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A Wave-kissed Biennale

As a large-scale contemporary art expo that sought global attraction and transboundary presence, the second edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale was a felicitous winner.

“Biennale” is an unusual word, which, in Italian, suggests “biennial” and is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as “a large art exhibition or music festival” that happens every two years. The term dates to 1895, when the first Venice Biennale was conducted—and is echoed in more contemporary events like the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Valentin Bontjes van Beek, professor of architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, told The New York Times that the Venice event “has a leverage that is unequalled anywhere else,” adding that “it’s also in a lovely location...,” which was made up of abandoned buildings, disused edifices, and still-green spaces in the city’s historic dockyards.

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