Amna Naqvi - Guest Lecturer at The University of Hong Kong (HKU)

May 05 - April 11, 2022

Amna Naqvi, Co-Founder of AAN Foundation was invited as a Guest Speaker at the Department of Art History at The University of Hong Kong(HKU) to talk about Pakistani art both in its historic and contemporary forms. The lecture focused on the classical, modern and contemporary artworks in the AAN Collection as well as the work of the AAN Foundation and AAN Ideas Lab. She discussed the works of over forty artists. 

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

The AAN Foundation was honored at the Asia Society Art and Culture Gala

08 June, 2021

The AAN Foundation will be honored by the Asia Society at the Arts and Culture Gala along with other leaders in the field of art and culture!

We are honoured and humbled! #aanfoundation #aancollection #aanideas

We're excited to introduce our Arts and Culture Virtual Gala honorees! In the spirit of celebrating diversity and inclusion, we honor trailblazers of the arts in Hong Kong and globally at our gala, held in celebration of our 30th anniversary.

#ASHK30 #arts #culture #diversity #inclusion

Amna Naqvi - Guest Lecturer at Columbia University

01 April, 2021

Co-Founder of the AAN Foundation, Amna Naqvi is a guest lecturer at Columbia University. She speaks to students about the history of miniature painting as well as its contemporary manifestation. 

Amna Naqvi speaks at Art Basel Conversations on a panel titled 'Uncovering Asian Modernisms'

30 March, 2019

Our founder Amna Naqvi speaking at Art Basel Conversations this year.

She spoke on a panel titled 'Ink & Paint: Uncovering Asian Modernisms' on 30th of March with a great list of speakers. The panel was moderated by Lesley Ma, Curator, M+ Museum, Hong Kong and included leaders in the fields of exhibiting and supporting modernism in Asia such as Johnson Chang & Yamamoto San.

She spoke on modernists AR Chughtai, Shakir Ali, Sadequain, AJ Shemza and Zahoor Ul Akhlaque in the conversation and linked them to those who inherited their mantle such as Shahzia Sikander, Rashid Rana, Aisha Khalid and Imran Qureshi.

#artbasel #artbaselhongkong #modernism #asianmodernism

Scroll: An AAN Foundation Project will be exhibited at Pitzer Art Galleries in California, United States

08 February, 2019

The AAN Foundation Project 'Scroll' I is part of our 'Projects on Paper Series" which was published in the autumn of 2015 in conjunction with the AAN Gandhara Art Space exhibition 'How We Mark The Land' . Scroll I has been touring in the exhibition organised by the Independent Curators International. It has been exhibited at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art in Capetown and the Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos. Its latest stop is the Pitzer Art Galleries in California. The first edition was curated by Aziz Sohail.

About Publishing Against The Grain

Organized by the Independent Curators International (ICI), Publishing Against the Grain provides a space for reading, thinking, and conversing, where slowing down can become a form of intellectual resistance. It encourages discursive public participation, self-reflective investigation, and invites visitors to discover new perspectives while connecting differing and analogous spheres of contemporary art. 

The exhibition was made possible with the generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, ICI’s Board of Trustees and International Forum. - Text Credits: Pitzer College

Scroll: An AAN Foundation Project will be exhibited at Kenyon College, United States

05 October, 2018

Scroll: An AAN Foundation Project will be shown at ‘Publishing Against the Grain’ exhibition at the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College, Ohio, United States. This is the third stop of the traveling exhibition.It has been shown at the Zeitz Musueum of Contemporary Art, South Africa as well as Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria.  Scroll was created by Aziz Sohail!

Publishing Against the Grain opens next Friday, August 31 @gundgallery. The exhibition encourages discursive public participation, self-reflective investigation, and invites visitors to discover new perspectives.


'Of Honor and The Moment' - Amna Naqvi's Profile featured in Portfolio Magazine (Singapore), August 2018 Issue

28 August, 2018

Our Founder Amna Naqvi featured in an article in Portfolio Magazine - August 2018 issue.

“By being a custodian, I don’t just mean being a keeper of the collection, but having an engagement with art and curatorial practices as well. If collectors do not grow beyond collecting artworks, then it leads to a sense of inertia. I think as collections grow, collectors need to stretch the boundaries by being bold in their choice of artworks as well as in collaborating with art practitioners on new ideas and projects. They need to morph into collaborators as well as collectors.”

AAN Foundation Launches The LBF-AAN Research Grant 2018

22 July, 2018


"We at the AAN Foundation are pleased to be launching the LBF-AAN Research Grant with the Lahore Biennale. The LBF-AAN Research Grant was bestowed at the same time as the Central Sponsorship for the Inaugural Lahore Biennale by the AAN Foundation.

We believe research and documentation of art in Pakistan is integral to its robustness and growth. This will provide opportuni...ties to scholars, historians, and practitioners to germinate new ideas, and trace the movements and shifts in the development of art and its related fields.

We would like to thank our panel of Jurors; Prof Salima Hashmi, Prof Naazish Ata-Ullah and Naiza Khan (who is also the Mentor), who will help bring the LBF-AAN Research Grant to fruition".

- Amna Naqvi, Co-Founder
AAN Foundation

The AAN Foundation provides support to a wide range of art forms and encourages discourse on visual arts in particular. This includes offering platforms & support for exhibitions, private as well as public art projects, publications and art related initiatives. From a geographic perspective, the foundation is focussed on enabling and encouraging the arts in Pakistan, as well as considering the broader Asian region including Asia Pacific and South Asia. 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.

For more information on how to apply for the LBF-AAN Research Grant, please visit:…/lbf-aan-research-grant-2018/

AAN Foundation Artist-In-Residence Program in Spain - A Collaboration with the C3A, Centre for Contemporary Art Andalucia, Cordoba, Spain

02 June, 2018


The AAN Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its Artist in Residence Program in collaboration with C3A, Centre for Contemporary Art in Cordoba, Spain.

Adeel Uz Zafar has been selected as the first AAN Foundation Artist in the inaugural Residence-2018 and will be traveling to Spain for a month long residency.

The Scroll: An AAN Foundation project is exhibited at 'Publishing Against The Grain' an Exhibition at Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos Nigeria.

24 April, 2018

The Scroll will be exhibited at Publishing Against The Grain, This exhibition has been arranged by Independent Curators International. This is the second stop of the traveling exhibition. Scroll was created by Aziz Sohail

 The exhibition encourages discursive public participation, self-reflective investigation, and invites visitors to discover new perspectives. In this image, a detail of Exhausted Geographies, a publication based in Karachi, Pakistan

Credits: ICI Instagram

AAN Foundation is the Central Sponsor to the Lahore Bienniale 2017

March 15 - March 31, 2018


The AAN Foundation is pleased to be the Central Sponsor for the inaugural Lahore Biennale! We at the AAN Foundation continue to be a platform for supporting the visual arts from Pakistan regionally as well as globally, and have been engaged in this for the past twenty years