Kochi-Muziris Biennale
Kochi, Kerala

Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Kochi-Muziris Biennale

One of South Asia’s largest festivals of contemporary art, the four-month-long Kochi-Muziris Biennale’s mission is to “introduce contemporary international visual art theory and practice to India” and “enable a dialogue among artists, curators, and the public”. More than 400 works by over 350 artists from across the world have been showcased at the event since its launch in 2012. It has hosted two million visitors in its four editions so far.

Anish Kapoor, Anita Dube, Jitish Kallat, Ranbir Kaleka, Shubigi Rao and Sudarshan Shetty are among the artists whose works have been part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, to name just a few. Other highlights at the festival have included the Let’s Talk conversation forum, the Music of Muziris concert series, the Artists’ Cinema screenings and the Video Lab projects on contemporary art, artists and art practices. With exhibits and events at repurposed heritage properties in and around Fort Kochi, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale is as much about the history of its host city as it is about the art.

The fifth edition of the biennale took place between December 2022 to April 2023 across multiple venues in Fort Kochi and Ernakulam. Curated by Singaporean-Indian contemporary artist Shubigi Rao, this edition, titled In Our Veins Flow Ink and Fire, featured 80 artists and collectives and over 45 new commissions. Read Rao’s curatorial statement here.

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Festival Schedule

The Kochi Muziris Biennale takes place in a range of venues centered around Fort Kochi, Mattancherry, and Ernakulam. The Biennale spaces are, for the most part, heritage properties that have been preserved, repurposed and developed for the exhibition. The attendees will experience the incredibly diverse culture of Kochi, national and international artists’ projects, and various other programmes such as Artists’ Cinema, Music of Muziris and Let’s Talk. There’s also the Students’ Biennale and Art By Children (ABC) programme, two of the important verticals of the Kochi Biennale Foundation in the fields of art and education. Typically, spending a week at Fort Kochi would be ideal to best experience the Biennale.

How To Get There

How to reach Kochi

1. By Air: Nedumbassery International Airport is situated about 20 km from Kochi. There are regular flights from and to several other cities in India and abroad, including the Gulf countries and Singapore.
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2. By Rail: Harbour Terminus on Willingdon Island, Ernakulum town and Ernakulum Junction are three important railheads in the region. There are frequent rail services from the railway station to various other major cities of the country.

3. By Road: Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) connects Kochi with all major cities in Kerala and with many cities in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Deluxe Volvo buses, AC sleepers, as well as regular AC buses, are also available from the cities to major destinations. You can visit Thrissur (72 km), Thiruvananthapuram (196 km) and Madurai (231 km) quite easily by these buses from Kochi. Taxis are also available from and to the main city.

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Items & Accessories to Carry

1. The weather in Kochi during December is dry and warm. Pack airy, cotton clothes.

2. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations, and if the venue allows bottles to be taken inside the festival site.

3. Comfortable footwear. Sneakers for long walks while exhibition hopping.

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About Kochi Biennale Foundation

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