Bank of America and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai, to restore
Anvar-i Suhayli at the CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre
MUMBAI: January 18, 2012 – Bank of America has today announced
that the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai, (CSMVS Museum)
will receive vital funding for the conservation of Anvar-i Suhayli. The
restoration will be done through the Bank of America Art Conservation Project in
partnership with the CSMVS Museum at the CSMVS Art Conservation Centre.
The Anvar-i Suhayli, a 16th-centuryillustrated manuscript with a compilation
of delightful fables from the Panchatantra and created at Emperor Akbar’s
atelier in the early Mughal miniature style,carries an A++ Grading, the highest
grading available that positions it as an artwork of unique national importance.
Mr Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Director of the CSMVS Museum, Mumbai acknowledged
and welcomed the extension of this Bank of America global initiative to Asia. “In
my knowledge, this is among the first instances of a bank adopting a work of art
for conservation in a museum in India,” he said.
The CSMVS Museum, Mumbai will use the grant to further historical research of the
manuscript, conduct technical analysis of the fragmented folios of the painting,
and conserve and restore the Images. It is anticipated that the work will be completed
by early 2013.
“In these economically-challenged times, and as art conservation consumes
ever greater portions of museum budgets, the need for private arts funding has become
even more critical. We are proud of our 140 year presence in India and appreciate
the opportunity to partner with CSMVS, Mumbai to preserve this cherished piece of
Indian history,” said Ms Kaku Nakhate, country head India, Bank of
The Bank of America Art Conservation Project provides grants to non-profit institutions
around the world to preserve artworks that are of important cultural or historical
value, for the enjoyment of future generations. It was piloted in Europe, the Middle
East and Africa in 2010, providing funding to restore a diverse range of artworks
in 10 countries. 2011 saw the project expanded to Asia Pacific, Latin America and
the U.S. to facilitate the restoration of 20 pieces of art.
The project in India will be jointly led by Mrs Vandana Prapanna, Senior Curator
and Mr Anupam Sah, Head of Art Conservation, Research and Training at CSMVS Museum
Art Conservation Centre.
Sah said: “We are pleased to have been selected to benefit from Bank
of America’s global art conservation initiative. The conservation and restoration
of this important and delightful work will make it possible to showcase Anvar-i
Suhaylito the world’s public for years to come.”
“We are pleased to expand the Art Conservation Project to be a truly global
program in 2012,” said Rena DeSisto, Global Arts and Culture executive
at Bank of America. “As a company with employees and clients in more
than 100 countries around the world, we learn every day that cultural understanding
and respect are an important foundation for economies and societies to thrive.
This program makes real investments in the cultural treasures of many nations while
at the same time helping museums with the growing cost of art conservation.”
The Art Conservation Project is an extension of the bank’s global commitment
to supporting the arts. Partnering with more than 6,000 arts organizations worldwide,
Bank of America’s multi-faceted Arts and Culture Program provides assistance
for a wide spectrum of the arts, with an emphasis on programs that foster greater
cultural understanding. The company’s investment in the arts strengthens institutions
that contribute to local economies and makes opportunity possible in a climate that
promotes innovation and tolerance in an increasingly integrated world.
Bank of America Supporting the Arts
As a company serving clients in more than 100 countries and with more than 250,000
employees, Bank of America is committed to a diverse program of cultural support
that engages individuals, organizations, communities and cultures in building mutual
respect and understanding and which strengthens institutions that contribute to
local economies. The company’s investment in the arts sets opportunity in
motion in a climate that fosters innovation, respect and tolerance for an increasingly
Bank of America art support program in Europe and Central Eastern Europe, Middle
East and Africa (CEEMEA) builds on the company’s leadership in arts support
in the U.S. and the company now works with nearly 6,000 arts organizations worldwide.
The Arts and Culture Program is multi-layered and includes support across all art
forms with an emphasis on program that create greater cultural understanding.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, (formerly Prince of Wales Museum
of Western India) was established in 1905 and is one the premier art and history
museums in India situated in the Crescent Site on the southern tip of Mumbai. The
Museum building is designed in the Indo-Saracenic architectural style and is listed
a Grade I Heritage Building. The Museum houses a world class collection of over
60,000 artifacts which comprises of various forms of modern and ancient art from
India and beyond i.e. Far-East, Nepal, Tibet and Europe. It has an important archaeological
collection and a natural history section, which are major attractions for children.
This spectacular collection comprises of purchases and generous donations from benefactors
like Sir Ratan Tata and Sir Dorabji Tata. Several artifacts have been acquired from
Seth Purshottam Mavji, Karl and Meherbai Khandalavala and the Archaeological Survey
The Museum has won an award for Heritage Building Maintenance by the Indian Heritage
Society. It has also been awarded the ‘2010 UNESCO Asia – Pacific Heritage
Award’ for Cultural Heritage Conservation. Its present initiatives are being
directed to it becoming more socially relevant and inclusive in its curatorial approach,
education and art conservation programs.