Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012 immortalized by Google Art Project


Kochi: Thanks to Google Art Project potentially millions of people across the world can now virtually discover and explore India’s first biennale the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012. With this, it becomes the world’s first and only biennale to be archived and digitized by Google Art Project which has till date only collaborated with museums and other permanent exhibitions.

The Google Art Project is collaboration between Google and some of the world’s finest and most highly acclaimed art institutions include collections of the White House in Washington DC, Musée d’Orsay and Musée du Louvre in Paris and the National Gallery in London among many others.

“This is a historic achievement. It is mind-boggling to think that even 20 years from now someone can experience the biennale exactly as it happened in 2012,” said Bose Krishnamachari, Director of Kochi-Muziris Biennale and the co-curator of the first edition, which showcased artworks by 89 artists from 23 countries and was visited by nearly 400,000 people.

Shwetal Patel, Executive Director of the Biennale and in charge of Digital Development, said, “This is a tremendous feat of technical and technological achievement. To get a Biennale type exhibition onto the Google Art Project was a huge challenge and something that has never been attempted before, we are proud to be able to work with everyone at Google in making this happen.”

Google Art Project will allow users to explore the biennale venues. Shooting over a period of one-week the technical team used highly specialized cameras and trolley systems to collect 360-degree images of the artworks and exhibition venues including the historic Durbar Hall in Ernakulum which was renovated by the Kochi Biennale Foundation in 2011. This ambitious archiving project is a joint venture between the Kochi Biennale Foundation and Google Art Project, with support from Google India.

Amit Sood, Head of Google Art Project, said “I’m absolutely delighted that India’s first ever Biennale, with its outstanding collection of Indian and international art, has joined the Cultural Institute, bringing this exhibition to a global audience.”

The cyber platform (Google Cultural Institute) enables users not only to view high resolution images from various museums but also allows them to compile their own collection.

Kerala IT News