Philanthropist and Chairperson of the Reliance Foundation Nita Ambani Nita Ambani have been recently elected to the Board of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She became the first Indian to be honoured with the role of the trustee in the Museum’s 150-year-history.
Chairman Daniel Brodsky of the museum, considered as the largest and most visited art museums in the world, announced that Ambani has been named its Honorary Trustee. Her election took place at the meeting of the board on Tuesday.
Welcoming Nita Ambani, 56, to the board, Brodsky, in a statement, said that her commitment to The Met and to preserving and promoting India’s art and culture is truly exceptional. Her support has an enormous impact on the museum’s ability to study and display art from every corner of the world.
Nita Ambani, wife of Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, is the Founder and Chairperson of the Reliance Foundation, which has supported The Met since 2016, beginning with the exhibition Nasreen Mohamedi’, which was the first museum retrospective of the artist’s work in the United States and was also one of The Met Breuer’s inaugural exhibitions.
This partnership with The Met enables Indian art to be shown at an iconic institution and further encourages us to continue our work in the art world, she had said then.
The first exhibition to benefit from the Foundation’s gift was Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs’ that ran from October 2017 till January 2018, followed by Phenomenal Nature: Mrinalini Mukherjee’ (June-September 2019). This exhibition marked the first comprehensive display of the renowned Indian sculptor’s work in the United States.
In 2017, the museum honoured Ambani at The Met Winter Party, an event that celebrates the achievements of those who foster greater diversity and inclusion in the world of art.
(With input from agencies)