Pune Biennale Festival 2017

Pune Biennale 2017

Welcome to the third edition of the Pune Biennale, a vibrant art festival that is making its presence felt on the international art map. It promises to be a spectacular event in the public art domain, re-imagining spaces for creative expression in the city, thereby making art more accessible, and offering a platform for artists to engage with the city's population.

Pune Biennale 2017 invites you to get enriched with Habit Co Habit curated by Zasha Colah and Luca Cerizza and showcasing international artists in Pune's landmark locations like Pataleshwar Caves, Balgandharva, Z-Bridge, Jungli Maharaj Temple, PES Modern High School, Empress Garden.

Come engage in our Participatory Projects involving all sections of society and being housed in major art galleries and parks like Empress Garden as well as moving spaces created especially for this art event in the city.

Block the dates 5th to 29th January 2017 - and get ready to embrace the city's creativity while connecting with great artists and thinkers from across India and abroad - in a not-to-be-missed celebration of design, architecture, performance, installation art and much more!

Inclusive Art (with specially-abled)

In its third edition, Pune Biennale brings forth a very interesting opportunity to experience inclusive art. Take your pick from the multiple ways that we intend to disseminate this project:

  1. Workshop with children

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Young Expressions: Student Projects

What possibilities, creative and collaborative, may be unleashed if we pave the way for genuine exchange of art as well as the thought process behind its creations? Pune Biennale invites students of various Indian art schools to share their Young Expressions by engaging in a dialogue, and thereby develop an unusual critique of contemporary Indian art.
The medium will, naturally, be the student's own exploratory artworks. Pune Biennale invites approximately five installations from each art school.

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Not Just A Garden

For all visitors, old and new, Pune Biennale 2017 offers a novel opportunity to experience this bustling public garden with a tinge of art! The Sambhaji Park on JM Road has been long known for its greenery. These working lungs of Pune will now host a series of artworks and installations during the Biennale. Therefore, for a brief window of time, we wish to transform this treasure-house by adding another layer of cultural space, to appreciate Sambhaji Park also as an artspace.

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Moving Art / Spaces

What constitutes an art space? Galleries? Auditoriums? Parks?

How about an art space which moves and allows you to move through it? Pune Biennale Foundation did some out of the box thinking to bring to the city some unique architectural spaces which will be transient, thereby exapnding the field of art, spatially and temporally. These spaces are either artworks themselves or such that contain artworks. In and around the Deccan area of the city, one can witness and experience these creations and installations.

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My City / My Art

A city is no more than its people. Pune Biennale 2017 offers an open platform for people to speak their mind publicly in an articulate yet artistic mode/form. It is only through such free rendering that our city can benefit from the public and participatory artistic expressions.

We have all grown up with fond memories of streets that we called ours and that inhabited our world. We often talk nostalgically about the beauty of such streets. Those days seem to be gone and why not; we now want fancy cars parked outside our houses. Nothing wrong with it- at least we think so. But when everybody does that the street vanishes.

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Imagine having to choose from several art galleries because they are hosting concurrent shows! Well, this is no advertisement in Berlin or Edinburgh or such.

Pune Biennale 2017 brings to you a sheer treat for 15 days where local artists will showcase their cutting edge work based on the theme "Identity and Self". This exhibition, which is a collaboration with hosting galleries is an impulse to involve Pune artists to present contemporary works.

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January - 2017


Event Date - 5 th January- 17

1) Inauguration: "Search Within" (11.00 a.m)
2) Inauguration: Pune Biennale 2017 (5.00 p.m)

Event Date - 16 th Jan- 17

Identity and self (11.30 a.m)

Event Date - 27 th Jan- 17

Poetry at Sangam
Timing - 7.00 p.m
Venue - India House Art Gallery, Balewadi

Event Date - 20 th Jan- 17

Video presentations
Timing - 5.00 p.m to 6.00 p.m
Venue - Nehru Cultural centre,Auditorium Ghole road

Event Date - 31 th December- 16

1) Public spaces

Event Date - 6 th January- 17

1) Inauguration: Moving art spaces (11.00 a.m)
2) Inauguration:Habit - co - Habit (1.30 p.m)
3) Inauguration: “Identity and Self” (6.30 p.m)
4) Inauguration:Vaishwik Art Environament (5.00 p.m)
5) Inauguration:Merawala Blue (6.00 p.m)

Event Date - 7 th January- 17

1) Inauguration: Young Expressions (10.30 a.m)
2) Inauguration: Not just a garden (12.30 p.m)
3) Talk: “Everyday Spaces” (2.30 pm – 4.30 pm)

Event Date - 8 th January- 17

1) Inauguration: “Art, Space and Props” (12.30 pm)
2) Talk: “Artistic Simulations” (11.00 am- 1.30 pm)
3) Inauguration: “Out of Shadows” (4.30 pm)
4) Inauguration: Indigo Routes” (7.0 pm)

Event Date - 9 th January- 17

1) Etching Workshop (10.30 a.m)

Event Date - 13 th January- 17

1) Video presentation:From Mobile Parikh center,Mumbai (5.00 pm to 6.00 p.m)

Event Date - 14 th January- 17

1) “Kriya” –painting workshop (10:00 am- 7:00 pm)
2) Talk:“Idiorrhythmy” (3:00 – 5:00 pm)
3) Moving Pictures: Artists’ Films from the Film London Jarman Awards (5.00 – 7.00pm)

Event Date - 15 th January- 17

1) Moving Pictures: Artists’ Films from the Film London Jarman Awards (5.00 – 7.00pm)

Event Date - 21 th January- 17

1) Talk: “Indian School of Polish Capitalism” by Janek Simon and Max Cegielski
Timing - 11.00 am to 12.30 pm
Venue - Nehru Cultural centre,Auditorium Ghole road

2) Video presentations
Timing - 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm
Venue - Nehru Cultural centre,Auditorium Ghole road

3) Talk:“Cosmic Sound & Cosmic Web”
Timing - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue - Yona friedman Canopy, Phule Museum, Shivaji Nagar

4) Movie and Discussion on " Laxma Gaud "
Timing - (4:00 pm)
Venue - Yashwantrao Chavan Art Gallery, Kothrud

Event Date - 22 nd January- 17

1) “Earth Matters” : Drawing Competition for Children
Timing - 5.00 pm
Venue - Sambhaji Park, Shivaji Nagar.

2) “Dance Your Way Thru’ Images, Haiku and Abhinaya!”
Timing - 5.00 pm

Venue - British Council Library, F.C Raod.

Event Date - 24 th January- 17

“Mix the Play”
Timing - 10.00 am to 2.30 pm
Venue - British Council Library, F.C Road.

Event Date - 28 th January- 17

1) Talk: “Pune. Arrival City”
Timing - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue - Yona friedman Canopy, Phule Museum, Shivaji Nagar

2) Award Distribution: Children Drawing competition
Timing - 6 pm
Venue - Nehru Cultural centre,Auditorium Ghole road

Event Date - 29 th January- 17

Closing Ceremony
Timing - 5.30 pm
Venue - Nehru Cultural centre,Auditorium Ghole road