The Kochi–Muziris Biennale (KMB) is an international platform of contemporary art showcasing visual art across mediums including painting, sculpture, installation, film, digital media & performing arts across of a variety of sites in Kochi and its predecessor Muziris. The inaugural edition which was launched on 12/12/12 attracted audiences of nearly 400,000 people and brought over 80 artists from over 24 countries to Kerala, making it India’s largest festival of art.
KMB is grateful for the support of the Government of Kerala in the conduct of the first edition of the Biennale. KMB is also grateful to the National Culture Fund (Ministry of Culture, Government of India) which provides 100% tax exemption for all sponsorship and donations to the Kochi Biennale Foundation, a registered not-for-profit Charitable Trust.
The Kochi Biennale Foundation aims to secure the coming editions of the KMB and ensure it continues to give the very best platform for world class artists; inspires thousands of children and young people each year through an innovative education programme; and engages with local, national communities, through presenting and debating the very best in contemporary visual arts and culture.
KMB aims to be a touchstone for contemporary art internationally, playing a central role in India’s cultural landscape and aims to be pivotal to the continued growth of India’s burgeoning soft power on the international scene.
The next edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale beginning in December 2014, is again planning on conducting a rich programmes of talks, seminars, cultural programs, music concerts, screenings, workshops & educational activities for people across a variety of segments, in fulfillment of our mandate to bring art to every doorstep and to involve the region on a long term basis in the pursuit of creativity and excellence.