The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) has revealed the architectural model of its upcoming building. Sir David Adjaye, the renowned architect, collaborated with S. Ghosh & Associates to design the building. This new cultural center, set to become India’s largest, is scheduled to open in Delhi in 2026. The unveiling of the model coincides with the groundbreaking ceremony at the museum’s future site in New Delhi. The exhibition accompanying the model features significant artworks from KNMA’s collection. It includes pieces by Tyeb Mehta, Zarina, and Nasreen Mohamedi, spanning over a century.
KNMA’s Mission: Preserving India’s Cultural Heritage
Kiran Nadar established the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in 2010. As a prominent art collector, her aim was to preserve and showcase modern and contemporary Indian art. The KMNA has branches in New Delhi and Noida. The new location spans over 100,000 square meters and is situated near the Indira Gandhi International Airport on the National Highway (NH-8) in Delhi. The museum’s extensive collection of over 10,000 artworks draws from India’s rich cultural history.
A Visionary Cultural Destination
The upcoming KNMA will serve as an international cultural destination. It offers changing exhibitions, permanent displays, and performances. It seeks to provide a platform for visual arts, music, dance, and theatre. This will allow more of the collection to be exhibited simultaneously. The new building is a state-of-the-art cultural powerhouse. It is designed to engage diverse audiences and promote dialogue and exploration of various art forms.
Exploring the Theme: Mnemonic
The ongoing exhibition at KNMA explores the theme of “Mnemonic” through various mediums. It delves into the relationship between museums and memory. It reflects on the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 and its impact on the sense of place and being. Artists like Tyeb Mehta use imagery that symbolizes pain, healing, and historical burden. While Zarina’s poetic works touch upon themes of home, memory, and displacement. Amit Dutta’s film evokes Nasreen Mohamedi’s artistic vision, delving into metaphysical journeys and transcending physical boundaries.
KNMA Founder’s Vision and Architect’s Perspective
Kiran Nadar, the Founder and Chairperson of KNMA, expresses her excitement about unveiling the model of the new building. The space has been conceived as a world-class cultural center. The quest is to foster cultural discovery and diverse conversations. Sir David Adjaye, the architect, emphasizes the museum’s role in emboldening contemporary Indian art and serving as a dynamic cultural force. The location within Delhi, a city with a rich history dating back centuries, adds a unique context to the building’s design, rhythm, and landscape.
Public Display of the Architectural Model
Art enthusiasts and the general public can view the architectural model of the new KNMA building at KNMA Saket from May 19 to 28. This exhibition provides a sneak peek into the future of India’s largest cultural center. It showcases the vision and ambition of KNMA in bridging art and the public.
The unveiling of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art’s new architectural model for its new builiding marks a significant milestone in the development of India’s largest cultural center. KNMA aims to become a vibrant international cultural destination. It is committed to preserving India’s cultural heritage and promoting contemporary art. Through its upcoming location, the museum will provide a platform for visual arts, music, dance, and theater. It will foster an open dialogue and engagement with diverse audiences. There is an ongoing exhibition, centered around the theme of “Mnemonic.” It offers a thought-provoking exploration of memory and art’s role in preserving and reflecting on history. The model is now open for public viewing, giving art enthusiasts a glimpse of the exciting future that awaits at the KNMA.