Governance and People

MAP currently receives no governmental funding. It is a unit and major project of the Art & Photography Foundation.

The land for the Museum was purchased through a donation by the Poddar Family, and the building has been funded by a select group of committed philanthropists and private patrons. MAP is governed by its Board of Directors and advised by an International Advisory Committee. MAP’s Board of Directors elect the MAP Executive Committee members to whom they delegate the management of the museum. While many of the Museum’s programmes will be free to the public, any revenues collected through retail or ticketing for entrance fees, special exhibitions, and certain events will be reinvested back to underwrite the Museum’s activities.

The Art & Photography Foundation

The Art & Photography Foundation was established as a Public Charitable Trust in Bangalore in 2011 with registration under section 12AA. It is the legal entity of which MAP is a project. MAP’s budget and donations are also managed by the Foundation. In 2016 the Trust was awarded registration under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (2010), under Section 11(1) by the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs. The Trustees of the Art & Photography Foundation govern the Foundation and hold the assets, including the land, building, collections and an endowment fund of the Museum of Art & Photography in its trust. Similarly, donations of art to the Museum are entrusted to the Foundation and held under the care of its trustees.

The Foundation is supported by private patrons, corporate sponsors, grant-giving organisations and The Museum of Art & Photography Foundation, Inc., an independent affiliate of the Foundation in the United States. The Foundation’s accounts are managed by a chartered accountant and audited by Deloitte, and annual audited financial reports are published by MAP. Read our latest report for the financial year 2022-23 here.


Ajit in black and white wearing a suit, he wears glasses and a watch on his wrist. He looks into the camera smiling slightly.

Ajit Mohan

Senior Executive - Asia Pacific, Snap

Som Mittal in black and white wearing a suit, tie and glasses, standing at an angle and looking into the camera smiling.

Som Mittal

Chairman; Former President and Chairman, NASSCOM


Trustees (USA)

Mukesh Aghi

Mukesh Aghi

President, United States-India Strategic Partnership Forum

Susan Whitehead smiling in black and white in a white high collared shirt with a large beaded necklace.

Susan Whitehead

Vice Chair, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, MIT

Advisory Panel

Ireena Vittal

Ireena Vittal

Independent Director, Wipro, HDFC, Godrej Consumer

Thomas Girst

Thomas Girst

Global Head of Cultural Engagement, BMW Group