Recently, unprecedented floods in many parts of Kerala have devastated the landscape – destroying homes and livelihoods, displacing thousands, and taking many lives. These are the worst floods the state has seen in the last century. Kochi Biennale Foundation urges material and monetary donations from any who are able.
The Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund is a targeted effort by the Government of Kerala to provide immediate assistance to those affected by the disaster. Along with the distribution of basic goods and immediate care, the Fund also will work to rebuild damaged infrastructure all over the state.
ART RISES FOR KERALA
INTERNATIONAL ART AUCTION
Kochi Biennale Foundation announces ARK (Art Rises for Kerala), an effort to bring together the Indian and international community to aid Kerala in its time of need. The first phase of ARK was a major auction of modern and contemporary art, held on January 18, 2019. The auction, featuring a wide range of modern and contemporary work, saw all its lots sold, with a total of Rs 3.2 crore raised to be donated to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund, a Kerala government drive established during the floods to provide immediate relief as well as rebuild damaged infrastructure all over the state.
The auction, conducted by Kochi Biennale Foundation and Saffronart, comprised 42 artworks generously donated by leading Indian and international artists, gallerists, and collectors. Works in the auction included those by canonical modern masters, like Amrita Sher-Gil, senior artists like Gulammohammed Sheikh, V Vishwanathan, Madhvi & Manu Parekh, as well as contemporary masters like Anju Dodiya and Atul Dodiya, Anish Kapoor, Dayanita Singh, and Abir Karmakar, amongst many others. For more details, please click here.