Kerala floods: Kochi Biennale Foundation to raise funds for rebuilding through auction of select artworkshttps://indianexpress.com/article/india/kerala-floods-kochi-biennale-foundation-to-raise-funds-for-rebuilding-through-auction-of-select-artworks-5431843/

Kerala floods: Kochi Biennale Foundation to raise funds for rebuilding through auction of select artworks

An auction of select artworks will be held on January 18 next year, the proceeds of which will go into the Chief Minister's Disaster Relief Fund. Titled 'Art Rises for Kerala', the auction will feature art installations, paintings and sculptures of more than 40 artists in India and abroad.

In case of any natural calamity beyond the coping capacity of a state, additional financial assistance, as per norms, is provided by the central government from NDRF, in which 100 per cent funding is by the central government.
“The power of art in disaster recovery is significant,” said Bose Krishnamachari, KBF founder-president and the co-curator of the first biennale, in a statement. “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. (Representational Image)

The Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF), which runs the extremely popular Kochi-Muziris Biennale – the country’s largest contemporary art exhibition – has said that it will do its part in raising valuable funds for the rebuilding of Kerala after the devastating floods in August.

An auction of select artworks will be held on January 18 next year, the proceeds of which will go into the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund. Titled ‘Art Rises for Kerala’, the auction will feature art installations, paintings and sculptures of more than 40 artists in India and abroad. Some of the artists whose works will be featured at the auction include Dayanita Singh, Subodh Gupta and Anish Kapoor among others.

“The power of art in disaster recovery is significant,” said Bose Krishnamachari, KBF founder-president and the co-curator of the first biennale, in a statement.

“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 biennale will go to the floors at multiple locations in Kochi on December 12 this year and conclude on March 29, 2019.