The BMW Group has extended its association with the Kochi-Muziris Biennale for three more editions. They have partnered the event since its inception in 2012. The third edition of KMB which is currently underway across 9 venues in Fort Kochi till March 29, 2017, once again offers an opportunity for the brand to widen its cultural engagement.
On the morning of the opening on 12 December, the BMW Art Talk was held at Fort Kochi in the presence of Feroze Gujral (patron-Kochi Biennale Foundation, philanthropist, co-founder-Gujral Foundation), Dr Venu V (IAS, Principal Secretary, Kerala Tourism, Government of Kerala), Dayanita Singh (photographer) and Dr Thomas Girst (Head of BMW Group Cultural Engagement on the topic of ‘The Art of Patronage’.
Curated by artist Sudarshan Shetty, KMB 2016 will showcase 112 art works of 97 artists from 36 countries. Sudarshan Shetty is the first Indian to join the Rolls-Royce Art Programme, which was on show in Mumbai this November.
Founded and curated by two of India’s leading artists, Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale is a project in appreciation of, and an education about, artistic expression and its relationship with society. It is not only a platform for contemporary art in India but also provides a platform for social change. In addition, the Kochi Biennale Foundation sees it as its mission to function as a catalyst for subjects such as sustainability and urban development.