Modern Indian Painting - Connoisseurship & the Passion of Art Collecting

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Tuesday, 9th April, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Jane and Kito de Boer's London home

Jane and Kito de Boer's London home

Asia Society India Centre and Pundole's cordially invite you to a panel discussion & book launch centered around the motivations and experiences of art collectors on their journey to building a personal collection. 

Collecting art and art patronage have been an integral part of the arts ecosystem for thousands of years. It is the support of collectors, to artists and arts institutions, that has enabled the development of artistic practice and excellence over the centuries. While some collect art as an investment, others buy art to build a collection like any other connoisseur. To be a collector is to educate oneself about a particular form and its practice, and through the act of collecting placing oneself in a historical continuum that carries on for generations. One takes on temporary stewardship of an object which has art historical significance that only deepens over time. Committed collectors can spend a lifetime working on their collections, investing their time and resources to maintain and care for these artworks, which, especially in the Indian context given the lack of well-managed and functioning arts institutions, is a very important role. 

Join us as we speak to Kito De Boer and Akshay Chudasama about their journey in collecting, their extensive art collections, and their passion for the arts which drives them to do the work they do, in a conversation moderated by Robin Dean, Specialist in Indian Art at Pundole’s.

The programme will also include an introduction to the recent Mapin publication 'Modern Indian Painting' which presents a survey of Indian painting from the late 19th century to the present day, drawn from the private collection of Jane and Kito de Boer.


Kito de Boer

Kito de Boer and Jane Gowers are noted collectors of Indian art. Their collection, located in New Delhi, London, and Dubai and numbering about 1,000 pieces, is one of the largest and most varied collections of modern Indian art in private hands. The collection includes works by Rameshwar Broota, Vasudeo Gaitonde, K. Laxma Goud, M. F. Husain, Francis Newton, Ganesh Pyne, A. Ramachandran, S. H. Raza, and F. N. Souza.


Akshay Chudasama

Akshay Chudasama is a Managing Partner - Mumbai Region, at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, specialising in Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Cross Border Investments, Private Equity, Real Estate, Hospitality, Franchising and Media & Entertainment law, with a vast experience in Cross Border Mergers & Acquisitions advising both foreign companies entering India and Indian companies in their outbound acquisitions, particularly in the Real Estate sector. He has been collecting art for over twenty years with a collection that ranges from Bengali masters such as Jogen Chowdhury and Lalu Prasad Shaw to more contemporary Indian Artists such as Nalini Malani, Bharti Kher and Asim Waqif and has recently moved into collecting International Contemporary Art.


Rob Dean

Rob Dean has worked in the field of Modern Indian Art since 1998. He has worked as a specialist of Modern and Classical Indian Paintings for both Christies and Sotheby's and now works independently as a gallerist, lecturer, and art consultant. In 2011 Rob became a co-founder of a new auction house Pundole's in Mumbai and has been at the forefront of Indian Art Auctions for the past 18 years.

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Event Details

Tue 09 Apr 2019
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Pundole’s,
Hamilton House,
8 J.N. Heredia Marg,
Ballard Estate, Mumbai 400038

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