History of the Collection
As one of India’s most prominent collectors, Abhishek Poddar has acquired an extensive collection of Indian art, photography and textiles over the past three decades, which forms the nucleus of MAP’s collection.
It is located on Kasturba Road, within an easy walking-distance of Cubbon Park, MG Road and Vidhana Soudha metro stations. The architectural framework of the museum will echo functionality and a sense of openness. Divided into five-storeys, the museum will include art galleries, an auditorium, an art and research library, an education centre, a specialised research and conservation facility, as well as a terrace cafe.
Designed by leading Indian architect, Soumitro Ghosh, the building will also feature a strong focus on accessibility, to support visitors with special needs and disabilities. Known particularly for his transformation of the Bangalore Central Jail into Freedom Park, Ghosh has been involved in the designing process of several landmark institutions in the city, such as the Max Mueller Bhavan of Goethe Institut and the Bethel Baptist Church. The designing and execution was carried out under the close guidance of the MAP Architectural Committee, led by Rahul Mehrotra of RMA Architects, and with Mahrukh Tarapore and the late Martand Singh as its core members.