Kochi-Muzziris Biennale organisers to create corpus fund

PTI Kochi | Updated on January 24, 2018

With delays in government funding affecting organisation of art exhibition Kochi-Muzziris Biennale, its organisers have decided to create a corpus fund through one of the biggest art auctions.

The Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) said 40 renowned Indian artists have donated their works which will go under the hammer in Mumbai on April 7 to raise funds for the foundation.

“The auction is being conducted as part of Kochi Biennale Foundation’s efforts to create a corpus fund....The corpus fund will help to make the Biennale self-sustaining and will largely help in dispelling organisational hitches,” a KBF official said here today.

The auction, to be held on April 7, is being held in collaboration with SaffronArt, one of the largest modern art auction houses for Indian art.

“The evening will start with a preview at 6.30 p.m. at the Taj Land’s End, Mumbai followed by registration at 7 p.m. and live auction at 8 p.m.,” KBF said in a release.

In a bid to get more people participate in the auction, the organisers have made the auction available online.

Kochi Biennale Foundation has successfully organised two critically-acclaimed editions of Kochi-Muziris Biennale which has a combined attendance of nearly a million visitors.

Although the Foundation has been receiving financial aid from the Kerala Government, delays in funding have affected the organisation of the event.

“Despite varied funding sources, securing adequate and timely funding continues to be the biggest challenge for future editions of the Biennale,” said KBF founder-president Bose Krishnamachari.

“To form an essential part of a collective effort to ensure the sustenance and longevity of India’s first biennale, 40 artists have generously donated their art works for the fundraiser,” he added.

KBF co-founder and Secretary Riyas Komu said “the April 7 auction is a self-generated funding initiative where artists have come together to support the only biennale in the world that is conceived, led and curated by artists“.

Navjot Altaf, whose installation ‘Mary wants to read a book’ was part of KMB ‘14 feels that the biennale is an artists’ initiative and so artists should work collectively to bring contemporary art from around the world for the benefit of the people here.

“I like to support an activity like the biennale so that it continues in the coming years,” said the Mumbai-based artist, who is donating a sculpture, ‘Sirha’, for the auction.

“I was also impressed with how existing spaces were used for both editions of Kochi Muziris Biennale, rather than building temporary structures that become a waste after the event. This is a good way of also involving owners of these spaces and local people in the event,” he said.

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