Kochi Biennale ~ The Gateway to redemption


The stretch of the excitement of the colours from far and wide, an art lover’s dream, a place where freedom spreads its wings is at its best, yes…the largest art festival in all over South Asia, the Kochi Muziris Biennale proudly shines itself with arts of all kind; you name it; from traditional to contemporary, all under one roof.


Kochi Biennale
Picture Credits: Kochi Muziris Biennale Org.

Every two years, the colours float joyfully all around the world; the Kochi Muziris Foundation being a non-profitable charitable trust holds the international art exhibition, The Kochi Muziris Biennale. Such an initiative was taken by the Kochi Biennale Foundation along with the support of the Government of Kerala and subsequently, the ever first exhibition came to be held on 12th December 2012 and has been continuing to do so.


This encouraging initiative was taken in order to enhance the awareness of various art and cultures to the public by livening up the historic spirit and infusing it into contemporary art.



Founded by two pre-dominant contemporary artists of India, Bose Krishnamachari’s and Riyaz Komu’s inspiration was held to be the Venice Biennale, which is considered to be the most exclusive art exhibitions held. The main lookouts for both these contemporary artists were to voice out and to create an impact and a different dimension on the visual art throughout India and they were very well successful in doing so considering almost six lakh people visit from all over the world to witness the grandeur.



The Kochi Muziris Biennale has a unique yet direct way of presenting the pre-colonial traditions and culture of India through modern and contemporary artworks. The pre-colonialist features still lives very much in this part of Kerala since this trading port has been in its working for more than six centuries. The Kochi Muziris Biennale, therefore, wishes to authenticate itself as a centre of art and it has successfully been able to do so.


The Biennale is every artist admirer’s dream; visited by people from far and wide and appreciated for its outstanding exhibitions of all sorts. The Kochi Muziris Biennale presenting itself for a total of 120 days making it the largest exhibition of all South Asia making it an experience worth to witness.


Picture Credits: Holidify

A peculiar feature of the Kochi Muziris Biennale is how the artworks are presented to the world, this being another captivating reason as to why this Biennale is visited by people from far and wide. The Biennale found it to honour and respect the traditions while presenting artworks, therefore they came up with the idea of displaying the art forms in historic buildings that weren’t used and yet is filled with historic aspects, Aspinwall House, Pepper House, Durbar Hall etc.. being a few.


The Kochi Muziris Biennale wishes it to be a voice of the historic traditions that still lives fiercely in our country India. The Kochi Muziris Biennale can proudly be called as the gateway to redemption, unlocking the true beauty of India to the world.




Article By: Aanice Tressa Thomas


Aanice is presently pursuing her second year in BBA LLB from Symbiosis University. Apart from law, she has an ardent desire when it comes to the field of art and wishes to convey it to people around the world through the way of writing. She wishes to encourage and catch hold of a larger audience through The Connoisseur.






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