Open-minded and Cosmopolitan: Deutsche Bank
Supports Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India

108 days, 94 artists from 30 countries, and 8 event locations: the second edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale is conceived as an art event aimed at an international audience. The show, sponsored by Deutsche Bank, is the first and only biennial for contemporary art in India—and it has a lofty aim. A statement issued by the biennial makers reads: “The Kochi-Muziris Biennale seeks to reflect the new confidence of Indian people who are slowly, but surely, building a new society that aims to be liberal, inclusive, egalitarian and democratic.” Under the title Whorled Explorations, the biennial reflects the cosmopolitan spirit of the South Indian region: Kochi has been a burgeoning center of global trade for over 600 years. The harbor city carries on a tradition that dates back to antiquity; commercial trade began in nearby Muziris in the 1st century BCE.  

Along with young Indian positions such as Arun KS and Manish Nai, artist and Biennale curator Jitish Kallat also presents “classics” such as the art photographer Dayanita Singh, whose work commands an entire floor in the Deutsche Bank Towers in Frankfurt. Many other artists from the collection were also invited to take part: Albanian artist Adrian Paci, who lives in Italy, shows his video installation The Column. Paci also has an entire floor dedicated to his work, and a series of photographic works from this project were recently acquired for the Deutsche Bank Collection. In addition, Anish Kapoor, Kader Attia, and the Raqs Media Collective are several more artists from the collection represented in the show. Bringing the art closer to the public plays a major role in the Kochi-Muziris Biennale: along with artists’ talks and special offers for art students, the program features an array of creative workshops for kids and youths.

Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014
Whorled Explorations

Through 3/29/2015