India's first art biennale concluded

Jan 01, 2013 to Jun 30, 2013 | Vol. 5, Issue 1 & 2
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The three-month-long international exhibition of contemporary visual art, India's first art biennale curated by Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu, came to a close on March 17, 2013 at Kochi, Kerala (India). 

The three-month-long international exhibition of contemporary visual art, India's first art biennale curated by Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu, came to a close on March 17, 2013 . A 'Thank You walk' from Aspinwall House, the main venue to Parade Ground and a performance of a local music band, Kaav at the Vasco da Gama Square in Fort Kochi were the highlights of the concluding ceremony.  According to the officials, biennale attracted nearly 400,000 visitors, including renowned curators, art historians, artists, critics, collectors and art lovers and students from around the world.

Kochi-Muziris Biennale, which began on 12-12-12 hosted 89 artists from 23 countries. The selected artworks of the students and children were also displayed in the student exhibition and Children's Gallery of the biennale. The biennale was held in 14 venues in and around Fort Kochi and Ernakulam with its theme of multi-cultural co-existence and inclusiveness. It highlighted the cosmopolitan past of Kochi and its predecessor, Muziris, and brought Kerala to an international limelight there by boosting its cultural tourism. Some of the most exciting and popular of the biennale's collaterals were impromptu works by professionals and amateurs who came to Kochi to enjoy the experience but ended up being a part of it. Seminars, symposiums, conferences and workshops were also held alongside the event. It included 29 talks, 15 collateral projects and cultural programmes showcasing classical and folk music, traditional art forms, theatre, literary festival and a film festival.

After turning a new page in Indian art history and striking global media headlines, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale Foundation announced the next edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, which  will commence on December 2014 for which the preparations are well under way.

www.kochimuzirisbiennale.org

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