The Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation was set up to take care of one of the richest private collections of modern Indian art. The collection was put together over at least five decades by Jehangir KS Nicholson, who bought his first painting in 1968. He continued building on this collection until his death in 2001.
In his Will, he expressed the desire that a home be found for this collection of 800 artworks, where it would be accessible to the public. The proceeds of his Estate were to go towards supporting the collection and the promotion of related artistic activities. His Executors accordingly set up The Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation.
The JNAF entered into a collaboration with Mumbai’s premier museum Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) in 2008. The collection is on a 15-year loan to the CSMVS where a Gallery bearing Jehangir Nicholson’s name has been created enabling his art collection to be shared with the public, as he had wished. The gallery functions as the modern art wing of the Museum and displays this vast collection through rotating exhibitions.
The Jehangir Nicholson Collection comprises around 800 works of modern and contemporary art from India, collected between 1968 and 2001, and dating back to 1930. A small selection of paintings from the collection were on display at the Jehangir Nicholson Museum of Modern Art at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) from 1976 to 2008. The collection is currently on a 15-year loan to the CSMVS Museum, where it adds a modern and contemporary dimension to the Museum.