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The Kochi-Muziri Biennale is India's First

The exhibition to celebrate contemporary art

Jasodhara Banerjee
Published: Dec 7, 2012 06:34:49 AM IST
Updated: Dec 18, 2012 03:11:06 PM IST
The Kochi-Muziri Biennale is India's First

The Kochi-Muziri Biennale—India’s first biennale—aims to celebrate not just contemporary art, but the cosmopolitan legacy of Kochi, and its predecessor, the ancient port of Muziris. The exhibition will host the works of Indian and international artistes, in mediums like film, installation, painting, sculpture, new media and performance art. Heritage buildings and unused structures—for instance, 100,000 sq ft amid the Mattanchery Warehouses, a hub for Kerala’s spice trade since the 14th century—will also be converted to exhibition venues. The Biennale will feature 90 artists from 24 countries and includes the likes of Atul Dodiya, Ernesto Neto, Anita Dube, M.I.A., and Joseph Semah. Programmes include talks, seminars, workshops, music and screenings. Ten international films, selected by Adoor Gopalakrishnan, will also be screened. 

What: The Kochi-Muziri Biennale
Where: Kochi, Kerala
When: December 12-16
Details: kochimuzirisbiennale.org

(This story appears in the 21 December, 2012 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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