Art & Design: David Adjaye Will Design a Museum in India|Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Goes to Ghana

David Adjaye is Designing a ‘Game-Changing’ Contemporary Art Museum in India.

Adjaye Associates has won a very important international competition to design India’s new Kiran Nadar Museum of Art & Cultural Center. The privately-funded center will become a leading cultural powerhouse in India.

The commission was announced yesterday at the 2019 Venice Art Biennale by Mrs Kiran Nadar and Sir David Adjaye. Ghanaian-British architect came top beating international architecture offices in the shortlist, including Ennead Architects, Selldorf Architects, Snøhetta and Thomas Phifer and Partners. 

At the announcement in Venice, Adjaye paid tribute to Kiran Nadar’s “incredible passion for the arts”. The collector is married to the businessman Shiv Nadar, the founder of the $8bn company HCL Technologies, and the two are major patrons for the Indian art scene. “This Center will be a cultural powerhouse open to all, furthering our vision of making art accessible to everyone. It is rooted in the conviction that we need to make protected spaces for the life of the imagination. Just as literacy and education programs open minds, the arts and culture experience stimulates new ways of thinking,” said Kiran Nadar, Chair, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and Cultural Center.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is Coming to Accra for Her Art Exhibition

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is due to show works in Ghana later this year and at Tate Britain in 2020 Spring (19 May-31 August).

The London-based painter is showing nine newly commissioned works at the Ghana pavilion which is making its debut at this year’s Venice Biennale (until 24 November); some of her works will go on show at the National Museum of Ghana in Accra when the pavilion exhibition tours after the Biennale ends. Other artists included in the pavilion presentation, entitled Ghana Freedom, include John Akomfrah, Ibrahim Mahama and Felicia Abban.

The Ghanaian pavilion, located in the Artiglierie of the historic Arsenale, has been designed by the prominent UK-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye. The pavilion curator is the Ghanaian writer and art historian Nana Oforiatta Ayim. They are both working on a number of cultural initiatives aimed at boosting the profile of the West African country.

The Tate show meanwhile will bring together more than 80 paintings and works on paper dating from 2003 to today. “Through her focus on the depiction of imagined black characters Yiadom-Boakye’s paintings raise important questions of identity and representation,” a Tate statement says.

In 2010, the artist told The New York Times that her compositions are “suggestions of people… they don’t share our concerns or anxieties. They are somewhere else altogether.”

Read more about the artist here.

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