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Cultural Scene Mumbai
Gallery MMB - a neutral space for interdisciplinary conversations

State of Housing – Aspirations, Imaginaries and Realities in India
© Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai

Situated in the heart of the gallery district in Mumbai, Gallery MMB is a premium exhibition space belonging to the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai. The 3000 square feet gallery was renovated in 2014 to enable the institute to host challenging and complex shows. In fact, the Mumbai institute is the only one in the South Asian region of Goethe-Institut to have such a large, well-appointed area at its disposal.

By Amruta Nemivant

The primary focus of the gallery is contemporary art and photography. It aims to host exhibitions of critically acclaimed German artists and photographers, as well as selected Indian artists. It also features curated photography and design shows at regular intervals. There are satellite events, such as, lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, workshops, etc organised within the context of each presentation. These events are organised with the primary aim of generating discussions and involving students in the work of the institute.

In the short period since its inception, the gallery has enabled the institute to expand its visual arts programme. The institute has hosted solo exhibitions of contemporary artists like Amar Kanwar and Yael Bartana, as well as group shows in collaboration with german institutions like ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (IfA) and Museum Abteiburg, Mönchengladbach at Gallery MMB. The institute regularly collaborates with important Indian organisations like the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya formerly named the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India (CSMVS) to promote its visual arts programme.
 
Apart from exhibitions, the institute has also initiated long term student exchange and curatorial projects keeping the gallery as a focal point. These programmes are in collaboration with National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst / Academy of Fine Arts (HGB), Leipzig.
 
The gallery was opened with the hope that it would not only be a space with a well-planned exhibition programme, but also be a hub for generating new interdisciplinary discussions and ideas. Recently the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) mentioned the space as a meeting point for enthusiastic young people and intellectuals to discuss new trends in European and Indian art.

Overview of the exhibitions in time:

 

  • 2014: Zeitsprung / Leap in Time (Photographs by Erich Salomon and Barbara Klemm) © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai
    2014: Zeitsprung / Leap in Time (Photographs by Erich Salomon and Barbara Klemm)
  • 2014: Calcutta: Chitpur Road Neighborhoods © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai
    2014: Calcutta: Chitpur Road Neighborhoods
  • 2014: Museum of Chance: A book story (Solo by Dayanita Singh) © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai
    2014: Museum of Chance: A book story (Solo by Dayanita Singh)
  • Noise Life, Solo by Desire Machine Collective, 26.08-22.09.2014 © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai
    2014: Noise Life, Solo by Desire Machine Collective
  • 2014: PIX Iran © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai
    2014: PIX Iran
  • 2014: Rosemarie Trockel, Solo © Rosemarie Trockel
    2014: Rosemarie Trockel, Solo
  • 2015: Helga Paris Exhibition © Helga Paris
    2015: Helga Paris Exhibition
  • 2015: In Order to Join: The Political in a Historical Moment © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai
    2015: In Order to Join: The Political in a Historical Moment
  • 2015: Surge - PIX: Pakistan © Amber Hammad
    2015: Surge - PIX: Pakistan
  • 2015: Selected Photographs: Sibylle Bergemann © Sibylle Bergemann
    2015: Selected Photographs: Sibylle Bergemann
  • 2015: The Sovereign Forest: By Amar Kanwar © Amar Kanwar
    2015: The Sovereign Forest: By Amar Kanwar
  • 2015: On Borders: Exhibition © OSTKREUZ
    2015: On Borders: Exhibition
  • 2016: Charles Correa: Un-Built Works © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai
    2016: Charles Correa: Un-Built Works
  • 2016: Come-In: Interior Design as a Contemporary Art Medium in Germany © H. J. Gaul
    2016: Come-In: Interior Design as a Contemporary Art Medium in Germany
  • 2016: Design: The India Story (Ideas through Time) © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai
    2016: Design: The India Story (Ideas through Time)
  • 2017: My Analogue World: By Sooni Taraporevala © Sooni Taraporevala
    2017: My Analogue World: By Sooni Taraporevala
  • 2017: Fabrik - On the Circulation of Data, Goods and People © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai
    2017: Fabrik - On the Circulation of Data, Goods and People
  • 2017: Fabrik - On the Circulation of Data, Goods and People © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai
    2017: Fabrik - On the Circulation of Data, Goods and People
  • 2017: Art Space Germany © Magdalena Jetelová
    2017: Art Space Germany
  • 2017: Scope - PIX: NEPAL issue © Karan Shrestha
    2017: Scope - PIX: NEPAL issue
  • 2017: Pre-enactments: By Yael Bartana © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai
    2017: Pre-enactments: By Yael Bartana
  • 2017: Pre-enactments: By Yael Bartana © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai
    2017: Pre-enactments: By Yael Bartana
  • 2018: State of Housing – Aspirations, Imaginaries and Realities in India © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai
    2018: State of Housing – Aspirations, Imaginaries and Realities in India
  • 2018: Open Codes. Digital Culture Techniques © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai
    2018: Open Codes. Digital Culture Techniques
  • 2018: Otto Dix: Social Criticism and War © Otto Dix_Kupplerin
    2018: Otto Dix: Social Criticism and War
  • 2018: Mumbai Suburbia: Urban Environment in Crisis: By Peter Bialobrzeski © Peter Bialobrzeski
    2018: Mumbai Suburbia: Urban Environment in Crisis: By Peter Bialobrzeski
  • 2018: Tranquil Motions: By Marcel Odenbach Marcel Odenbach
    2018: Tranquil Motions: By Marcel Odenbach
  • 2018: The Unknown Legend: Dashrath Patel © Dashrath Patel (cutout)
    2018: The Unknown Legend: Dashrath Patel
  • 2019: With / Against the Flow: Contemporary Photographic Interventions: By Viktoria Binschtok and Michael Schäfer © ifa
    2019: With / Against the Flow: Contemporary Photographic Interventions: By Viktoria Binschtok and Michael Schäfer
  • 2019: The Shifting City © Pallon Daruwala
    2019: The Shifting City
  • 2019: Open Codes: The Art of Coding © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai
    2019: Open Codes: The Art of Coding

 

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