Air India International, Tata Airlines
Air India was one of the largest art collectors in Bombay. Indian art was used as branding for Air India in international competition right from the start.
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Archival records from a personal interview between the author and Jal Cowasjee, Mumbai, 5 May 2007.
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The painter Walter Langhammer and his wife Käthe built an informal infrastructure to promote local avant-garde artists and regularly invited them to Open Studio Evenings at their studio.
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The TIFR is one of India’s premier scientific institutions. Inside its buildings, scientists ponder over path-breaking ideas. Also, within its hallowed walls is a fine collection of modern Indian art.
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The advertisement expert, Rudolf von Leyden, became a major art critic and art historian in Bombay in the 1940s, advocating an urgent need for modernism in art in post-colonial India.
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