The Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) enters its second edition on 12-12-14 with "Whorled Exploration" curated by Jitish Kallat
Many of you visited the first edition - the responses for which have been phenomenal. As excitement and intrigue build around the next chapter. We invite you to a curtain-raiser to introduce, to bring awareness and to raise support.
Each one of you, the stakeholder and patrons of the arts, are invited to participate and take pride in unvelling the second edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.
7.00pm an introduction by Girish Shanhane
7.10pm a presentation by Riyash Komu on KMB
7.20pm a presentation on the curatorial
7.35pm an address by Dinesh Vazirani
7.45pm a vote of thanks by Dr. Uday Balakrishnan
Jitish Kallat was born in Mumbai in 1974, the city where he continues to live and work. His works are often distilled, poetic investigations into the fundamental themes of existence, interlacing several autobiographical, art-historical, political and celestial references. His works have been exhibited widely at museums and institutions including Tate Modern (London), Martin Gorpius Bau (Berlin), Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane), Kunst Museum (Bern), Serpentine Gallery (London), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), Palais de Beaux-Arts (Brussels), Hangar Bicocca (Milan), Busan Museum of Modern Art, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art (Oslo), ZKM Museum (Karlsruhe), Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (Oslo), Arken Museum of Moderne Kunst (Copenhagen), Institut Valencia d’Art Modern (Spain), Art Museum (Tokyo), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Jean Tinguley Museum (Basel) and the Gemeente Museum (The Hague) amongst many others. Kallat’s work has been part of the Havana Biennale, Gwangju Biennale, Asia Pacific Triennale, Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Asian Art Biennale, Curitiba Biennale, Guangzhou Triennale and the Kiev Biennale amongst others. His solo exhibitions at museums include institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Bhau Daji Lad Museum (Mumbai), the Ian Potter Museum of Art (Melbourne), CSMVS Museum (Mumbai), the San Jose Museum of Art and Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney). He was the curator and artistic director of Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014.Read more
Girish Shahane has degrees in English literature from Elphinstone College, Bombay University, and Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He was editor and later consulting editor of Art India magazine. Exhibitions curated by him include The Presence of the Past (Jehangir Nicholson Gallery, 1998); Art / Technology (Max Mueller Bhavan, Bombay, 2000); Home Spun (Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, 2011); Bright Noise (Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai, 2014), and Midnight’s Grandchildren (Studio X, Bombay, 2014). Shahane was Director of the Skoda Prize for Indian Contemporary Art from 2011 to 2013, Artistic Director of Art Chennai 2014, and Artistic Director of the India Art Fair 2015. He writes a weekly column for Scroll.in.Read more
Dinesh Vazirani completed his Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and his Master's in Industrial Engineering, both at the Stanford University. In 1994, he was awarded an MBA degree with Honors from the Harvard Business School and returned to India. In 2000, Dinesh founded Saffronart with his wife Minal. Since then, he has led the organization in providing access and information to seasoned collectors, institutions and to a new community of art enthusiasts. Saffronart has, over the last ten years, become a leading global corporation committed to the arts. A series of critically acclaimed exhibitions, events and auctions, that provide buyers with a transparent, professional environment has made Saffronart popular internationally. Dinesh's alma mater, the Harvard Business School, published a case study on the company.Read more