With little over a fortnight remaining for the inauguration of the third edition of Pune Biennale, preparations are underway in full-swing and the countdown has already begun. Noted dignitaries including city mayor Prashant Jagtap, PMC commissioner Kunal Kumar along with joint committee members of Pune Biennale Foundation recently presented an overview on the upcoming edition.
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Managing Director of the foundation Dr Kiran Shinde, said, “We are very happy to witness the increasing response from the people. We have applications of around 300 artists this year.”
Pune Biennale Foundation president, Vishwajeet Kadam, said, “Pune has always been addressed as a cultural capital, but when it came to representing or accommodating visual art and design, we were adrift. However, today we are glad to have instituted the idea of Pune Biennale together with the support of PMC.” The biennale will be held from January 5 to January 29.
When asked to comment on the comparison of Pune Biennale to the Kochi Biennale, which has a financial assistance by the state government, Kadam said, “Kochi Biennale has a very high budget. As far as our state is concerned, we had a discussion with the CM and the Cultural Minister, and they both are very keen on helping. But in our state it is like, ‘you prove yourself once and then will see’.”
The third edition has a line-up of seven major shows, which includes its flagship exhibition named ‘Habit-co-Habit’ curated by Zasha Colah and Luca Cerizza. Another significant project is the “Inclusive Art” which will involve differently-abled artists and children.