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Kochi-Muziris Biennale: art takes a trip down south

Aakriti Sawhney, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 27, 2012
First Published: 17:41 IST(27/12/2012) | Last Updated: 02:09 IST(28/12/2012)

The much-awaited and the most anticipated art event of the year, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, finally opened in Kerala on December 12.

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This three month long contemporary art confluence is the first-ever biennale to take place in India. Curated by artists Riyas Komu and Bose Krishnamachari, it brings together over 90 artists from around the globe showcasing their creative excellence through installations, paintings, sculptures and films.

Some cutting edge works by Indian artists include Paris Viswanathan’s 40-year-old masterpiece showing the essence of human life through grains of sand. Another one is Subodh Gupta’s work, depicting life’s parables through a boat.

The opening week saw many visitors from different parts of the world. We asked Delhi’s art fraternity to share their views on the biennale. Here’s what they have to say:

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Aspinwall House, the main venue, acted as an ideal site for aesthetic probing. International artist Angelica Mesiti’s video work was exceptional Bhavna Kakar, gallerist LN Tallur’s work instantly caught my attention and I spent maximum time there. The effort is undoubtedly worth appreciating SAYS, Rohit Gandhi, designer and gallerist.
 
It’s a tremendous step of putting India on the world art map. Atul Dodiya’s photographic installation was one of the noteworthy works --Shefali Somani, gallerist 

The way biennale involved and interspersed various art forms in and around the city was great. It is a good exposure for young artists --Siddhartha Kararwal, artist

I liked the organic feel to all the works —complimented by the spaces — but I disliked the informal approach about the information of art works --Vibha Galhotra, artist


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