Nita Ambani’s Foray into the Art World

Founder and Chairperson of Reliance Foundation (RF), Nita Ambani is making waves in the art industry. In a Forbes list that included 50 women leaders; of which eight were Indian, she was named the most powerful businesswoman in Asia.

The art community seems to be welcoming Mrs. Ambani with open arms. One major achievement in this field is her inclusion, along with her husband – Reliance Industries’ CMD Mukesh Ambani – in the Art Institute of Chicago’s (AIC) President’s Council.

The Pichvai Exhibition

Reliance Foundation supported AIC’s Pichvai exhibition titled ‘Gates of the Lord: The tradition of Krishna paintings’. Krishna being the family deity of the Ambani’s, it comes as no surprise that Shrinathji’s paintings were backed by them.

Nita Ambani said that she personally feels drawn to all traditional art forms, owing to her background in classical dance. As part of the AIC Council, she aims to shed more light on ethnic Indian art forms, and showcase the work on an international level.

Collaboration with The Met

Nita Ambani was also the biggest funder of one of the debut shows at The Met, displaying Nasreen Mohamedi’s modernist drawings. A retrospective of her work in America, it serves to celebrate Nasreen’s legacy.

Mrs. Ambani said that Nasreen’s strong work, and their relevance has always inspired her. She explained how Reliance Foundation is strongly committed towards conserving dying Indian art forms, and promoting them on a global scale.

Museum in India

According to the Wall Street Journal, Nita Ambani is planning to open a museum of her own in India. She would join the list of hotelier Anupam Poddar, and Kiran Nadar who own private museums that display their art collections in New Delhi.

The museum, based in Mumbai, would be built on a 19 acre plot. It would house a 2,000 seat equipped theatre, exhibit areas for art shows, retail spaces, offices, and residences. The launch is expected to be in the year 2018.

Antilia and art

Nita Ambani’s love for art reflects in her Mumbai house. Artworks ranging from modern, abstract, Indian, to contemporary adorn Antilia. She said that some of the pieces are really old; referring to the MF Husain painting of the British Raj she got about 30 years ago, and can be found hanging in her living room.

When it comes to her favorite museums, Le Louvre grabbed the top spot. She said that she enjoys how the British Museum continues to display varied art from around the globe, and likes the modern art and sculptures displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Nita Ambani’s promise to continue funding art exhibitions may really prove to be beneficial to the art scene in India.


Nita Ambani plans to open a museum in Mumbai, which would launch in 2018


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