KMB suggests India ready for more experiments: YPO

The Mumbai YPO group at the Aspinwall House after their tour of KMB '14.

Kochi: The Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) 2014 conveys the message that India is poised to take forward a recent surge in the country’s experimental work in the field of art, according to the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), which scheduled its annual retreat at the 108-day exhibition on here.

“The show, with its variety of media, blew my mind away,” said YPO Mumbai chapter’s Dinesh Vazirani of Saffronart, a leading auction house for art and antiquities based in that metropolis. “The second coming of the biennale, which has found a space for such interesting, experimental work shows that we can now have more of this. I hope this goes forward and gets transported to the spaces that we live in.”

The 40-strong group, which consists of head honchos of Mumbai businesses, lauded the spirit of the Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) for pulling off such an event. “The scale of the show is eye-popping,” said Vazirani, who organised the trip. “You could not have something like this in Mumbai, so I would ask everyone to please come to this scenic corner of India and see the exhibition.”

Founded originally in USA in 1950, YPO is a global network of young chief executives with approximately 22,000 members in more than 125 countries and aims to provide members with increased opportunities for success in the global marketplace by assisting them to form partnerships with other members all over the world.

The delegates who visited the biennale said that the contrast between the old-world feel of Fort Kochi and the contemporary exhibition was striking, and the fact that the exhibition is titled in favour of the local region makes it interesting. “This region takes you back a few centuries and it is incredible that the Kochi Biennale Foundation has attempted to bring such an event here,” said Archana Hingorani, CEO of an investment management company.

Even for the art collectors in the group, who have been to other international biennales, the show felt “extraordinary”. “It is wonderful to see that the artists have pushed themselves to link their work to Kochi,” said Amrita Jhavari, a gallerist, collector and art advisor. “It is really poetic. It is a really tightly curated show,” she said.

The Mumbai YPO group was here on a three-day visit of the KMB’ 14 sites. The retreat also included a talk by the country’s top five collectors. “The retreats are meant to be educational and fun,” said Vazirani.