Kochi | The ongoing Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) has succeeded in ensuring that a chunk of its exhibits ‘brilliantly’ follow the curatorial theme so as to become a ‘milestone’ in modern contemporary art, according to renowned cultural activist and philanthropist Kiran Nadar.
Addressing art lovers and patrons in a programme at her residence in Delhi, the veteran art collector said she enjoyed tremendously the 108-day exhibition which is based on ‘Whorled Explorations’ that deliberates across axes of time and space to interlace the bygone with the imminent.
It is a must-visit. Those of you who haven’t been to the biennale, should go there at the earliest, she said at the function organised in association with leading fine arts auction house Christie’s, to honour the Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) for having successfully put up the second chapter of India’s only such event of its kind.
Present on the occasion were biennale curator Jitish Kallat besides KBF President Bose Krishnamachari, secretary Riyas Komu and top functionaries such as Bonny Thomas, Shwetal Patel and Abhayan Varghese, a release said. Nadar said she particularly enjoyed the works of Anish Kapoor, Madhusudhanan, Aji V N, Bharti Kher and Gigi Scaria.
Christie’s Director (Asian Art) Amin Jaffer said the biennale has been a ‘cultural achievement’ of worldwide significance both for its quality of curatorship and the works of art. ‘What’s more, it has got a unique setting’, he added. Nadar, who is the founder of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and a trustee of Shiv Nadar Foundation instituted after her entrepreneur husband, said KMB’14 has retained its world-class artistic spirit in the second edition.
I would say the proportion of the Indian and foreign artists (at the biennale) is ideal and fair, she opined. The debut biennale in 2012 ‘saw things falling into place after being a bit disorganised initially’. The ongoing show, which is on from December 12, 2014, is all cohesive right from its start, she noted.