The continent’s biggest festival of contemporary art, Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018, to be spread over 108 days from December 12, is to contribute to rebuilding Kerala.
The Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) is organizing an auction of select artworks, the proceeds of which will go to the Kerala Government in rebuilding the State after the August floods and landslides.
Paintings, sculptures and installations of more than 40 artists living in the country and abroad will go under the hammer at the event in this city on January 18 next year amid the fourth edition of Biennale, organisers said.
The initiative named ARK for Art Rises for Kerala will have the auction featuring modern and contemporary works by reputed artists such as Dayanita Singh, Subodh Gupta and Anish Kapoor.
By bringing together the Indian and global art communities to help rebuild Kerala, the auction will have its proceeds directed to the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund meant to benefit those affected by the region's worst calamity in a century, KBF founder-president Bose Krishnamachari said.
"The power of art in disaster recovery is significant," noted Bose, who was the co-curator of the first Biennale in 2012. “Our endeavour reinforces the fact that art goes a long way in re-laying the foundations for a State in its troubled times,” he added. The fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale will begin on December 12 and conclude on March 29.