Ahead of its bodily launch in 2021, Museum of Art & Photography launches digitally with a six-day virtual festival that includes specialists within the area
“The pandemic has changed the way we live. People still fear crowded public spaces and it will be a while before we return to life as we knew it,” says Kamini Sawhney, director, Museum of Art & Photography (MAP). When they began deliberating on a bodily launch in 2020, the scenario at hand was nonetheless miles away. The museum had deliberate to open in Bengaluru’s Kasturba Road with a assortment of over 20,000 works spanning pre-modern artwork, well-liked tradition, folks and tribal artwork, trendy and modern artwork, textiles, craft and design, and images.
Waiting for issues to enhance was out of query. “Since week one of the nationwide lockdown, we have been experimenting with different things in a bid to understand our audiences better: from interactive digital engagement pieces to taking our ‘Art & Culture’ lecture series online and enhancing our website to feature more content,” says Kamini. Putting collectively a digital museum by manner of giving construction and kind to all their digital efforts in the previous few months was the following step. “The Art (is) Life festival announcing our digital museum is an attempt to take art back into the heart of the community and remind people that art has always been a part of our lives,” says Kamini.
Each of the six days of the festival following the opening night time focusses on one part of all the assortment, and contains introductions by specialists within the self-discipline and excursions of the highlights of these holdings. The opening night time, an virtual amalgamation of artwork, poetry and dance, options identified cultural figures like Javed Akhtar, actor Shabana Azmi, classical dancer Malavika Sarukkai, movie and theatre skilled Arundhati Nag, artwork historian B N Goswamy, filmmaker Nandita Das, visible artist Jitish Kallat and singer Kavita Seth.
The programming has been conceived round interconnections between the humanities and the way every artform has enriched the opposite. Performances characteristic artistes from completely different disciplines responding to artworks from the collections. “From the beautiful paintings that women drew on the walls of their homes and the rangoli patterns that decorate our thresholds to the way, perhaps, that we drape a sari, art is part of how we live, celebrate, worship, grieve and depart the world,” Kamini elaborates, including that interconnectedness is the inherent manner through which artwork is created and skilled, drawing upon contexts.
The festival additionally launches MAP’s Museum Without Borders initiative that facilitates dialogue between museums, and the sharing of objects, expertise, and concepts. Fifty worldwide establishments will juxtapose a pair of objects from their collections and MAP’s to find the variations and connections between the 2. Some of the establishments embody the British Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), The Morgan Library and Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Vitra Design Museum and the Rhode School of Design.
Though COVID-19 had been the key set off, Kamini is for certain that Art (is) Life shouldn’t be trying to deal with how on-line viewing of artwork could have modified in these occasions. Rather, it presents new alternatives for folks to find artwork. “The upside of a digital presence is that it is possible to reach far wider audiences — not just geographically but also linguistically, since content can be made more easily accessible in multiple languages,” she concludes.
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