The Dhaka-based industrialist couple’s interest in contemporary art moved from local artists such as S.M. Sultan to Western art-fair favourites – Marc Quinn and Damien Hirst – to something much more ambitious: of late they’ve been assembling a nuanced collection of South Asian art (and some more interesting Western names, such as Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster). But their influence isn’t just due to their collecting. Nor is it necessarily about their positions on various institutional committees, including the international councils of Tate and the New Museum (though all that helps). Instead it stems from the Dhaka Art Summit, a biennial melding of conference and exhibition set up in 2012 with a desire to develop an art scene in their homeland.
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