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Demystifying Biennale!
Pune Biennale 2017: 3rd Edition

Dr. Kiran Shinde

As such now, the Pune Biennale has emerged as an institution to create a world-wide cultural identity for the home-city and act as a vehicle for the development of the city, aesthetically while unlocking endless possibilities for the creative community. Pune Biennale 2017 offers an open platform for people to speak their mind publicly in an articulate yet artistic mode/form. A wide range of small, topical, and contextual responses to the central theme of “Identity and Self ” are invited as a part of this project.


A Biennale is a term recognised globally for a program that takes places once every two-year and most commonly used within the art world to describe large-scale international contemporary art exhibitions. Venice Biennale is the oldest one dating back to 1895 and presently more than 160 cities in the world have their biennales that encompass different disciplines of arts. In lines with the same ideology, India too is establishing a strong foothold in this space, with Kochi holding the country’s first biennale in 2012 soon followed by Pune in 2013. The age old myth around art is that art is confined to museums and art galleries. But the fact is, art speaks a universal language and goes beyond the boundaries of a particular religion, country or race.

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