Spectacular start for Kochi Muziris Biennale 2014

Jan 01, 2015 | Vol. 7, Issue 1
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The second edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) got off to a spectacular start from 12 December 2014. Inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister Ommen Chandy, the 108 days long KMB '14 mirrors the latest trends in global art in a display of 100 works by 94 artists from 30 countries including India. The once-in-two years exhibition of cross-continental aesthetics encompasses sight, sound, smell and touch. KMB '14 also features cultural programmes besides cinema, seminars and lectures along with partner projects and collaterals.

Aspinwall House in Fort Kochi is the main venue, which houses 69 works. The other venues include Cabral Yard, Pepper House, Vasco da Gama Square, David Hall, Kashi Art Gallery, CSI Bungalow (all in Fort Kochi) and Durbar Hall, a stately gallery space situated in downtown Ernakulam.

Artists' Cinema, the 100 day film festival screening documentary, short and feature films curated by key personalities from the film circuit take place in the evenings (6.30pm) at the main venue. The public conversations series, Let's Talk, organised by the Biennale Foundation is an opportunity for thinking and discussing about art and cultural practices among artists, critics and the public.

According to the officials, the KMB '14 has registered an impressive footfall totalling 75,000 at its seven venues in Fort Kochi, after two and a half weeks of the opening.  Apart from extending visitor timings up to 6.30 pm owing to popular demand, the biennale will also give people free entry on Mondays from January onwards. While tickets for all the eight venues cost Rs.100, entry for students up to 15 years is only Rs.50.


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