Minister finds Biennale an outstanding tourism product

(From left) Hibi Eden MLA, Excise Minister K Babu and Tourism Minister A P Anil Kumar at Parvathi Nayar's KMB'14 work 'The Fluidity of Horizons' at Aspinwall House.

Kochi: The Kochi Muziris Biennale is one of Kerala Tourism’s most outstanding products, Tourism Minister A P Anil Kumar said on Tuesday.

The exhibition venues clocked a good turnout on the Sivarathri holiday, and Excise Minister K Babu too visited with his wife Gita, daughter Aiswarya and son-in-law Vibin.

The ongoing biennale is “something we are pleased to present” to the world, said Mr Anil Kumar. “Kerala has Ayurveda, and backwaters and beach tourism. And now we have a different product that has made its mark in the world.”

The tourism minister, who was accompanied by Hibi Eden MLA, said the government was constantly monitoring the functioning of the biennale. “We have received positive feedback from every quarter,” he said.

Mr Babu, who is a legislator from Tripunithura constituency just outside Kochi, felt he was “wandering into a wonderland”.

“The works here take us beyond our imagination,” said the minister, who spent nearly three hours at the main Aspinwall venue. “We think of art only in terms of paintings, but it is interesting to see the range of medium used here. It would be a real loss to not visit the biennale.”

The minister particularly enjoyed the video work of Chinese artist Yang Zhengzhong titled ‘Rice corns’, which depicts a couple of chicken pecking grains, and is a statement on consumerism.

Aiswarya Babu, who is the marketing head of Lulu Mall, said that the works were “really moving to even to someone with an untrained eye like mine”. “The exhibition seems to stir up our brain cells,” she said.

Suresh Kurup MLA, who visited the site, too felt that traditional concepts of art stood on the head, after a visit to the biennale. “It brings great Indian and international contemporary concepts under one roof,” he said. “I enjoyed every minute that I spent here.”