Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 Open To The World
On Dec 14, 2014
|Kochi: At 12 minutes past 12 noon on December 12, Jithish Kallat, the curator of the 2nd edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale(KMB) hoisted the flag of of KMB 2014 to a rapturous crowd at the Aspinwall House. During the gala event in the evening, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy officially opened the 108-day extravaganza to the world.
Even though money was, and still is, wielding an anvil and standing tall; after months of research & toiling, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale opened in a grand manner with Peruvanam Kuttan Maraar leading a 305-percussionist ensemble for a thunderous Pandi Melam.
“This time around Rs.2 crores has been provided to the Biennale. The request of organisers for more funds will be considered even though we are in a financial crunch. The contributions of Biennale to the financial, cultural & tourist sector is invaluable”, proclaimed the Chief Minister during the rain drenched inaugural event.
The KMB 2014, titled as the ‘Whorled Exploration’, deals with the blend of maritime history of Kochi with the whorled spaces of Astronomy. The theme considers Kochi as a view point rather than a subject of art. In Kallat`s curatorial note, he says, “Whorled Explorations is conceived as a temporary observation deck hoisted at Kochi.”
94 artists from 30 countries are here to showcase their talents. Some of the most acclaimed artists with international appeal, like the Italian Francesco Clemente, Bharti Kher, and Mona Hatoum, are participating in KMB 2014.
The Biennale is from December 12 to March 29. The tickets are priced at Rs 100 for adults & Rs 50 for children.