Released September 26, 2008
The Peabody Essex Museum is proud to announce the election of Ms. Tina Ambani to its Board of Trustees. Ms.Ambani is recognized as a leading force in India for the promotion of modern and contemporary Indian art and artists.
"Tina Ambani's passionate commitment to traditional, modern, and contemporary Indian art makes her an ideal person to serve as PEM's first international trustee," said Richard Carlson, Chairman of the Board. Dan Monroe, Director and CEO of the Peabody Essex Museum, further added that "Ms. Ambani's election to the Board of PEM recognizes a two hundred-year relationship with India and reinforces a firm shared commitment between Ms. Ambani and PEM to advance understanding and appreciation of traditional and contemporary Indian art to audiences worldwide."
Tina Ambani is the founder of the Harmony Art Foundation, an institution which supports India's emerging and established artists. The Foundation's yearly contemporary art show presents young, upcoming talent with that of acknowledged masters, and is the largest of its kind in the country. Over the past 13 years, the Harmony Art Foundation has showcased the work of nearly 1,500 artists and has attracted over a half million visitors.
"There is a tremendous synergy between the Peabody Essex Museum and Harmony Art Foundation based on our belief in Indian art, and our genuine commitment to bring it to the global stage. It's time that the art world looks beyond current fads and market trends to establish an abiding interest in the incredible power and potential of Indian art, " said Ambani.
Among Ambani's other philanthropic activities are a range of social welfare and assistance programs addressing the concerns of disadvantaged children and the elderly. She is the chairperson of the Harmony for Silvers Foundation, a Mumbai-based non-governmental organization advocating the quality of life of the elderly through a variety of initiatives.
A former Bollywood movie star, Mrs. Ambani (then Tina Munim) put her career on hold to pursue her education in the U.S. Upon her return to India, she married the industrialist Anil Ambani, with whom she has two sons. A graduate of the Los Angeles Institute of Interior Design, Mrs. Ambani has been on the board of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai. She has also served on the reconstituted General Assembly of the India Council for Cultural Relations, India's pre-eminent agency for cultural exchange.
PEM and India
The Peabody Essex Museum began collecting Indian art in 1799. Among the Museum's most stunning pieces ranging from the 1600s to the present are those currently featured in the Prashant H. Fadia Foundation and Deshpande Foundation galleries of traditional Indian art, and the Edger M. Batchelder Gallery showcasing important Mughal works. With the addition of the renowned Chester and Davida Herwitz collection of contemporary Indian art in 2000, the museum established a unique international position as the holder of one of the most comprehensive collections of Indian art showcasing the breadth and depth of Indian artistic achievement. PEM is singular among American museums in its continuing commitment to collecting and presenting the work of modern and contemporary Indian artists. In addition to its three galleries dedicated to Indian art, the museum presents a constantly changing array of exhibitions, publications, education, and public programs dedicated to engendering increased appreciation of Indian art and culture.