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Kochi Biennale: Quick facts, venues, tickets, what to see, where to stay.

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Quick facts about Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014-2015 being held at Fort Kochi

  • When: Dates for the ongoing Kochi Biennale are 12th December 2014 to 29th March 2015.
  • Where: Kerala - Fort Kochi and Mattancheri, multiple venues. See list below.
  • What: Kochi Biennale is an international exhibition of contemporary art, being held over a period of 108 days, with 94 artists from 30 countries.
  • The theme: ‘Whorled Explorations’, an attempt to reflect various colonial influences on what was once a key maritime city.
  • Where to buy tickets: Ticket counters at Aspinwall House, Fort Kochi and Durbar Hall.
  • Ticket prices: Adults – Rs 100; children up to 15 years – Rs 50. Ticket counters open at 10 AM and close at 5 PM.

Kochi-Muziris Biennale Venues (and their historical significance)

  • Aspinwall House, Fort Kochi: Primary venue of the Biennale
  • David Hall, Fort Kochi: A Dutch bungalow built around 1695, named after David Koder, a Jewish business man
  • Pepper House: Once used for storing goods and spices waiting to be loaded onto ships in the harbour, this place is being renovated to create a multi-purpose space that will host and promote visual arts year round in Kochi.
  • Durbar Hall, Ernakulam:Once the Royal Court of the Maharaja of Cochin, this 150 year old royal structure is now a modern exhibition venue, boasting of Erco LED museum lighting, climate control and disability access.
  • Parade Ground, Fort Kochi: A public square bordered by Cochin Club, David Hall, VOC Gate and St Francis Church where Vasco deGama was originally buried in 1524.

 

Kochi-Muziris Biennale Welcome video, “To the child in us” ( Don’t forget to switch on the English sub-titles!)

 

Why it’s a must-go, must-see, must-experience event: If you love art, you’ll love this. If you aren’t much fond of art, this might be the catalyst for you to turn into an art-lover. At Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the artists engage all your senses, and then some more. While Anish Kapoor’s perpetual whirlpool “Descension” can make you dizzy or philosophical, the unique exhibit of Norwegian artist Sissel Tolaas transports to you a different world, with your sense of smell.

 

descension by Anish Kapoor at Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Anish Kapoor with his "Descension" at Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Image courtesy: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/

Other Interesting Facts about the Kochi-Muziris Biennale

  • The First Kochi-Muziris Biennale began on 12 December 2012
  • The Venice Biennale is one of the inspirations behind the concept of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale
  • Artists Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu founded The Kochi Biennale in the year 2010
  • What else KBF (Kochi Biennale Foundation) is working on: conservation of heritage properties and monuments; promoting and supporting traditional forms of art and culture.

More information about artists and current programmes available on the Kochi Biennale website: www.kochimuzirisbiennale.org

Travel and accommodation info for Fort Kochi

How to reach Fort Kochi by Air:

Nearest Airport: Kochi International Airport, Nedumbassery (45km to Fort Kochi). Kochi is connected by air to all major cities in India and the Middle East, as well as to many cities in SE Asia. Tourists from some countries can also avail Tourist visa on arrival. Check if your country is on the list, here: All You Need to Know About Tourist Visa on Arrival in India – TVoA

Getting around in Fort Kochi:

Walking tour: Most locations of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale are walking distances from each other.

Go green and healthy: Bicycles are available on rent and are a good way to explore Fort Kochi and Mattancheri.

Do it India style: Auto-rickshaws (tuk tuks)are a fun and pocket-friendly option for travel around Fort Kochi and the Biennale venues.

Where to stay at Fort Kochi

Fort Kochi has a range of accommodation options to choose from. But if your taste in accommodations is also artsy, or if you would like to have a luxury holiday while attending the artsy festival, you can choose from our handpicked and personally reviewed heritage villas and luxury B&Bs. You could also check out our newly introduced Fort Kochi pool villa.

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Chris Dercon, Director of Tate Modern in London, speaks about Kochi-Muziris Biennale

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