Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani

Co-Founders Samdani Art Foundation & Dhaka Art Summit

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The Dhaka Art Summit (DAS), founded in 2012 by Samdani Art Foundation is an international, non-commercial research and exhibition platform for art and architecture related to South Asia

Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani are the Founders of the Samdani Art Foundation and Dhaka Art Summit. In 2011, they established the Samdani Art Foundation to support the work of Bangladesh and South Asia’s contemporary artists and architects to increase their exposure. As part of this initiative, they founded Dhaka Art Summit in 2012, which is a bi-annual event and has since completed five successful editions. The fifth edition has received a footfall of half a million visitors in nine days. They are members of the Tate’s South Asian Acquisitions Committee, Tate’s International Council, Art Dubai’s Advisory Council and Alserkal Avenue’s Programming Committee, and are among the founding members of the Harvard University Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute’s Arts Advisory Council. Rajeeb Samdani is also a founding member and the Co-Chair of Tate’s South Asian Acquisitions Committee.

Works from their collection have been lent to institutions and festivals including: Kunsthall Trondheim, Norway (2019), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2019); Para Site, Hong Kong (2018); Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2018); documenta 14, Kassel and Athens, (2017) among others. Nadia Samdani has been a guest speaker at Art Basel Hong Kong, Frieze London, India Art Fair and Pinta London among others. Together they have spoken at the Royal Ontario Museum of Art, UC Berkeley, Harvard University and the Private Museums Conference in Hong Kong. Through the foundation they have supported international exhibitions and art projects such as the 56th International Biennale di Venezia, supporting the projects of artists Naeem Mohaiemen and Raqs Media Collective in Okwui Enwezor’s exhibition: All the World's Futures (2015); the Kunsthalle Basel's first exhibition of a South Asian artist, Naeem Mohaiemen (2014); Bangladeshi-British artist Rana Begum's first major institutional solo exhibition at Parasol Unit, London (2014). Other supported exhibitions are the Kochi Muziris Biennale (2014), Shanghai Biennale (2016), Speak Lokal, Kunsthalle, Zurich (2017). In collaboration with Alserkal Avenue, the foundation organized the exhibition ‘Fabri(cated) Fractures’ in Concrete, Dubai in 2019 which featured works from the Samdani collection as well as works produced for previous editions of Dhaka Art Summit. They have also donated works by the Bangladeshi modern artist Rashid Choudhury from their collection to Tate and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani are the first and only South Asian art patrons to receive the prestigious Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award in 2017. They have been recognized on Artnews’ Top 200 Collectors list and Art Review’s Power 100 list every year since 2015. Rajeeb Samdani is the Managing Director and Nadia Samdani is a Director of Golden Harvest Group - one of the leading diversified conglomerates in Bangladesh.

Their new initiative is the Srihatta—Samdani Art Centre and Sculpture Park, is the forthcoming permanent art space established under the Samdani Art Foundation. Srihatta will be the first permanent dedicated space for the Foundation's programming and exhibition activities. The architecture for the centre is designed by Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury, who won the Agha Khan Award in 2016. This is also the country's first sculpture park and dedicated art space for international modern and contemporary art.