India’s inaugural festival of international contemporary visual arts, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, a non-profit endeavor, will take place in Kochi and Muziris in 2012. Partnering with the Muziris Heritage Foundation the Biennale will celebrate India's rich cultural and social heritage.
Kochi-Muziris Biennale will be the largest contemporary public art event in the country. To be held every other year, the project will showcase artwork created by some of the world’s most engaging artists, both established and emerging, from India and abroad. The exhibition will present a variety of mediums from film, installation, painting, sculpture, new media and performance art.
Kochi-Muziris Biennale seeks to invoke the historical cosmopolitan legacy of the modern metropolis of Kochi, and its mythical predecessor the ancient port Muziris. The Biennale aims to create a platform for debate by introducing ambitious contemporary international visual art practices and theory to India, showcase new Indian and International art, enabling a dialogue among the public, artists, curators and local & international visitors.
Through the celebration of contemporary art and the Kerala region, the Biennale will present artworks throughout Kochi and Muziris in existing exhibition sites, public spaces, heritage buildings and other non-traditional venues. Alongside the exhibitions the Kochi Biennale Foundation will organise an extensive public programme of seminars, workshops and a comprehensive and far reaching educational program.