BMW Guggenheim Lab Pops Up In Mumbai This December

October 30, 2012 8:08 am by

A rendering of BMW Guggenheim Lab's Mumbai pavilion, designed by Tokyo architects Atelier Bow-Wow.

On Friday, December 9, if you find yourself at the Bhau Daji Lad museum, pop around to the gardens—a bamboo-made structure, not unlike a mandap, by Tokyo architects Atelier Bow-Wow, will serve as the headquarters for a pop-up cultural experiment that has already travelled half way across the world. After setting up in New York and Berlin, the BMW Guggenheim Lab, “part think tank, part community centre and public gathering space” co-created by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the BMW Group, will bring its programming to the Bhau Daji Lad as well as other sites across the city over the course of six weeks, starting in December. On the agenda are free tours, talks, screenings and activities that in the words of curator David van der Leer will “understand the mechanisms behind cities” and “open up these professional conversations to people that live in cities on an everyday basis”.

The lab’s theme “Confronting Comfort” is perhaps aptly suited to our unsettling city, where the team, including Van der Leer, an architect, demographer, artist and urban transport designer, will programme activities that will culminate in an exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2013. Though details are yet to be finalised, Van der Leer says we can expect “seven programme series…ranging from light-hearted variety show sessions to serious panel discussions, and from design workshops to explorations of the city”.

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