BMW Guggenheim Lab Opens in Mumbai
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On December 9, the BMW Guggenheim Lab opened in Mumbai, the third stop on its global tour. The Lab, which was previously open in New York and Berlin, will offer free programs and projects throughout the city through January 20, 2013. Presented in collaboration with the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, this programming will address the theme of “ME=WE”—an exploration of the challenges and opportunities related to public space and the choices Mumbaikars make to find a balance between the needs of the individual (“me”) and the community (“we”).
The central site of the Lab is located on the rear plaza of the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, and programs will also be presented at five satellite sites around the city. “Our hope for the programming of the BMW Guggenheim Lab Mumbai is to continue to expand participation beyond the traditional museum audience,” said Mumbai Lab Curator David van der Leer. “Everyone who lives in a city has a stake in its future, and our programs are designed to bring people of all backgrounds and viewpoints together to address important issues related to urban life.”
On opening day, nearly 1,500 visitors representing the spectrum of Mumbai’s religious and ethnic diversity came through the Lab. “It was incredible to see so many people from around the city, country, and world come together,” said Stephanie Kwai, Curatorial Assistant, BMW Guggenheim Lab. Visitors of all ages were captivated by the Landlink Design Prototype, a pilot project spearheaded by Lab Team member Neville Mars. The project proposes repurposing a set of unused pipes that run between Dharavi and Bandra in Mumbai, turning them into supporting structures for transportation lanes, a public deck space, and even classrooms, offices, and health centers. A festive atmosphere surrounded the launch of the first programs, and as the sun went down, the Lab’s bamboo structure was illuminated by hanging lanterns.
In the coming weeks, Mumbaikars are invited to visit the Lab for film screenings, workshops, panel discussions, and tours. Those not in Mumbai are encouraged to join the conversation by visiting bmwguggenheim.org, reading the Lab’s official blog, Lab | Log, and following the Lab on Facebook and Twitter.