Ambani to be first Indian trustee in museum’s 150-Year history.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has just named Indian businesswoman Nita Ambani as its honorary trustee.
Museum Chairman Daniel Brodsky announced Nita Ambani’s election as honorary trustee after a museum board meeting on November 12. She is the first ever Indian to become a board member of the legendary museum.
Speaking about Ambani’s election Brodsky said, “Mrs. Ambani’s 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. It is a pleasure to welcome Nita Ambani to the Board.”
Nita Ambani who was in New York for the honor said, “It has been deeply rewarding for me over the past several years to support The Metropolitan Museum of Art in its desire to expand and enhance its program of exhibiting the arts of India.”
“I have been moved and impressed by The Met’s keen interest, which enables our commitment to seeing Indian art and culture represented on the global platform.
“This great distinction inspires me to redouble my efforts on behalf of India’s heritage, from the ancient to the contemporary,” she said.
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Nita Ambani is the Founder and Chairperson of the Reliance Foundation, an Indian philanthropic organization that has supported The Met since 2016, beginning with the exhibition Nasreen Mohamedi.
That presentation was the first museum retrospective of the artist’s work in the U.S. and was also one of The Met Breuer’s inaugural exhibitions.
In 2017, the Reliance Foundation committed to support exhibitions that explore and celebrate the arts of India.
The first exhibition to benefit from this gift was Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs (October 11, 2017–January 2, 2018), followed by Phenomenal Nature: Mrinalini Mukherjee (June 4–September 29, 2019), which marked the first comprehensive display of Mukherjee’s work in the United States.
Other exhibitions that will benefit from this sponsorship include the upcoming Tree and Serpent: Early Buddhist Art in India, 200 B.C.–A.D. 400, opening November 10, 2020, at The Met Fifth Avenue, along with exhibitions that will cover such topics as 17th-century Mughal art and contemporary Indian sculpture.
In 2017, the Museum honored Ambani at The Met Winter Party, an event celebrating the achievements of those who foster greater diversity and inclusion in the world of art.
Generous with her time and expertise, Ambani is also a member of The Met’s International Council.