“Mumbai – A City Through Objects: 101 Stories from the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum” celebrated its New York launch with a lecture by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, Managing Trustee and Honorary Director of the Museum and editor of the book. She discussed how the Museum’s unique collection of objects tells the story of Mumbai and how to share and steward the works into the 21st century.
Steven Holl Architects designed a new addition for the museum’s north wing, adding 125,000 sqft to house and display the acclaimed collection. The concept of “addition as subtraction” is developed in white concrete with sculpted diffused light into the new galleries. The white concrete structure has an extension of local rough-cut Indian Agra stone. The circulation through the galleries is one of spatial energy, while the orthogonal layout of the walls foregrounds the Mumbai City Museum collections.