What is Kochi-Muziris Biennale?

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The 5th edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale opens on December 12, 2022, displaying works of over 90 artists from across the globe in varied media.

About Kochi-Muziris Biennale:

  • The Kochi Muziris Biennale was founded in 2011 by Kerala-born, Mumbai-based artists Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu.
  • It aims to "create a platform that will introduce contemporary, global visual art theory and practice to India”.



  • A biennale is an international large-scale showcase of art that takes place every two years at a particular site, centred around a curatorial theme.
  • The theme for 2022: “In Our Views Flow Ink and Fire”.
  • One of the most prestigious and oldest biennales in the world is the Venice Biennale, which was established through a resolution by the city council in 1893 to celebrate national artistic talent.
  • In 2009, a global Biennale Foundation was established with an "aim to create a platform for dialogue, networking, and knowledge sharing among contemporary art biennials around the world".


Significance of the Art biennale:

  • Biennales, often named after the host city, become a reason for local pride, promoting cultural tourism and generating revenue through visitors.
  • Biennale is often viewed as recognition of an artists work Frequented by the powerful and the important in art, a
    participation  in Biennale  can open opportunities for future museum exhibitions,gallery representation and acquisitions.


Q1) What is Muziris Heritage Project?

The Muziris Heritage Project is one of the biggest conservation projects in India, where the state and the central governments have come together, with support from UNESCO, to conserve a rich culture that is 3000 years old. The region that forms a part of the heritage project lies between North Paravur in Ernakulam district and Kodungallur in Thrissur district. Muziris was an active port on the west coast of southern India in the 1st century BCE.

Source: Indian Express