Photos and text: Kochi Biennale Foundation
An array of signature artworks of modern and contemporary masters, ranging from the late Amrita Sher-Gil to A. Ramachandran and from Vivan Sundaram to Subodh Gupta, will come under the hammer as the Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) is all set to organise a live and online fundraiser on 31 October in Mumbai to support the upcoming fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB).
In all, artworks of 41 artists will be up for grabs at the auction to be held at Saffronart’s office in Prabhadevi, a southern upscale locality of Mumbai. The registration will start at 7 pm while the auction is to start an hour later at 8 pm. Besides live auctioning, bidding will also take place online, on the phone and on the mobile app of Saffronart—an art auction house.
A preview of these artworks was held on 26 October at the Mumbai offices of Saffronart.
“This is the only revenue generating effort undertaken by the KBF, and the auction is an unprecedented show of support by the Indian art fraternity for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale as all the works are donations by the artists,” said Bose Krishnamachari, the KBF president.
“These donations by artist-patrons show the faith of the art fraternity in the Biennale and the belief that sustenance for it must come from within. Several of these artists have participated in the previous editions of the Biennale and they are donating for the second time,” he added.