Two Mumbai museums, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya and Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, are part of Google’s largest virtual exhibition project. The museums are among the 180 cultural institutions that are selected for the Google Art and Culture’s project titled ‘We Wear Culture’. The project was launched on June 7.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya abbreviated as CSMVS and formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum is participating with four exhibitions – 15 Variations on the Sari, Animal in Indian art, Humsafar – The Companion and Fauna of Indian subcontinent.
The Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum (BDL) is participating with 10 exhibitions – ‘Collection Highlights’, ‘Restoration and Revitalisation’, ‘Textiles and Attires’, ‘Rare Books on Indian Textiles and Clothing from the 19th and early 20th century’, ‘Florentine Renaissance: The City as a Crucible of Culture’, ‘Cotton Manufacture, Trade and Textiles’, ‘This too shall pass’, ‘7000 Museums: A Project for the Republic of India’, ‘Fieldnotes: tomorrow was here yesterday’ and ‘ ZegnArt Public’.
There are about 47 Indian instutes participating in the project including Noida’s Rekhta Foundation, Kolkata’s Indian Museum, Trivandrum’s Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres & Ashrams, Jaipur Virasat Foundation, New Delhi’s Dastkari Haat Samiti, Kolkata’s Daricha Foundation and Madurai’s Indian National Trust For Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), among others.
In the project, Google uses its state-of-the-art technology including the ultra-high resolution images to help people get a clear view through desktops or the Google Arts and Culture app.