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201316 Jan


Aspinwall House, Kochi


India’s maiden festival of international contemporary art, the Kochi Muziris-Biennale, which has already unfurled its colourful activities on December 12, 2012 and scheduled to last till March 13, 2013 in ‘God’s Own Country’ across Kochi, Muziris and surrounding islands has gained momentum.


The biennale attempts at ensuring a powerful thrust to its cultural identity both locally and globally, by acting as a truly global platform where both international and Indian find an effective avenue to display their talent. They will showcase contemporary visual art mediums in existing galleries and halls, and site-specific installations in public spaces, heritage buildings and disused structures.



Artwork by Ernesto Neto. Site-specific installation at Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012


In the mega show, in excess of 80 artists from over 35 nations have been hand-picked to add glow to the fire of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012. In the coming three months, the Biennale’s exhibition will be enriched by a varied programme of talks, seminars, screenings, music, workshops and educational activities for school children and students of all ages. Co-founded and co-curated by two of India’s leading artists, Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu, the Biennale initiative has been conceptualised to establish a powerful channel of taking India closer to contemporary visual art besides facilitating a dialogue among international and Indian artists and the public.



Artwork by Subodh Gupta


Besides nurturing visual arts in India, a major target of the Kochi Biennale Foundation is to act as fuel for igniting regeneration and urban development. In the true direction of key initiatives such as the BMW Guggenheim Lab, open since December 9, 2012 in Mumbai, BMW cements its cultural association with projects addressing issues for urban life. In collaboration with leading Indian and international architects, urban planners and artists, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in partnership with BMW, has been moving towards fostering and generating a series of filmed interviews exploring the topics and challenges facing urbanism in India and other developing regions.


This partnership bridge will be an important aspect of the Kochi Biennale Foundation’s research program and act in tune with the large-scale cultural project’s theme of ‘cosmopolitanism and inclusiveness’. All interviews and discussions will be filmed and screened at a symposium as part of the closing week programme in March 2013. The Kochi-Muziris Biennale will then take place every two years in Kochi and Muziris, India.



Clifford Charles Five rooms of Clouds Room 5, Profound Profanities. Mixed media, site-specific installation


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