Three Works from the AAN Collection Are In The Exhibition 'I Am I Am And Not' - A Retrospective Exhibition of Aisha Khalid

November 28 - January 21, 2022

One of Aisha Khalid’s most important works will be shown in this exhibition after almost twenty years. This work is titled ‘Realm of Another God’ 1996. This work was created in 1996 and the National College of Arts where Khalid had competed her Bachelor in Fine Arts. This work was Khalid’s thesis painting and was exhibited at Chawkandi Galleries in 1999. Khalid’s skill and narrative ability is as usual masterful and for a student of miniature painting to attempt to paint such a large work as it is almost three feet x five feet is an act of complete confidence in her ability at miniature painting. Khalid comments on power, exploitation and imperialism in this work as she takes figures of authority and juxtaposes them with the public. One of the most unique aspects of this work is how heavily figurative it is.

This work is in the AAN Collection and was acquired as a cornerstone work in the collection of Aisha Khalid’s repository of artworks. The AAN Collection has the largest number of Aisha Khalid’s works in a private or institutional collection. It is unique as there are works from almost all eras of Khalid’s art practice in various media including paintings, textiles and video installations. Works from the collection have been shown at the Belvedere Museum Vienna, Aga Khan Museum Toronto, Pump House Galleries, London, SMK Copenhagen, Hong Kong University Art Gallery and Rijksaksdemie, Amsterdam.

We at the AAN Collection are pleased to lend this seminal artwork for Aisha Khalid’s retrospective exhibition ‘I Am, I Am Not’ which opens at Frere Hall, Chawkandi Galleries and AAN Art Space & Museum on the 28th of November. The exhibition will be showing seventy artworks over Khalid’s twenty-eight year art practice.

Realm Of Another God, 1996

Gouache and Gold Leaf on Wasli (Hand Prepared Paper)

30 X 54 Inches

AAN Collection



Academic Programmes at Fine Art Asia and Hong Kong Spotlight by Art Basel

29 October, 2020

Amna Naqvi spoke at the Academic Programmes at Fine Art Asia and Hong Kong Spotlight by Art Basel at the Hong Kong Convention Centre. The lecture series was titled 'Living with the Old and the New-Collecting Contemporary and Historic Art.
The talk focused on on cross collecting from various eras. These insightful Academic Programmes presented by: The Hong Kong Palace Museum, Fine Art Asia and Hong Kong Spotlight by Art Basel.

Collector Spotlight: Amna Naqvi - Lecture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

19 November, 2019

Hong Kong-based collector, philanthropist, and gallerist Amna Naqvi sees herself as an enabler and a storyteller. Through the AAN Foundation, which she co-founded, Naqvi creates platforms for contemporary artists from Pakistan to launch ambitious projects in Asia and globally. Join us for a private reception and take part in an intimate conversation about Naqvi’s unique view of collecting and its impact. Following the reception, enjoy reserved seating at Naqvi’s public lecture.

- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Amna Naqvi - Co Founder of AAN Foundation Contributes a Comprehensive Essay for the Publication 'I Am And I Am Not'

11 December, 2021

The catalogue for the retrospective exhibition 'I Am And I Am Not' by Aisha Khalid has been launched this afternoon at the iconic Frere Hall, Karachi. This catalogue accompanies the exhibition of the same title.

We at AAN are pleased that our founder Amna Naqvi is one of the writers who has contributed to to this publication and has written a comprehensive essay about Aisha Khalid's practice of twenty-eight years. "The Door Is Open, Let The Beauty We Love Be What We Do" is the title of the essay and is a verse from Jalaluddin Rumi's poetry. This essay covers Aisha Khalid's vast and multi-faceted fine art practice including paintings, in-situ and textile installations as well as other explorations.

About the Writer

Amna Tirmizi Naqvi is a collector, philanthropist, writer, thought leader and a supporter of the visual arts for over twenty years. The AAN Foundation which she has co-founded, creates platforms for Pakistani artists to launch ambitious projects in Pakistan, Asia and globally. The Foundation is supported by over nine hundred works of art in the AAN Collection, which have been exhibited in over fifty museums and public institutions such as The Met, Guggenheim Museum, Belvedere Museum, Venice Biennale, Mohatta Palace Museum and Singapore Art Museum. A former banker, she has been on the Global Council for Art & Culture, Asia Society and a member of the SAAC, Tate Modern. She has also published and supported over twenty five art publications. She is regularly invited to speak at institutions such as the Museum of Fine Art Boston, Art Basel, Columbia University, TEDx, amongst others. She has contributed to publications for DB Kunst Halle, Whitworth Art Gallery and Gandhara Art. She is regularly featured in global art publications such as Occula, Orientations, The Financial Times and Sotheby’s Magazine amongst others.

I Am I Am Not - A Retrospective Exhibition of Aisha Khalid

28 November 2021 - 21 January 2022

AAN Gandhara Art Space & Museum is honoured to be one of the three venues for Aisha Khalid’s Retrospective ‘I Am, I Am Not’.Curated by Masuma Halai Khwaja, the show brings into focus Khalid’s 28-year practice, spotlighting her unique journey. Khalid has played a vital role in the contemporary neo miniature movement, receiving global acclaim for her conflations of pattern and geometry, and meditations on power dynamics, the North-South divide, as well as spiritual connections.Spread across three venues, from the iconic Frere Hall to Chawkandi Art Gallery and AAN Gandhara Art Space, the show will offer audiences a chance to survey, in curator Khwaja’s words, the “nuanced complexities” and dualities that Khalid captures with her distinct imagery and visual vocabulary. Join us from 28th November 2021— 8th January 2022.

AAN Gandhara Art Space will now be called the AAN Art Space & Museum.

05 November, 2021

In the spirit of the ethos of the AAN Foundation, AAN Gandhara Art Space will now be called the AAN Art Space & Museum.

For over 15 years, the AAN Gandhara Art Space has been a dedicated space in Karachi which aims to break ground and challenge notions of both practice as well as narrative in exhibition making by being a platform for not only established and younger artists but for writers, curators and art historians as well. The Museum impending exhibition will be ‘I Am, I Am Not’ the Retrospective Exhibition of the artist Aisha Khalid which will include seventy artworks covering a 28 year art practice. The AAN Art Space & Museum is one of the three venues for this exhibition.

“Culture defines who we are, and if that is not shared, disseminated and hence preserved, it can be lost. Art and culture are susceptible to rampant global homogenization, and we felt that there were ideas, philosophies, voices and opinions that needed to be discovered and explored”. – Amna Naqvi, Co-Founder,

AAN Foundation in an interview to Ocula Magazine, 2016.

With almost 900 works in the collection and over fifteen years of exhibition making, please welcome the AAN Art Space & Museum.

AAN Foundation - A very significant part of the AAN Foundation’s aim is to provide support at the very initial/conceptual stages, to projects, which could become platforms for further strengthening the artistic space in their own areas and geographies. The AAN Foundation has been instrumental in building platforms for new work and supporting artists to show their work on a global stage, through exhibitions, private as well as public art projects, publications and other experimental initiatives both in Karachi as well as globally. This includes being the lead on exhibitions such as the Apparatus of Power by Shahzia Sikander at Asia Society Hong Kong, 2016, the Central Sponsor of the Inaugural Lahore Biennale, 2018 and support for the Asia Art Archive exhibition 36 Calendars by Song Dong in Hong Kong in 2013, as well as numerous projects in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

AAN Collection - The Foundation’s initiatives are also complemented and informed by the AAN Collection which comprises of almost 900 works of art ranging from 3rd Century Gandhara sculptures to 17th Century Mughal miniatures and contemporary works of art. Works from the collection have been part of major exhibitions at over 45 public institutions and museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Belvedere Vienna, the Singapore Art Museum, The Venice Biennial, The Sharjah Biennial, The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and MAXXI Museum Rome amongst others.

AAN Publication - It has also published over 25 publications focusing on contemporary art and has commissioned art historians, curators and art critics to contribute to this documentation of the Pakistan art space.#aanideas #aanartspaceandmuseum #aanfoundation #aancollection #aanpublication #art #contemporaryart #modernart #artspace #museum

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SCROLL- Projects on paper

Amna Naqvi, Aziz Sohail, Bani Abidi, Naiza Khan, Omar Wasim And Saira Sheikh, Roohi Ahmed, Shahana Rajani & Zahra Malkani
December 2016
Hardback, 12 pages

Look At The City From Here

aHajra Haider, Amna Naqvi, Iftikhar Dadi, Adnan Madani, Yaminay Chaudhri, Naveed Alam
July 2016
Hardback, 91 pages
ISBN : 978-969-7592-01-2

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