The Kochi-Muziris Biennale

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is an international exhibition of contemporary art hosted in the city of Kochi, India. The Biennale draws on the rich tradition of public action in Kerala to become a platform for cultural and artistic engagement.

It would not be amiss to say that the Kochi-Muziris Biennale cannot be held elsewhere. There is an intimate relation between the idea and the ambition of the Biennale and its location in Kochi. Kochi has been and continues to be home to diverse communities both from within India and outside. This cosmopolitanism of Kochi possibly derives from its continuity with the ancient port of Muziris, today covered and preserved by mud and mythology. It is the strength of this alternative cosmopolitanism that the hyphenation of the Biennale seeks to invoke.

The inaugural edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale opened on December 12, 2012 and ran for 96 days till March 13, 2013. Curated by artists Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu, the Biennale featured 89 artists from 23 different countries, including 44 artists from India.

The second edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale will open on December 12, 2014 and will run for 108 days till March 29, 2015. Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 is curated by Jitish Kallat.

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