Kamini Sawhney has recently joined the Museum of Art & Photography (MAP) in Bangalore as its Director.
MAP is an upcoming museum that is set to open its door to the public in the latter half of 2020. Designed as a 44,000 square foot facility in the heart of the city, it will be spread across five floors and will house multiple galleries, an auditorium, a research library, a conservation lab, classrooms, a museum store and cafe.
MAP has a growing collection that includes over 18,000 works of art, predominantly from the subcontinent, ranging across mediums and time periods (from the 12th century to the present). These are organised into six key areas: Pre-Modern Art; Modern & Contemporary Art; Photography; Folk & Tribal Art; Popular Culture; Textiles, Craft & Design. Motivated by the belief that museums should play a positive role in society, MAP’s vision is to serve as a catalyst of change in the sector and to facilitate greater public exposure to the important cultural history of the arts in India.
While the museum’s physical space is being built, MAP is actively reaching out to the
community through a variety of programmes and projects, including loans, lectures and
In her earlier role Kamini was the head of the Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation – one of the best private collections of Modern Indian Art put together over four decades by its founder Jehangir Nicholson. The collection is now on long term loan to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya(formerly the Prince of Wales Museum) and the Jehangir Nicholson gallery functions as the modern art wing of the Museum.
In addition to her role as curator, Kamini was the Chief Project Coordinator for the landmark exhibition – India and The World presented in 2017-18 by the CSMVS in collaboration with the British Museum and the National Museum, New Delhi. Bringing institutions together in collaborative projects has been of one her special skills enabling audiences in Mumbai the opportunity to enjoy several exhibitions that have resulted from collaborations with Tate, London, Foam Museum, Amsterdam, the KNMA, New Delhi and TIFR, Mumbai. Kamini was selected for the Brooks fellowship at Tate Modern, London in 2014 in collaboration with the Delfina Foundation.
In her earlier role as journalist and television anchor, Kamini was the Bureau Chief of NDTV, Mumbai where she reported on her whole range of events both political and cultural. Prior to this her first television stint was with the government’s broad casting wing, Doordarshan News. She has reported from all over India as well as internationally, covering news from Brazil, Australia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand and Indonesia.