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Founders Rajeeb and Nadia Samdani named top 200 art collectors

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 11th July, 2015 09:43:08 PM
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Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani, the founders of The Samdani Art Foundation, were recognized on the 2015 Top 200 Collectors list by Artnews. They have enabled Bangladeshi artists to expand their creative horizons through production grants, residencies, education programs, and exhibitions. The Foundation produces the bi-annual Dhaka Art Summit which is the world’s largest non-commercial platform for South Asian Art. The Foundation also collects art from all over the world, and the collection is available for Bangladeshi audiences to view (by appointment). Founders Rajeeb and Nadia Samdani.Works from Documenta, the Venice Biennale, Liverpool Biennale have a permanent home in Bangladesh. The collection contains works by emerging Bangladeshi artists such as Ayesha Sultana as well as established international artists such as Ceal Floyer, Ai Wei Wei, Anish Kapoor, and Pedro Reyes. The collection and foundation are run by American curator Diana Campbell Betancourt who is the Artistic Director of the foundation. Works from the Samdani Art Foundation collection are exhibited all over the world through loan requests at exhibitions such as the Kunsthalle Basel,Gwangju Biennial, and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.


The Samdani Art Foundation collaborates with international institutions to increase scholarship and exhibition opportunities for South Asian Artists. The 2016 Dhaka Art Summit will include curators from the Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, and Kunsthalle Zurich. The Samdanis sit on the international leadership council of the New Museum in New York and Mr. Samdani is the co-Chair of he Tate South Asia Acquisitions committee. The Samdani Art Foundation has supported international institutions such as the Kunsthalle Basel, the 2nd Kochi Biennale, and the 56th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia,however the Foundation is not a grant making body and generally works with curatorial collaborations on an institutional level.