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Billionaire Shiv Nadar and wife, collector Kiran talk their first painting & passion for collecting art

This avid collector is the force behind an eponymous private museum of modern and contemporary art in the capital.

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Last Updated: Feb 13, 2020, 07.45 PM IST
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In an interview with auction house Christie’s, Kiran reflected on her journey as a collector, sharing details about her first purchase.
In an interview with auction house Christie’s, Kiran reflected on her journey as a collector, sharing details about her first purchase.
Billionaire Shiv Nadar’s wife, Kiran has quite the reputation as one of India’s foremost collectors. So when she opens up about her collecting journey, attention must be paid.

In an interview with auction house Christie’s, Kiran reflected on her journey as a collector, sharing details about her first purchase.

“My first acquisition for our house in Delhi was a very graphic male nude by Rameshwar Broota,” she said, adding, “It was quite a courageous purchase, and my husband (Nadar) said, ‘What are you doing, buying a painting like this?’ I said, ‘Well, I’ve bought it. If you don’t want the painting, then we have to go and tell the artist.’”

“So we drove to Rameshwar’s studio to look at the piece, and once he saw it my husband (Nadar) was convinced. He said, ‘You know, you are right. We should buy this.’ And he has been very supportive — though maybe not as much as he grumbles — ever since. I would never have been able to build the collection without him,” Kiran said.

This avid collector is the force behind an eponymous private museum of modern and contemporary art in the capital. She is now building another. On the subject of building museums she says, “I have actually collected at great speed in the last 10 years. I have no background in art, but I started collecting to decorate my private residence and became very enthused. Once the house was full, I was just putting the work into storage, and that didn’t feel right. My husband and I have a lot of philanthropic projects, and I thought, well, an art museum is also an act of philanthropy — let’s do it.”

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