Welcome to the opening of the Museum of Art & Photography's Digital Museum

5 - 11 December, 2020 | Online
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The Museum of Art & Photography (MAP) is launching one of the first digital museums in the country. Join us as we celebrate with a week-long festival, Art (is) Life. The festival premieres with a special event on 5 December 2020, and a curated programme of events follows each day, till 11 December 2020.

Each day of Art (is) Life focuses on one department of the MAP collection, as we travel through time and across borders, with experts, performers and other museum partners, showcasing how the arts are interconnected with each other. Join us to celebrate the birth of a new museum for a new era.

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Programme

Opening Night

5 December, 2020

7 to 8 PM (IST) and 5 to 6 PM (EST)

A uniquely crafted sensorial experience that will take you on a journey of art through time, and time through art.

Bringing together art, poetry, dance and music with a never-seen-before virtual exploration of the museum, it features a number of well known cultural figures including lyricist Javed Akhtar, actor Shabana Azmi, classical dancer Malavika Sarukkai, film and theatre professional Arundhati Nag, filmmaker Nandita Das, art historian Dr B N Goswamy, visual artist Jitish Kallat and singer Kavita Seth.

Javed Akhtar

Javed Akhtar

lyricist
Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi

actor
Jitish Kallat

Jitish Kallat

artist
Kavita Seth

Kavita Seth

singer
rundhati Nag

Arundhati Nag

theatre personality
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

businessperson
Nandita Das

Nandita Das

actor
Malavika Sarukkai

Malavika Sarukkai

classical dancer

6 December, 2020

7 to 7:45 PM (IST) and 5 to 5:45 PM (EST)

Popular
Culture

Lillete Dubey

Presented by:

Lillete Dubey

actor and theatre director

Stories from the Collection:

Madhura Wairkar [Senior Manager - Collections & Exhibitions] from MAP’s team will uncover some fascinating stories from the museum’s vast Popular Culture collection dating back to the 19th century

Connecting the Arts:

In a special performance, drummers from Dharavi in Mumbai will respond to Bollywood posters on the theme of migration and the pandemic

Museums Without Borders:

MAP and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will together explore two 19th Century prints from their collections that feature a similar iconography of Krishna and Radha, the divine lovers in Hindu mythology

7 December, 2020

7 to 7:45 PM (IST) and 5 to 5:45 PM (EST)

FOLK
& TRIBAL

Devdutt Pattanaik

Presented by:

Devdutt Pattanaik

author

Stories from the Collection:

MAP’s Education Officer, Shubhasree Purkayastha will explore some highlights from MAP’s indigenous art collection. Moving from the eastern corner of India, to the west and down south, the objects act as MAP’s tribute to the incredible art of traditional storytelling

Connecting the Arts:

In a special performance directed by Sharanya Ramprakash, the artists of Udupi Yakshagana Kendra will reimagine an artwork from MAP’s collection depicting the fight between Jatayu and Ravana to save Sita from being taken to Lanka

Museums Without Borders:

MAP and Rhode Island School of Design will chat about two pioneering indigenous artists in their collection - Jangarh Singh Shyam and Kenojuak Ashevak

8 December, 2020

7 to 7:45 PM (IST) and 5 to 5:45 PM (EST)

PRE
-MODERN

William Dalrymple

Presented by:

William Dalrymple

historian

Stories from the Collection:

Shilpa Vijayakrishnan [Senior Manager, Education & Outreach] will look closely at a few artworks from the collection exploring how works from our past form a rich repository of stories – historical and mythical, real and imagined

Connecting the Arts:

In a special performance, Madhu Nataraj, Director of STEM Dance Kampni and the Natya Institute of Kathak & Choreography, along with her troupe will respond to miniature paintings from MAP’s collection

Museums Without Borders:

Sculptures of a Yogini and a Brahmani will bring the Detroit Institute of Arts and MAP together in a conversation on powerful goddesses

9 December, 2020

7 to 7:45 PM (IST) and 5 to 5:45 PM (EST)

TEXTILE, CRAFT
& DESIGN

Ritu Kumar

Presented by:

Ritu Kumar

designer

Stories from the Collection:

Vaishnavi Kambadur [Curatorial Assistant] from MAP’s team will explore artworks from the collection that are at the intersection of craft and design, looking at the sentimentality and functionality of the objects

Connecting the Arts:

In a special performance, Rajeev Raja and his band will respond to the Krishna Pichwais through a jazz-fusion musical piece

Museums Without Borders:

The Vitra Design Museum, Germany and MAP will discuss similarities between two iconic chairs from distinct cultures in their respective collections

10 December, 2020

7 to 7:45 PM (IST) and 5 to 5:45 PM (EST)

MODERN &
CONTEMPORARY

Rekha Rodwittiya

Presented by:

Rekha Rodwittiya

artist

Stories from the Collection:

The Director of MAP, Kamini Sawhney, walks us through highlights from the collection that reveal how India's traditional art practices and its rich archive of myths and legends have inspired our modern and contemporary art practitioners

Connecting the Arts:

In a special performance, dancers from the Attakkalari Dance Company will respond to nine unique works on Goddess Durga by contemporary female Indian artists

Museums Without Borders:

The British Museum, London and MAP will look at artworks that hum the same tune across centuries

11 December, 2020

7 to 7:45 PM (IST) and 5 to 5:45 PM (EST)

PHOTOGRAPHY

Raghu Rai

Presented by:

Raghu Rai

photographer

Stories from the Collection:

Nathaniel Gaskell, Director, MAP Academy, will take viewers on a visual journey through select photographs from the collection

Connecting the Arts:

In a special performance directed by Ram Ganesh Kamatham and Mallika Prasad, theatre artists respond to Vivek Vilasini’s Last Supper.

Museums Without Borders:

The Morgan Library and Museum, New York and MAP will look at the works of two celebrated photographers from their collection

Featuring

Abhishek Poddar

Abhishek Poddar

Aprameya Radhakrishna

Aprameya Radhakrishna

Arundhati Nag

Arundhati Nag

Ashu Khullar

Ashu Khullar

Attakalari Dancers

Attakalari Dancers

B N Goswamy

B N Goswamy

Deepika Sorabjee

Deepika Sorabjee

Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik

Dharavi Rocks

Dharavi Rocks

Javed Akhtar

Javed Akhtar

Jaychandran Palazhy

Jaychandran Palazhy

Jitish Kallat

Jitish Kallat

Kamini Sawhney

Kamini Sawhney

Kavita Seth

Kavita Seth

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

Lillete Dubey

Lillete Dubey

Madhu Nataraj

Madhu Nataraj

Madhura Wairkar

Madhura Wairkar

Malavika Sarrukai

Malavika Sarrukai

Mallika Prasad

Mallika Prasad

Nandita Das

Nandita Das

Nathaniel Gaskell

Nathaniel Gaskell

Nitin Rakesh

Nitin Rakesh

Puneet Dalmia

Puneet Dalmia

Rajeev Raja

Rajeev Raja

Rajiv Mody

Rajiv Mody

Ram Ganesh

Ram Ganesh

Rekha Rodwittiya

Rekha Rodwittiya

Rishad Premji

Rishad Premji

Ritu Kumar

Ritu Kumar

Sanjeeva Guruji

Sanjeeva Suvarna

Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi

Sharanya Ramprakash

Sharanya Ramprakash

Shilpa Vijayakrishnan

Shilpa Vijayakrishnan

Shubhasree Purkayastha

Shubhasree Purkayastha

Som Mittal

Som Mittal

Sudha Murthy

Sudha Murthy

Vaishnavi Kambadur

Vaishnavi Kambadur

William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple

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Art (is) Life is supported by

We would also like to thank: Barrier Break, Chitra Talwar, Prashanth Prakash and Sonata Software

News

MAP is south India’s first major private art museum and aims to create a museum-going culture that encourages people to celebrate art and heritage. Situated in Bangalore, MAP’s mission is to take art and culture to the heart of the community, making it accessible to diverse audiences. MAP will be a space for ideas and conversations that are initiated through its collection, enabling us to engage with audiences in multiple ways. MAP seeks to inspire people to interact with art in ways that encourage humanity, empathy and a deeper understanding of the world we live in.

Housed in a state-of-the-art facility, MAP’s five-storey building on Kasturba Road, will include art galleries, an auditorium, an art and research library, an education centre, a specialised research and conservation facility, as well as a cafe. The building is currently under construction and is set to open to the public in 2021.

MAP’s Founding Patrons

  • Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
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  • Sunil Kant Munjal