India Beat are excited to introduce an incredible opportunity to visit India’s first Biennale which runs from December 2016 to March 2017. We are working with Asian Contemporary Fine Arts to offer private 4 day tours which will provide unrivalled access to Kochi. The tour will take you to the various venues of the Biennale – from dockside warehouses to colonial office compounds, a 150-year old Durbar Hall to art galleries and public squares. The tour will be guided by an international art historian and expert with thorough knowledge of the art and culture from the subcontinent. It will provide a fascinating vista of contemporary art, featuring emerging and established artists from India and abroad. It will also include cultural programmes that focus on more traditional art forms from the region as well as studio visits and encounters with Kochi-based artists.
The Kochi-Muziris Biennale, now in its third edition takes its name from two cities. Muziris is an ancient Port which offered harbour to merchant fleets from Greece, Rome, Phoenicia and Egypt, and Kochi. From the 15th century on Muziris was closely linked to the ‘Age of Discovery’, an era of conquest, trade, and colonialism, bearing the early seeds of globalisation. This vibrant history has inspired artists and curators to explore ideas and themes that link the shores of Kochi to the themes we inherit in our world today.
The Biennale has artists at its helm, with Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu leading the inaugural edition in 2012, Jitish Kallat curating the edition in 2014, and internationally acclaimed artist Sudarshan Shetty being appointed artistic director for 2016/17.
The Biennale is spread across numerous locations in Kochi and serves as a unique platform for the discovery of the city, reflecting several centuries of cosmopolitanism. It links the art and culture of India to emerging ideas of the world at large today, blurring the boundaries between the local and the global.
The starting price for this tour is $5500 for 2 people. This includes private, specialist guiding as well as a car and driver for the 4 days. For more information please contact us at email@example.com.
Title image: Robert Montgomery’s Fado Music in Reverse at Aspinwall House, Fort Kochi
1 below: Ernesto Neto’s Life Is A River at Moidu’s Heritage Plaza, Fort Kochi
2 below : Subodh Gupta at Aspinwall House, Fort Kochi
Courtesy: Kochi Muziries Biennale