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The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is an international exhibition of contemporary art being held in Kochi, Kerala. It is the first Biennale being held in India. The exhibition will be set in spaces across Kochi, Muziris and surrounding islands. There will be shows in existing galleries and halls, and site-specific installations in public spaces, heritage buildings and disused structures. Indian and international artists will exhibit artworks across a variety of mediums including film, installation, painting, sculpture, new media and performance art.Through the celebration of contemporary art from around the world, The Kochi-Muziris Biennale seeks to invoke the historic cosmopolitan legacy of the modern metropolis of Kochi, and its mythical predecessor, the ancient port of Muziris. Alongside the exhibition the Biennale will offer a rich programme of talks, seminars, screenings, music, workshops and educational activities for school children and students.
The Birth Of Kochi-Muziris Biennale
 In May 2010 Mumbai based contemporary artists of Kerala origin, Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu was approched by, then culture minister of Kerala M.A Baby to start an international art project in the state. Acknowledging the lack of an international platform for contemporary art in India,Bose and Riyas proposed a biennale a large scale international exhibition in Kochi on the lines of Venice Biennale.
First Kochi-Muziris Biennale 
 The First Kochi-Muziris Biennale began on 12 December 2012(12/12/12). The biennale will host 80 artists with nearly 50 percent foreign artists, site-specific works and a sustained education programme in the three months.As a run-up to the event, in April, the Durbar Hall Kochi will host German modern artist Eberhard Havekost's exhibition “Sightseeing Trip”, held in collaboration with Dresden State Art Collections.
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