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Art Rises for Kerala Auction Showcases Masterworks for Post-Flood Aid

A Preview Exhibition in Support of the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund Opens to the Public Kochi Biennale Foundation has opened a preview exhibition for works that will be part of the Ark Rises for Kerala (ARK) relief auction on January 18, 2019. The auction, being held in collaboration with Mumbai-based auction house Saffron Art, is an effort to bring together the Indian and global art community to aid those affected […]

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BV Suresh’s biennale work questionscensorship by political parties

Amid bright sunshine, the main venue of Kochi-Muziris Biennale has an indoor space that is dimly lit. Deliberately. That is at Aspinwall House’s choir go down segment, where the focus is on dark subjects. It’s a thought-provoking work by BV Suresh against vigilance, mob violence and censorship. The Hyderabad-based artist raisesconcern about political parties stifling creativity and suppressing dissent. Using commonobjects like cane and bamboo along with videos, middle-aged Suresh […]

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Biennale sounds getting as strong as its sights: Adoor Gopalakrishnan

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale has been evolving over the past six years since the debut show, with the ongoing edition getting richer with sounds as much as the sights, according to renowned filmmaker Adoor  Gopalakrishnan. “This time, the biennale appeals not just to the eyes but also to the ears,” said the septuagenarian, a pioneer of the new-wave cinema movement in his native Kerala. “I am surprised by the addition of […]

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Try paint with water on a glass wall: Song Dong’s ‘temple’ a big hit at Biennale

Yet again, the Sunday crowd throngs the open-roof circular glass structure at the leafy main locale of Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Both children and adults enter the slits on both sides of the light-green fence with curiosity. Only to get involved in their own artwork.A quick one though, but definitely memorable. Welcome to ‘Water Temple’, the particularly interactive installation at the ongoing art festival’s central Aspinwall House venue in Fort Kochi. Conceived […]

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Biennale shatters elitism around top works of art: Amitabh Kant

Kochi-Muziris Biennale demolishes the general notion that art is for the elite and that thought-provoking exhibits cater only to the upper crust of society, according to NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant. Terming the ongoing 108-day festival as “unique”, he said the Biennale in Kerala mirrors its mass base, freeing it from the clutches of the rich class. “No wonder, this has a lot of people from different sections of society […]

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Young Ugandan lensmanbreaks barriersthrough hip-hop at Kochi Biennale

Whenever KibuukaMukisa Oscar travels to a new city, the young Ugandan photographer puts out a social-media call asking for local breakdancers. It was the same when he visited Kochi ahead of India’s only biennale. “Any bboys in Kochi area?” asked his Instagram page. Prompt came the response — from a member of Kerala’s Southside Bboys who had been following the Ugandan artist. It’s an incident the 26-year-old from his country’s […]

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India Post sets up stall at Biennale; revives philately through nostalgia

One of the oldest and most trusted government offices in the country, the Indian Postal Service stirs up the old memories for the visitors to the fourth edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in an artistic manner. Its stall features two wooden boxes that symbolically remind of the days we used to visit the post office to send out mails to our loved ones, a practice that is fast fading into […]

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Iconic Biennale artist Krishnakumar was a naughty child with principles: brother

Far from being celebratory, Christmas is when memories about his brother revisit K P Ravindran. It’s on the day after the festival that renowned artist K P Krishnakumar committed suicide — way back in 1989. Very rarely have the Kerala-born painter-sculptor’s works made it to public exhibitions in the three decades that followed. Among the exceptions is the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. The once-in-two-years art event had featured Krishnakumar in its first […]

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Kerala Tourism’s International Children’s Online Painting Competition in memory of Clint evokes huge global response

Over 30,000 kids from 116 countries register for competition January 31 last date for submission of entries    The international online painting competition for children launched by Kerala Tourism to commemorate India’s legendary child prodigy Edmund Thomas Clint, who left behind a rich legacy of over 25,000 pictures in a short span of life, has generated overwhelming response from around the world. Over 30,000 children from 116 countries have so […]

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Kochi Biennale art room revs up to host string of New Year workshops

Amid a substantive display of art from across the globe, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale is a doubling as an event that promotes study and research on the subject for the younger generation. Come 2019, and the organizers of the 108-day festival are hosting a series of workshops that will go by unconventional ways to educate budding painters and sculptors, while making art even more accessible to the public at large. The […]

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