BMW is official partner of the fifth Kochi-Muziris Biennale

BMW Art Talk “Art in India: From Collecting to Collective Action”.

Munich/Kochi: Since its very first edition in 2012, BMW has been official partner of Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB). The fifth biennale opened on December 12, 2022 with over 200 projects spread across heritage properties and warehouses, galleries and public spaces across Fort Kochi, Mattancherry, and Ernakulam on India’s southwestern coast.

The central exhibition “In Our Veins Flow Ink and Fire” curated by Singaporean artist Shubigi Rao will run until April 10, 2023 featuring 90 artists and over 40 new commissions in historic Aspinwall House, Pepper House, and Anand Warehouse in Fort Kochi.

“As we await you in Fort Kochi, for the fifth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, we acknowledge change – a recalibration of our lives post the pandemic as well as at the foundation and Biennale as we gear for another decade, having just turned ten this year. We are optimistic, learning from Shubigi Rao’s vision for ‘In Our Veins Flow Ink and Fire’ – of how artists navigate the realities of their conditions and hold hope with their creative intelligence and humour”, notes Bose Krishnamachari, President of Kochi Biennale Foundation.

BMW Art Talk: “Art in India: From Collecting to Collective Action”

To celebrate the fifth edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale as official partner, the BMW Art Talk was held on the morning of December 13 at 11.30 AM followed by a lunch at Brunton Boatyard. Shubigi Rao (Curator of KMB 2022-23) and Aarti Lohia (Patron and Trustee KBF) were in conversation with Dr Thomas Girst (Head of BMW Group Cultural Engagement) on the topic of “Art in India: From Collecting to Collective Action”.

Programmes and Exhibitions – Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2022-23

Founded in 2010, the Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) was started by artists for artists, with the intention to bring contemporary art and ideas from across the world to South Asia. Situated in Fort Kochi, an island not far away from Muziris, the ancient port on the maritime silk route, the site was a nod to both a history of trade and cultural contamination, and a locus for global, cutting-edge contemporary art. This year, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, turns ten. While it is a moment to celebrate, it has also been a time of deep reflection.

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