The Museum of Art and Photography Bangalore by Soumitro Ghosh and Nisha Mathew of Mathew and Ghosh Architects along with their design team represents an architecture that communicates a range of symbolic and practical functions of a museum of the 21st century.
In a global unfolding post-colonial narrative, the ideas for a Museum in contemporary India hinged on excursions of mnemonic recall and equitability.
The Museum of Art and Photography, Bangalore India (MAP) plays on the tensions between the idea of collecting – collating, containing, and storing.
The architects view it as the fodder for curatorship, encouraging engagement with communities that embed the work as part of lived experience in the city of Bangalore, from the mundane to theatrical, and exotic to equal.
The Museum design internally predicates art and its showcase over spatial dramatics to present generic gallery spaces, that insulate precious art and artifacts from ultraviolet light.
The hermetically sealed stainless steel imagery subverts the pristine iconic and exclusive by the election of material and motif that is mnemonically relatable to the idea of containment – the stainless steel post-industrial water tank.
The mundane-accessible also referencing Art’s (and Architecture’s) capacity to create the thrust for reflection and change if need be.
Perhaps one day it would just be recognized as the local ‘tanki’ (local water tank) for artistic nourishment!
The idea of the ‘veranda – plinth’ off the street is a significant marker of social discourse both at dwelling as well as institutional scale in this geography.
Its role allows a dialogic space to negotiate visual visceral and emotional engagements.
The ‘plinth of negotiations’ may thus weave threads of fragility and humility as one traverses the landscape of discovery of the ‘other’ versus art.
Project: The Museum of Art and Photography Bangalore
Architects: Mathew and Ghosh Architects
Lead Architects: Soumitro Ghosh and Nisha Mathew
Project Architect: Saikat Ray
Design Team: Design Team: Akshay Mahale, Rahul Pingale, BS Jyothsna, Prajna Karanth, and Omar Faroque
General Contractor: Dan Constructions Pvt.
Client: The Museum of Art and Photography Bangalore (MAP)
Photographer: Iwan Baan