founders of The Samdani Art Foundation, Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani, the, were acknowledged on the Top 200 Collectors list,2015 by Artnews. They encouraged Bangladeshi artists for enhancing their creativity. The 25th anniversary of the list announced them “young Bangladeshi investors, who are not only prodigious collectors of art of their region- their vast collection includes modern and contemporary Bangladeshi artist as well as artist from India and Pakistan- they are aslo avid supporters of it. Rajeeb is co-chair and a founding member of Tate’s South Asian Acquisition Committee but the Samadin’s have become best known for their biennial, Dhaka art summit, which brings together curator, artists, and other art professionals from around the globe.”Dhaka Art Summit is the world’s largest non-commercial platform for South Asian Art. The Foundation also collects art from all over the world, and the collection is available for Bangladeshi audiences to view. Works from Documentary, the Venice Biennale, Liverpool Biennale have a permanent home in Bangladesh. The collection contains works by emerging Bangladeshi artists such as Ayesha Sultana, CealFloyer, Ai Wei Wei, Anish Kapoor, and Pedro Reyes. The foundation is run by American curator and Artistic Director, Diana Campbell Betancourt. Works from the Samdani Art Foundation collection are exhibited all over the world through loan requests at exhibitions such as the Kunsthalle Basel,Gwangju Biennial, and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.
The Samdani Art Foundation collaborates with international institutions to increase scholarship and exhibition opportunities for South Asian Artists. The 2016 Dhaka Art Summit will include curators from the Tate Modern, Center Pompidou, and Kunsthalle Zurich. The Foundation is not a grant making body and generally works with curatorial collaborations on an institutional level.