At a time when distinguished artwork festivals the world over have both been postponed or have gone digital, India is readying for its first ‘Museum Biennale’. Organised by the Bihar Museum, the biennale will probably be held from March 22-28 in a hybrid avatar – bodily and digital. It will see the participation of 12 main nationwide museums, together with City Palace Museum, Udaipur; Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi; Museo Camera, Gurgaon; and Museum of Art & Photography, Bengaluru.
“The Bihar Museum is a cultural hub dedicated to the spirit of enquiry, exploration and creativity of the people of Bihar and the world. The soft power of art and culture has a special space of engagement in our development strategy for Bihar. The Bihar Museum Biennale is a step forward to highlight the rich heritage of India and bring alive the extraordinary history of Bihar and also celebrate the cultural narratives from various parts of the world,” mentioned Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, in a press release launched.
While the biennale was initially envisioned as a three-month-long occasion final yr, within the wake of the Covid pandemic, the seven-day occasion will see specifically curated digital excursions of taking part nationwide and worldwide museums. Two curated exhibitions will probably be held on the Bihar Museum in Patna – one on the ‘Making of the Bihar Museum’ by its architect Rahul Gore, and one other on the wealthy collections of 19 native state museums of Bihar.
“As an artwork historian, I can say that the soul of India, the center of India in some ways is Bihar, whether or not it’s Pataliputra or Magadha. The Bihar Museum Biennale will probably be a chance to convey out a compendium of Indian museums, and have a good time their respective collections, every telling its personal story,” mentioned Alka Pande, mission director of Museum Biennale.
A two-day worldwide digital convention, to be held on March 23 and 24, will see the participation of eminent personalities, together with British artwork historian Neil MacGregor; Hilary Knight, Director of Digital, Tate Galleries, UK; Dr Souraya Noujaim, Scientific, Curatorial and Collections Management Director at Louvre Abu Dhabi; Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Director-General of CSMVS, Mumbai; and Spanish researcher Javier Baron, amongst others.