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Finding Raza: The science of building an art collection

After Ajay Piramal had experimented with collecting a few works by multiple popular artists, he dove deep into S.H. Raza's work.

February 26, 2022 / 09:44 AM IST
Piramal Group Chairman Ajay Piramal founded the Piramal Museum of Art in November 2015.

Piramal Group Chairman Ajay Piramal founded the Piramal Museum of Art in November 2015.

The Piramal Museum of Art recently kicked off an exhibition of 30 works by master artist S.H. Raza at Piramal Aranya in Byculla. The exhibit, which will be open to the public until February 28, features important works by the late Raza that range from the time he spent in Paris to the 'Bindu Series' and other unusual works by the master. The event in part was conducted to celebrate what would have been the late artist's 100th birthday.

Piramal Group Chairman Ajay Piramal, who founded the museum, talked about how he got started on collecting Raza, what he sees in the late artist, and why the art world has boomed in recent years. Edited excerpts:

Given that you have been into art for a while, how did you get started on collecting Raza's works specifically ? 

My interest in Indian art is actually not that old, and some folks think it has been going for very long - maybe 17 years or so. I think I could always relate to modern art more than that which is too traditional. Of course, it is my belief that the art I collect has to be pleasing to my eye.