Nita Ambani successfully dons many hats. Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, Founder of Dhirubhai Ambani International School, President of Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, and the list goes on. The multi-talented Nita Ambani has even begun to take a keen interest in the art world over the last few years.
Focused on preserving and promoting traditional Indian art forms, the Nita Ambani-led Reliance Foundation also sponsored the exhibition held at the Art Institute of Chicago which displays paintings depicting Shrinathji through pichwai paintings.
Mrs. Ambani was also the biggest funder of Nasreen Mohamedi’s debut show held at the new Met Breuer. The modernist show was the first display of the artist in the United States. Nita Ambani explained how she continues to be incredibly moved by Mohamedi’s work. Reliance Foundation collaborated with The Met in order to celebrate Mohamedi’s legacy. Slowly but certainly, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is being recognized as one of the most active contributors to international art.
Nita Ambani stated that she plans on establishing her own museum in India. Although the initial planning has already begun, with her acquiring a 19-acre plot close to Reliance’s international school, the museum is set to open its doors to the public by 2018. Designed to be an exhibition space for art shows, the convention center’s infrastructure would also include a 2,000 seat theater, exhibition areas, offices, residences, and retail spaces.
The Art Institute’s curator of Indian art, Madhuvanti Ghose, explained how the Ambanis’ zeal helps them create a unique identity for themselves as she professed her admiration for their efficiency. She praised Nita Ambani’s taste in art and her dedication to social causes like her health and education initiatives.
Nita Ambani’s love for art is greatly reflected in her Mumbai house. Complete with modern as well as contemporary artworks, one may even refer to Antilla as an art lover’s paradise. The paintings on display range from earthy abstracts by M.F. Husain, a 9-foot-long Mumbai map by Subodh Gupta, to a golden orb installation sculpted by Anish Kapoor.
She explains how her house is home to an eclectic collection of art which includes bright paintings, murals, sculptures, and other forms of artwork. Several pieces focusing on wildlife, Lord Krishna, and education can be found at her home. On entering, visitors will be welcomed by a large painting of Lord Krishna in the lobby.
Although Nita Ambani confesses that she hasn’t tried her hand at painting, she admits to dabbling a little in it in the form of her children’s projects. She calls her daughter, Isha, the artist of the family. Although she hasn’t received formal training, Isha Ambani enjoys painting abstract pieces and landscapes. Some of her work has also made it to Mukesh Ambani’s office, and the study room in Antilla.