The Museum of Art & Photography (MAP) is a new museum project in Bangalore centred around a large and varied collection of art, photography, textiles and design, predominantly from the Indian subcontinent. At the heart of MAP’s identity is the idea of tracing and mapping relationships between artistic disciplines – breaking away from older schools of categorisation, and striving instead towards a newer idea of narrative building.
MAP will occupy a 25,000 square feet site in the centre of city – and while this space will be the hub of its activities, the idea of MAP is to exist beyond the four walls of the traditional museum space – actively reaching out to the community through a variety of programmes and projects, including loans, exhibitions, lectures and grants.
Scroll down for more about our vision, current projects, collection and the people behind MAP.
At MAP, we align ourselves with a global shift towards newer modes of curatorial intervention and an increased recognition of the fundamental role of the museum in arts education. It is our vision to transform the perception of museums and art in India, through affecting a change in arts education and research, a professional approach to collection management processes, and by rethinking how art heritage is presented and objects are defined.
The Indian subcontinent has an extremely rich heritage of diverse artistic, artisanal and architectural traditions, but unfortunately as a counterpoint, one of the least developed museum systems. This directly plays into a general public disinterest in the arts and history, that is propagated by an educational system that considers them to be of little socio-economic relevance.
Motivated by a need to move beyond the state of the current museum system in India today, MAP intends to become a living institution for the visual arts, and forms part of a new wave of museums in India attempting to draw attention to the cultural value of the arts. At MAP’s core, is the idea of the museum as existing beyond the confines of its physical space, and it hopes to catalyse greater public participation and engagement in the arts, both by providing greater access to its collection, and by actively enabling debate, discussion and education through its exhibitions, research projects, talks, seminars and other outreach programmes.
The construction of MAP’s physical spaces will form the second phase of our museum project. In the meantime, we strive to realise our vision through loans, exhibitions, archiving and restoration and a public lecture programme.
See the links below to learn more about our ongoing activities.
MAP has an active programme of lending artworks from its collection to museums and foundations around the world – from small scale exhibition projects, to major museum shows.
We work both with organisations and independent curators; and aside from helping with sections of our collection that are comprehensive, are also especially keen on highlighting objects from the collection that have previously been considered insignificant by the art historical canon.
Information on previous loans projects can be found on the Programmes page of the site; for more details, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As well as lending artworks on request, MAP also produces complete travelling exhibitions, often accompanied by exhibition catalogues and suggested outreach projects and initiatives.
These are enabled, both by in-house curated exhibitions that are exhibited in alternate museum spaces, as also entirely collaborative projects with other cultural institutions and international museums.
Information on previous exhibition projects can be found on the Programmes page of the site; for more details, please write to us at email@example.com.
The Collection at MAP is extensive and houses over 10,000 artworks, that are currently in the process of being photo-documented and archived into a central museum database. It is our desire at MAP, to have the entire collection digitally available online through this process, enabling greater and free public access.
In keeping with international standards, we are dedicated to the use of current and up to date technologies and processes to enable proper conservation and restoration of our collection. Building on our personal experiences, we are also available for consultation to other key collections in India, on how to improve their collection management systems and practices.
For more information on our archive and for details on a consultancy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the aim of encouraging much needed discussion and public education in the arts in India, MAP collaborates with the Tasveer Foundation and the National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru to organise a quarterly series of lectures.
These public lectures are delivered by leading art historians, artists, curators and academics who have an engagement with the visual culture of India. Previous speakers have included Prof B. N. Goswamy, Amit Ambalal, Prof. Jyotindra Jain, Karen Knorr and William Dalrymple.
For more information on earlier lectures, please visit our Programmes section.
Recognising the paramount need for active and grass-roots support in the field of arts education in India, MAP will issue a series of research grants.
Currently rolling, the first MAP grant will offer the successful candidate funding to carry out a sustained project on a chosen and approved aspect of its collection. The findings of this research project will then be presented by the candidate at a public lecture, and form part of a MAP publication.
If you’re interested and would like to learn more about our research opportunities, please contact us at email@example.com.
MAP’s collection consists of a large and varied range of works predominantly from the Indian subcontinent, dating from the 12th century to the present. Keeping practical archiving concerns in mind, the collection has been divided into six key departments – Modern & Contemporary, Photography, Folk & Tribal, Popular Art and Textiles, Craft and Design and Pre-Modern Art. It is however our intention to present the fluid nature of these categories, and the ways in which they both contest and overlap one another through our curatorial programmes and projects.
Read more, and browse through works on the Collections page of the website.
The modern and contemporary holdings include a wide cross-section of art in India, in recent history. Tracing several styles and art movements, it is home to works by artists such as Jamini Roy, Bhupen Khakhar, Jyoti Bhatt, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Ravinder Reddy, Ravi Verma, Rabindranath Tagore, Abanindranath Tagore, Binod Behari Mukherjee, Ramkinkar Baij, M.F. Husain, J Swaminathan, V.S. Gaitonde, K.G. Subramanian, Atul Dodiya, Jitish Kallat, Mithu Sen, Riyas Komu and others.
Photography makes up one of the largest sections of the collection and features extensive holdings from the 19th century by photographers such as Samuel Bourne, John Burke, Francis Frith, William Johnson, Colin Roderick Murray, John Edward Saché, Charles Shepherd, E. Taurines and Raja Deen Dayal. Highlights from the collection of 20th century photography includes vintage prints by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Marc Riboud, Martine Franck, Raghu Rai, Dayanita Singh, TS Satyan and many more. The collection also includes contemporary photographers working in India, such as Karen Knorr, Vivek Vilasini and Maïmouna Guerresi.
Popular Art makes up a significant body of the collection and covers the development of the printing and advertising industry in India from the 19th century to the coming of the digital age in the late 20th century – including woodcut block prints and Ravi Varma’s oleographs, Nathadwara collages, Kalighat paintings, educational charts, textile labels, calendar art, commercial art, and a range of Bollywood paraphernalia from lobby cards to posters.
The Folk & Tribal section of the collection displays a wide range of India’s regional communal artistic practices. Its extensive holdings include both already canonised forms and relatively underappreciated traditions such as patua scrolls from Bengal, shadow puppets from southern India, Bhuta idols from Karnataka and religious terracottas from Tamil Nadu. It further also holds some of India’s most well-known contemporary artists in the form of Warli paintings by Jivya Soma Mashe, Gond paintings by Jangarh Singh Shyam and Mithila paintings by Baua Devi.
The Textile, Craft & Design collection includes important examples of textile traditions such as patolas, chintz hangings, kalamkaris, pahari rumaals, phulkaris, and kanthas, alongside many other techniques and styles. It is also home to a variety of decorative arts in furniture, design and jewellery that demonstrate the exquisite skill and technical expertise of the artisans involved in these disciplines.
The Pre-Modern Section of the collection holds some of the most canonical works of Indian art. Its key highlights include a selection of miniature paintings – with Mughal, Jain, Rajput and Pahari schools being represented, Chola bronzes, temple art from Southern India, as well as Mysore and Tanjore paintings. One of MAP’s most debated departments, it exemplifies the limitations of unidimensional categorisation and the need for broader crosscurrents by also holding later and popular works that speak of older traditions such as pichwais and paithan paintings.
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon Limited. She was awarded the ‘Othmer Gold Medal’ by the U.S.-based Chemical Heritage Foundation, for her outstanding contributions to the progress of science and chemistry in 2014, and the coveted ‘2014 Global Economy Prize for Business’ by Germany-based Kiel Institute for the World Economy. She is a member of the Board of Governors at the Indian School of Business, and also the first woman to head the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. She has also been conferred the Padma Shri (1989) and Padma Bhushan (2005), presented to her by the President of India for her innovative efforts in Industrial Biotechnology.
Mrs Mazumdar-Shaw has featured in TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She has also been on the Forbes’ list of the most powerful women and ‘The Financial Times Top 50 Women in Business’ list.
Priya Paul is one of the country’s most prominent women entrepreneurs, and currently the Chairperson of Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels – a chain of award winning luxury boutique hotels across India. In 2000, The Federation of Hotels and Restaurants Association of India conferred on her the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Paul was awarded India’s fourth highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri in 2012 for her services to Trade & Industry by the President of India and in 2013, was conferred the prestigious Insignia of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite (National Order of Merit) an Order of State, granted by the President of the French Republic.
Som Mittal is a prominent international figure in the field of Information Technology and recipient of a lifetime achievement award for outstanding dedication to the growth of the Global ICT industry by the the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA). He has, in the past, also been awarded the Rotary International Business Leader of the Year.
Mittal has had more than three decades of experience in the IT and automotive sector, that has included stints in several multinationals such as Hewlett Packard and Wipro. Formerly Chairman and President of Nasscom, he is now on several Boards of companies, educational institutions and social organisations.
Vivek Gupta is a businessman and prominent patron and collector of Indian art and antiques. He has also been heavily involved in the establishment of India’s leading photography organisation, Tasveer, where he continues to act as key supporter and advisor for the gallery.
As a businessman, Gupta has over 20 years experience in senior leadership roles and is Joint Managing Director of Delton Cables Ltd. He also acts as a board member for Vishranti Trading Enterprises Ltd., B&M Trading & Investment Co Ltd., Modipon Ltd. and Globus Spirits Ltd. Gupta was educated at the Doon School and Delhi University.
Dilip Cherian is one of India’s biggest communication and image consultants, who is also involved with political lobbying, campaigning and public policy. His co-founded company Perfect Relations is South Asia’s largest image management consultancy, and has offices in 16 Indian cities, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Cherian has worked both in television and print journalism, and served as the Editor of Business India. He has also taught programmes for MBA students, writes regular columns published in a multitude of national dailies and serves on multiple corporate and media Boards today.
Formerly Director of Crafts Museum; Professor and Dean at the School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University; and Member Secretary of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, all New Delhi, Jyotindra Jain is now Director and Managing Trustee of CIViC: Centre for Indian Visual Culture, New Delhi. He was an Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow, a Homi Bhabha Fellow, a Visiting Professor at Harvard University and a Rudolf-Arnheim Visiting Professor at Humboldt University in Berlin. He has extensively published and curated exhibitions on Indian vernacular arts as well as popular visual culture.
Prof. Jain is recipient of the 1998 Prince Claus Award for his contribution to Indian arts and culture.
Arundhati Ghosh is the Executive Director of the India Foundation for the Arts, and sits on various Boards and Advisory Panels including those of the Beyond Sight Foundation, the Toto Funds the Arts Trust, the Archive of Indian Music, Raisor’s Ask—South Asia’s Fundraising Magazine, the Seagull Foundation for the Arts and Barapani.
In 2010 Ghosh received the Global Fundraiser Award from Resource Alliance International; she is also a recipient of the prestigious Chevening Gurukul Scholarship for Leadership and Excellence at the London School of Economics, London.
Abhishek Poddar is a businessman, and a prominent collector and patron of the arts in India.
Poddar is involved in various family group companies with diverse interests ranging from trading and export, to tea, industrial explosives, travel and retail. He further serves as the Honorary Consul for Poland in Bangalore, and on the advisory committees of the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Bangalore, the Deccan Heritage Foundation and FIND (Fondation Inde-Europe de Nouveaux Dialogues or the India-Eurpoe Foundation for New Dialogues), headquartered in Rome.
Nathaniel Gaskell is a British writer and curator, specialising in the history of photography and visual media from the Indian subcontinent. Before moving to India in 2010, Gaskell worked for Eric Franck in London and Source Photographica in Australia, as an archivist and researcher.
As the director of Tasveer in India, Gaskell has played a key role in photographic publishing for the gallery, and in developing the market and awareness for South Asian photography. He studied fine art photography at AUCB, UK, and holds a Master of Research degree in Cultural Studies from the London Consortium.
Arundhati Nag is a prominent polyglot actor and theatre personality. Involved with multilingual theatre in India for over 25 years, she is the founder and Managing Trustee of the Sanket Trust that runs Ranga Shankara, a theatre in Bangalore. Nag has also been involved in several television and film projects, and has received both the Karnataka State Film Award (1985) and the National Film Award (2010).
Nag has been presented the Padma Shri (2010) by the President of India for her untiring efforts and tremendous achievements in the Arts, and also conferred the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in Theatre Acting (2008) by India’s National Academy of Music, Dance and Theatre.
Nirupama Rao is the former Indian Foreign Secretary (2009 – 2011) and Ambassador of India to the United States of America (2011- 2013). Working in the Indian Foreign Service from 1973 to 2011, she has served in various capacities in several countries across the world, and was the first woman to be appointed as the Spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Ambassador to China.
Mrs. Rao has been a Fellow at Harvard University and Brown University. In 2014, she also received the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship, in connection with her ongoing book project on the diplomatic history of relations between India and China.
Amanda Miller is an independent art consultant with 25 years of international market experience in the field of Asian Art, both antique and contemporary. After 15 years in the Bonhams and Butterfields Asian Art department in San Francisco as specialist appraiser and business manager, she moved to New York to found Bonhams Asian Art.
Miller’s independent consulting projects have included curating and writing the catalogue for ‘Glimpses, from the Mysore Royal Collection’, and regular consultation for Asian art objects for a New York auction house. She has also appeared on numerous televised appraisal shows, including three seasons of PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow”, and over 100 episodes of HGTV’s “Appraise It!”
International Project Consultant
Nupur Tron is a goodwill ambassador of Indian arts and culture in France, and has served as a consultant to several art and cultural projects as well as luxury and lifestyle brands. The Ambassador of Feminen Pluriel India, a global women’s network, she also has her own haute jewellery line.
After a degree in Design & Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, Tron studied fashion at Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris. She has initiated and participated in several projects to strengthen Indo-French relations over the years, and was also the only Indian to form part of president Nicolas Sarkozy’s delegation in 2010. She also serves on the advisory board for India at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, USA.