Nariman Point’s iconic Air India building will soon house a 9,000-sq ft museum of paintings, sculpture and artefacts, all remnants of the national carrier’s institutional collection, amassed over the last 60 years.
With the financially-troubled airline forced to give up a significant swath of office space in the tower, AI management has determined that its art collection – including works by MF Husain, Tyeb Mehta, SH Raza, KH Ara and other contemporary masters – remain on one floor of the structure, open to the public, reports Mumbai Mirror.
On Wednesday, AI began the move. First, a carved table and a wooden sculpture that were mounted on the office wall of AI’s commercial director were packed up. Both the table and sculpture, which date to 1946, have remained affixed in that position from the time Bobby Kooka, the airline’s director-commercial, conceived of the turbaned maharajah – AI’s mascot – along with Umesh Rao, an artist at the advertising agency J Walter Thompson Ltd.