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Manisha Abhay Nene

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS)

Assistant Gallery Director

Country: India


When Manisha joined the ITP in 2011 she was a Senior Curator at CSMVS Museum in Mumbai. She was in charge of the Art Section and responsible for collections management, documentation, research, education and publications. She is now the Assistant Director for Galleries at CSMVS and has an MA in Ancient Indian Culture. Manisha’s research interests include decorative arts and textiles.

In last four years Manisha has co curated three permanent galleries at CSMVS: The Indian Textile and Costume Gallery, Himalayan Art Gallery and the Indian Metal and Decorative Art Gallery. Manisha was responsible for the loaned objects from 29 institutions for the India and the World, a history in nine stories exhibition; 215 exhibits of loaned objects were installed, including objects from the British Museum collection. Manisha also co-authored CSMVS’ textiles catalogue and contributed to museum’s Research Journal.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2011, Manisha was based in the Asia Department and her partner placement was spent at Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives.

Manisha’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Visions of Ganesha.

Legacy Projects
In 2013 Manisha returned to the British Museum to transform her exhibition project proposal Visions of Ganesha into a Room 3 (Asahi Shimbun Displays). Manisha named the final exhibition From Temple to Home: Celebrating Ganesha and after it was displayed at the British Museum from February – May 2014 it travelled as a touring exhibition to Russell Cotes Museum, Oxford Museum, Cartwright Hall, The Bowes Museum, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, The Horniman Museum and Brent Museum. The exhibition received over 500,000 visitors.

In November 2015 Manisha attended the ITP Mumbai Workshop Creating Museums of World Stories. The workshop was held at CSMVS and was attended by many ITP fellows from different years and countries, UK partners and British Museum Colleagues. Workshop delegates were split into groups of mixed nationality and asked to create exhibition proposals based on the concept of Your city and the world – examining how national and international stories are interconnected, through the lens of material culture. Manisha’s team from Delhi, Kenya, Mumbai, Nigeria, Jerusalem and the UK, chose Bristol and the idea of migration and invisible communities as their project.

In 2016 Manisha attended the Museum Association Conference in Glasgow with the ITP team and the fellows she worked with at the Mumbai Workshop. After the conference the group traveled to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery to begin working on their project and creating an online exhibition. The Bristol Online Exhibition was completed in 2018.

In 2019, Manisha took part in the ITP+ Course on Museums and Education held at CSMVS Mumbai which focussed on the vital role museums can play in education, learning and social development. The workshop was attended by ITP fellows from India, Malaysia,Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe as well as UK partners and British Museum colleagues.

ITP Newsletter Publications
ITP Newsletter Issue 3 (2016), Reasons for celebration: Sanchayan: new acquisitions at CSMVS