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Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012 Posted on: 2012-10-10
Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012
Kochi is to become platform for contemporary art from '12/12/12', the day first ever Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) opens. Biennale is a reminder of history. It connects modern art to the 600-old heritage of Kochi and further to its mythical past enriched by the ancient port of Muziris that disappeared in the 14th century.

The biennale was the effort eminent artists Riyas Komu and Bose Krishnamachari in 2010 with the help of then Minister of Culture, Shri M.A. Baby. After a few round of talks the government contributed a sum of Rs. 5 crore for the event.

At Rs 3.5 crore, the ramshackle Durbar Hall building, the main exhibition space of the debut venture, was transformed into a more up market venue with climate control and lighting conforming to international gallery standards.

Over the last two months many international artists came down to the city for preparations. Over 80 artists from 35 countries will be taking part in the event.

The Kochi City Mayor, Shri Tony Chammany has expressed his willingness to provide halls for conducting the biennale. However the government has decided not give any more financial support for the biennale, but it will continue to support the biennale by providing infrastructure for the event.

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