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Tate partners up with India’s culture ministry

The collaboration aims to encourage programming, research and loans of Modern and contemporary art

Nasreen Mohamedi, Untitled. Photo: © Gopal Mirchandani, courtesy Sushant Chhabria

The Tate in London has entered into a new partnership with India’s Ministry of Culture. The purpose of the new arrangement is to develop collaborations centered on Modern and contemporary work, “with the aim of developing mutual understanding of British and Indian art”, says a press statement.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed earlier this month by Judith Nesbitt, the head of international partnerships at Tate, and Pramod Jain, the joint secretary at the Ministry of Culture.

“The Ministry of Culture and Tate agree to cooperate on institution to institution collaboration in areas of common interest including exhibitions, scholarly research, fellowships, collection care, learning programmes and loans,” the press statement adds. “Across all areas, there will be a commitment to collaborative exchange between museum colleagues in both India and the UK.”

Conor Macklin of Grosvenor Gallery in London, which specialises in Modern and contemporary Indian art, says: “The Tate and the British Museum have long been involved with assisting and loaning works to Indian institutions. Whether this glossy new initiative will strengthen the budgets for museums in India to themselves curate [shows] and loan works to the UK is another matter.”

The agreement cements a burgeoning relationship: Tate Modern for instance, recently collaborated with the Khoj International Artists' Association on the group exhibition “Word. Sound. Power” at Khoj studios in New Delhi. And this summer, Tate Liverpool will present a monographic exhibition of the work of the Karachi-born, Mumbai-raised artist Nasreen Mohamedi (1937-90), which includes semi-abstract paintings of the 1960s and Constructivist-inspired drawings of the 1980s (6 June-5 October).

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