Roobina Karode

Roobina Karode is the Director & Chief Curator of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA). She has the rare combination of two distinct post-graduate specializations in Fine Arts (Art History) and Education. Roobina taught Western and Indian Art History for over fifteen years at various universities/ institutions including College of Art, the National Museum Institute, Jamia Millia Islamia University and the School of Art & Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2000 and a Ford Foundation Teaching Fellowship in 2006. An educator, art critic and curator, she envisions immense possibility for evolving a distinct model for KNMA, the first private museum initiative for Modern & Contemporary Art in India.

Since KNMA opened its doors in 2010, Roobina has been steering the activities of the Museum, working to make it a people-friendly place with a sustained and expansive viewership for the Museum. She has curated more than 18 major exhibitions at the KNMA that include Retrospectives on the art practice of women artists Nasreen Mohamedi and Nalini Malani as well as thematic exhibitions such as Is it what you think? Ruminations on time, memory and history and Consructs-Constructions. Her focus in the coming years at KNMA is to visualise ways of bringing art, education and people together through forms of sustained engagement.