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MAP signals a new direction for Indian museums

Groundbreaking Bengaluru institution opens with challenging show

Bengaluru's new Museum of Art & Photography, widely known as MAP, is the first privately funded art institution in south India. (Courtesy of Orange & Teal)

BENGALURU -- Toward the northern end of Bengaluru's busy Kasturba Road stands an edgy cuboid structure with a striking facade broken only by a massive stained-glass window. Surrounded by staid office complexes and dreary government edifices, it seems to thrum with energy, excitement and expectation.

The Museum of Art & Photography, widely known as MAP, opened in late February and is the first privately funded art institution in south India. It is also far more eclectic than its name suggests, challenging popular notions of both art and museums.

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