Connoisseurship and Collection: A Panel Discussion and Book Launch


Modern Indian Painting: Jane & Kito de Boer Collection

2019 03 16 Modern Indian Painting Jane and Kito de Boer Collection

At a time when art is often seen as a financial strategy, what it means to be a connoisseur who collects for passion and pleasure, instead of profit, becomes increasingly important. In this sense, a connoisseur approaches art like a cultural historian, rather than as just a buyer. How can art collecting connect us to past and present aesthetic ideals, more inclusive histories, and the immense riches of human creativity, and how might this shape the nature of an art collection? Join us for a discussion moderated by Boon Hui Tan, Vice President of Global Arts & Cultural Programs and Director of Asia Society Museum, with collectors of Indian art Kent Charugundla, Kito de Boer, Sunil Hirani, and Dipti Mathur.

This program will be followed by a book signing and reception.

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03 16 2019 Kent Charugundla

Kent Charugundla is a major art collector based in New York. He has been a champion of Indian art and collecting Indian art since the early 1990’s. He has supported the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum, the Newark Museum, the Queens Museum, and Asia Society Museum. He is the inventor of over a dozen patents, and the recipient of multiple telecom industry awards. He was awarded Lifetime Achievement Award for Telecommunications in 2005. Currently, he is active in establishing educational partnerships with colleges and universities across the U.S., serves on the Global Arts Council on Asian Arts and Culture of Asia Society and is the CEO of Empire Ventures.


03 16 2019 Kito de Boer

Jane Gowers and Kito de Boer 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.


03 16 2019 Sunil Hirani

Sunil Hirani is a financial technology innovator with a passion for Indian art. Hirani is a member of the Collections Committee at Asia Society as well as an enthusiastic supporter of the exhibition "The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India" (2018). He is also on the Mittal Institute Arts Council at Harvard University. 


03 16 2019 Dipti Mathur

Dipti Mathur is a biochemist turned collector of South Asian art. She has served as a Trustee of the Seattle Art Museum and the San Jose Museum of Art, and as a member of the Collections Committee of the Asia Society Museum. She is also on the Contemporary Art Advisory Panel of the Asian Art Museum, and was a founding member of the Asian Contemporary Art Consortium, San Francisco. She currently serves on the Collections Committee of the Asian Art Museum and the Arts Council of the Mittal Institute at Harvard University. Mathur lives in the Bay Area with her family.



About Modern Indian Painting: Jane & Kito de Boer Collection

Modern Indian Painting presents a survey of Indian painting from the late nineteenth century to the present day, drawn from the private collection of Jane and Kito de Boer remarkable for its broad historical scope and wide range of artists. The book clearly delineates major developments over a long period of time, while contextualizing them with previously unpublished examples by major artists.

Modern Indian Painting can be purchased at the AsiaStore or through the AsiaStore website.



Event Details

Sat 16 Mar 2019
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Asia Society
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

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