12 Feb 2014

Ministry of Culture and Tate sign MoU to develop collaborations focused on Modern and Contemporary Art

The Union Ministry of Culture and the Tate here today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), expressing a mutual desire to develop collaborations focused on modern and contemporary art. 

The agreement was signed by Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Shri Pramod Jain and Head of International Partnerships, Tate, Ms. Judith Nesbitt. 

Under this Agreement, the Ministry of Culture and Tate agree to cooperate on institution to institution collaboration in areas of common interest including exhibitions, scholarly research, fellowships, collection care, learning programmes and loans. 

Across all areas, there will be a commitment to collaborative exchange between museum colleagues in both India and the UK. 

With the aim of developing mutual understanding of British and Indian art, this MoU provides a framework for future projects, building on previous collaborations. 

In 2007, the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi and the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, worked in collaboration with Haus der Kunst and Tate Modern on the Amrita Sher-Gil exhibition shown in Munich and London in 2007. 

Tate Modern is working in partnership with Khoj International Artists` Association on Word. Sound. Power, an exhibition currently on display at Khoj in New Delhi.

 In the field of collection care, The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and Tate have supported the exchange of conservation expertise in Delhi, Bangalore and London. 

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Shri Ravindra Singh said, “this agreement is a part of a series of international collaborations undertaken by the Ministry of Culture, which would strengthen the Museum sector in the country and lead to a cross pollination of ideas.” 

Tate Director, Sir Nicholas Serota said, “this timely agreement will support the reciprocal exchange of ideas and knowledge in the field of modern and contemporary art in India and the UK, allowing deeper engagement with art for audiences in both nations.” 

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