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For the love of art: Nita Ambani becomes first Indian trustee of New York's Metropolitan Museum

This year's Met Gala was attended by Isha, the daughter of Asia’s richest man -Mukesh Ambani.

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Updated: Nov 13, 2019, 12.01 PM IST
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​Nita Ambani is the first Indian trustee in the Metropolitan Museum's 150-year history.
Nita Ambani is the first Indian trustee in the Metropolitan Museum's 150-year history.
By Dave McCombs

Nita Ambani, philanthropist and wife of Asia’s richest person, was 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.

The wife of Mukesh Ambani, chairman of refining-to-telecom giant Reliance Industries Ltd., has been promoting Indian art and culture around the world along with sports and development programs inside the country as the head of the conglomerate’s foundation. Nita Ambani, 57, was elected to become an honorary trustee of the museum, according to the statement.

Reliance Foundation Founder and Chairperson, Nita Ambani, with her daughter Isha at the culmination of a drive to collect PET bottles across India in Mumbai last week. Reliance Foundation undertook a Recycle4Life programme as a part of national campaign Swachata Hi Seva.
Reliance Foundation Founder and Chairperson, Nita Ambani, with her daughter Isha at the culmination of a drive to collect PET bottles across India in Mumbai last week. Reliance Foundation undertook a Recycle4Life programme as a part of national campaign Swachata Hi Seva.

The 149-year-old Metropolitan museum draws billionaires, celebrities and millions of visitors a year to see art spanning 5,000 years from around the world. The not-for-profit institution reported revenue, support and transfers of $384.7 million in 2018 at the operating level, down from $385.3 million the previous year, according to its annual report.

“The Met enables Indian art to be shown at an iconic institution and further encourages us to continue our work in the art world,” Nita Ambani said in a 2017 statement from the museum.
​Nita Ambani (2nd ), Founder and Chairperson of Reliance Foundation with the Metropolitan Museum of Art leadership - Daniel Brodsky, Chairman of the Board; Daniel Weiss, President & CEO; and Max Hollein, Director, on the occasion of her election to the board of trustees.
Nita Ambani (2nd ), Founder and Chairperson of Reliance Foundation with the Metropolitan Museum of Art leadership - Daniel Brodsky, Chairman of the Board; Daniel Weiss, President & CEO; and Max Hollein, Director, on the occasion of her election to the board of trustees.

Bloomberg Philanthropies, which along with Bloomberg LP is owned by Michael Bloomberg, helps fund the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mukesh Ambani, the world’s 14th-richest person and Asia’s wealthiest, had a net worth of about $55 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

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The 2019 Met Gala saw stars bring their best fashion game to the pink carpet keeping in theme with this year's theme 'Camp: Notes on Fashion'. The theme was inspired by a seminal 1964 essay by American author Susan Sontag in which she describes the phenomenon as something that shan't be talked about: "To talk about Camp is therefore to betray it." The Metropolitan Museum of Art, whose yearly bash welcomes over-the-top looks based on a theme, saw pink and gold, trains, fringe and fur as the gala kicked off in New York City. Singer Lady Gaga, Gucci designer Alessandro Michele, British singer Harry Styles and tennis superstar Serena Williams joined Vogue editor Anna Wintour in co-chairing the event, which raises money for the Costume Institute. In Pic (L to R): Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Lady Gaga.
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