After going live as one of the first digital museums in the country in December of 2020, India's first Museum Of Art & Photography (MAP) will finally open its a rather accessible and diverse, 44,000 square feet physical space in Bengaluru. We don't have exact dates but some time mid 2022 is what we're told (so not too far away, yay!). It will be a five-storey, state-of-the-art building is located in the heart of town at Kasturba Road. We suggest you drop by after your weekend morning jogs at Cubbon Park. It will also be at walking distance from MG Road Vidhana Soudha metro stations. MAP won't be too difficult to locate either given its gorgeous architecture (the interiors are still under construction), courtesy of leading Indian architect Soumitro Ghosh (yes, the genius who transformed Bangalore Central Jail into Freedom Park). We hear the interiors will boast a sense of openness, functionality and accessibility, built to support visitors with special needs and disabilities too.
What you must enjoy at MAP once it's up and running are its several art galleries that will be spread across the many floors. MAP will also house a growing collection of over 18,000 pieces donated by patrons and artists and of course, founder and prominent collector, Abhishek Poddar. Make plans of lingering and spending time appreciating and learning about these masterpieces - they are guaranteed to take you on a comprehensive journey of Indian art and culture. Artwork aside, this first-of-its-kind museum will have a 120-seater auditorium, an art and research library, an education center, a specialised research and conservation facility and a terrace cafe too. If the sound of this has you excited maybe a virtual tour (on the website) will have you blocking your calendars and setting reminders right now!
Find all the information on MAP's digital and physical museum on their official website.