Just as Tek sits on the Asia-Pacific acquisitions committee at the Tate, Bangladeshi industrialist Rajeeb Samdani, whose company Golden Harvest has interests in agriculture, aviation, commodities, food, logistics and technology, co-chairs its south Asian acquisitions committee. He and his wife Nadia are building an arts centre and sculpture park on a 100-acre property within sight of the Assam Hills in Sylhet. It promises to rival Inhotim, the stellar arts complex part-founded by mining magnate Bernardo de Mello Paz in a remote region of Brazil’s Minas Gerais state, a place of pilgrimage for art aficionados. Many of the works, says Samdani, will be site-specific installations, not least because Bangladesh’s import duties can be as much as 122 per cent, and having pieces created in-situ circumvents the need to import them.
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