambodian artist Din Art shares his story.

Borin Teang, known as Din Art in the art world, is one of Cambodia’s leading contemporary abstract artists, a visionary who transforms ancient and mystical apsara dancers into modern and vibrant masterpieces. His paintings and sketches are a fusion of tradition and innovation, culture and creativity, beauty and grace.

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Collectors return to Asia’s biggest art fair despite cooling market

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Picture Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and George W. Bush as 7-year-olds. Now set them on a playground.

What would they talk about? Would they take turns to slide? Would the world be in a better place?

It’s a thought-provoking exercise — one generated by Beijing-born artist Lí Wei’s eerie, hyperreal sculptures of six world leaders, on show this week at Art Basel in Hong Kong.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2024/03/29/style/hong-kong-art-basel-collectors-intl-hnk/index.html

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