MAP opens with artwork and tradition for all

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South India’s first main non-public museum balancing heritage, conventional artwork and expertise, opens in Bengaluru on Friday

If you consider a museum, you might be forgiven in the event you consider it as a musty, dusty place, a relic just like the objects in it. However it’s not usually that you simply hear of a brand new museum opening its doorways to the general public, that balances the previous with the brand new, heritage with right here and now, conventional artwork with expertise. That and extra is what Abhishek Poddar, the drive behind the Museum of Artwork and Pictures, South India’s first main non-public museum, has envisioned for it. The digital launch of the museum is slated for December 5.

Poddar says that MAP is one of the first museums in India to offer a digital membership

Poddar says that MAP is among the first museums in India to supply a digital membership

“The digital launch will not be what we had deliberate however now I see its benefits. For an everyday launch, I might have had 200 individuals every on 5 completely different days. However with the digital launch, we will attain hundred thousand individuals, and from completely different geographies. With the digital launch we now have been capable of get a panel of celebrities all collectively on the identical time to associate, take part and carry out, which might have been troublesome if it was offline. The museum will likely be prepared for walk-ins subsequent yr.”


With the digital launch we now have been capable of get a panel of celebrities all collectively on the identical time to associate, take part and carry out, which might have been troublesome if it was offline. The museum will likely be prepared for walk-ins subsequent yr

– Abhishek Poddar

Poddar, an artwork collector and artwork patron, is a trustee at MAP, who donated the preliminary management reward and a good portion of his household’s artwork assortment. He says MAP is among the first museums in India to supply a digital membership. “It’s possible you’ll go to the museum often, however a digital membership permits you to entry it day-after-day, if you wish to,” he says.

Within the final yr, Poddar says MAP has constructed a museum on the cloud, to maintain a hybrid mannequin accessible to the viewers.

Photos by Anantha Subramanyam K/MMCL

Photographs by Anantha Subramanyam Ok/MMCL

MAP will likely be housed in a five-storey constructing on Kasturba Street, designed by Bengaluru-based architect Soumitro Ghosh. It’s going to have artwork galleries, an auditorium, an artwork and analysis library, an schooling centre, a specialised analysis and conservation facility, in addition to a restaurant. “Our emphasis is on schooling, outreach and making artwork accessible to all. We can have a piece the place guests can view sure sections of the museum at no cost and sure others will likely be ticketed,” he mentioned.

A singular characteristic of MAP is its collaboration with hi-tech firms like Accenture and Microsoft. “By way of our collaboration with Accenture, we’re making a digital individual of an artist who is not any extra. Guests can ask this digital individual questions and he’s programmed to reply, utilizing AI (Synthetic Intelligence) and VR (Digital Actuality). We’re additionally working with Microsoft, Wipro, Infosys, Sonata and Sasken to include tech into artwork,” mentioned Poddar.

For the launch of the digital museum, MAP is organising Artwork (is) Life, a week-long competition that premieres with a particular occasion on December 5, 2020 at 7 pm (IST) and 5 pm (EST). A collection of programmes will comply with until December 11, 2020.

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