Kochi Muziris Biennale 2014 Opened up for a 108 days Festival of Arts.

The second edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) got off to a spectacular start, unveiling an imaginative line-up of contemporary installations, sculptures as well as paintings that seek to punctuate time and redefine space in an unprecedented assembly. The 108-day KMB ’14, a once-in-two-years exhibition of cross-continental aesthetics encompassing sight, sound, smell and touch, was inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on 12/12/14. The festival mirrors the latest trends in global art in a display of 100 works by 94 artists from 30 countries including India.

The evening began with a two-hour traditional ensemble featuring 305 artistes. Exponents of ethnic drums, cymbals, pipes and horns made more than half-a-dozen long rows to present the ancient ‘Pandi Melam’ that lasted for two hours under the leadership of chenda maestro Peruvanam Kuttan Marar, ahead of state chief minister Oommen Chandy formally declaring the 108-day extravaganza open. The Pandi recital was typically preceded by an introductory chembada melam which lasted 20 minutes.

‘Whorled Explorations’, which is the central exhibition of the 2nd KMB titled by the curator of KMB ’14 Jitish Kallat will follow a designated route that commences at the sprawling and colonial Aspinwall House, which is the largest venue of the biennale hosting the works of 69 artists. The itinerary will then track to six other venues around Fort Kochi (Cabral Yard, Pepper House, Vasco da Gama Square, David Hall, Kashi Art Gallery and CSI Bungalow), before ending at Durbar Hall, a stately gallery space situated across the waters in downtown Ernakulam. The 108 – days festival will concludes on March 29, 2015.

Artists from India who are part of the Biennale include Gulammohammed Sheikh, Akbar Padamsee, K G Subramayan, Dayanita Singh, N Pushpamala, Navjot Altaf, Sudhir Patwardhan, N S Harsha, Gigi Scaria and Valsan Koorma Kolleri among others. International participants include Xu Bing, Mona Hatoum, Adrian Paci, Yoko Ono, Rafael Lozano Hemmer and Anish Kapoor.

KMB ’14 also features cultural programmes besides cinema, seminars and lectures along with partner projects and collaterals. According to Riyas Komu, the secretary of the 2010-founded KBF, the idea of KMB’14 is to reflect the composite culture. KBF is a non-profit organisation engaged also in the uplift of traditional forms of art besides conservation of heritage properties and monuments.
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