“The Museum of Art and Photography (MAP) is a curious case study of India’s changing relationship with art. Industrialist Abhishek Poddar’s philanthropic initiative to make his formidable collection of art, photography and textiles available to the public took off as a digital platform in 2016. Since then, the museum has launched a series of educational ventures in collaboration with notable international museums like The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, as well as tech giants like Accenture and Microsoft.
Now, in a reversal of the usual offline-to-digital transition that most museums are forced to make, MAP will take physical form in the heart of Bengaluru at a stunning five-storey museum, set to open to the public in mid February 2023. It will include four large galleries, an extensive library, a multimedia gallery, a 130-seat auditorium, a technology centre, a sculpture courtyard, a research and conservation laboratory, a learning centre, a gift store, a café, and a fine-dining restaurant on the terrace. “MAP’s mission is to take art into the heart of the community,” says museum director Kamini Sawhney. “We’re looking at democratising art, and changing the whole museum-going experience for the country.”