Nita Ambani, a philanthropist, and wife of Asia's richest person got named to the board of the largest U.S. art museum after years of supporting exhibitions at the New York City institution.
Ambani's backing "has had an enormous impact on the museum's ability to study and display art from every corner of the world," Daniel Brodsky, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's chairman, said Tuesday in a statement.
Talking about her commitment of seeing Indian art and culture getting represented on a global platform, Nita Ambani said, “It has been deeply rewarding for me over the past several years to support The Metropolitan Museum of Art in its desire to expand and enhance its program of exhibiting the arts of India. I have been moved and impressed by The Met’s keen interest, which enables our commitment to see Indian art and culture represented on the global platform. This great distinction inspires me to redouble my efforts on behalf of India’s heritage, from the ancient to the contemporary.”
In 2017, the Reliance Foundation committed to support exhibitions that explore and celebrate the arts of India. In the same year, the museum honored her at The Met Winter Party, an event celebrating the achievements of those who foster greater diversity and inclusion in the world of art. Generous with her time and expertise, Nita Ambani is also a member of The Met's International Council.
In its initiatives to advance knowledge of Indian arts internationally, the foundation has supported not only the series of exhibitions at The Met but also presentations such as Gates of the Lord: The Tradition of Krishna Paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago.
It's a proud moment for India since for the very first time The MET will have an Indian trustee on its board.