Why the Pune Biennale is not an exercise in art appreciation
The art festival is a mismanaged debacle and organizers have no defense but promise to make amends this week
Last week we visited the showcase of Berlin artist and graphic novelist Sarnath Banerjee, which is part of Habit Co-Habit, the flagship project of the Pune Biennale. Although there is a lot of talk about the work in artistic circles, the Pune Biennale website had no information on where it was being presented. A glance at Banerjee’s social media page indicated that his work was posted at
A biennial, especially in India, which hosts the impressive curation and very frequented
For art lovers in the city and beyond, the festival was spread over too many venues with too little information in the form of a printed catalog or even online updates. Noted
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Mirror contacted the general director of the Pune Biennale Foundation, Dr Kiran
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The arrangement which was agreed by the administration of the Museum of Phule and the
Little or no initiative to attract the local audience is also the reason why most places are almost empty. Attendance at the Phule Museum, for example, is around five to ten visitors a day. TO
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Another management fiasco was listing a venue on the site, removing it from the list and not making any changes to the festival venue map or website. This was the case in Yashwantrao
With less than two weeks of the event’s end, organizers say they plan to make things better from now on. Dr Shinde said: “Certainly there have been some gaps, including the shortage of volunteers. We are working on it and now plan to appoint paid guides instead of volunteers for more responsibility. Further, he added that as the grandeur and breadth of the third season is far greater than previous editions, it affects management and execution to some extent. “Plus, with an event of this magnitude, the list of things to do and check out is huge. So some mistakes do happen, however, I make sure we get the details sorted out, ”he said, adding:“ The priority is to update the website and add a section on timetables. of each site. ”
The entrance to the gallery was blocked. There were no volunteers to guide us
The exhibition was only accessible during the opening hours of the Museum. There were no volunteers on the NG site
3. CHHATRAPATI SAMBHAJI GARDEN, JM ROAD
There were no volunteers when we visited and garden security had no idea that the Pune Biennale was taking place at the site.
4. YASHWANTRAO CHAVAN ACADEMY OF DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION (YASHADA), BANER ROAD
Although this has been canceled as a venue by the Biennale Foundation, the official site has not been updated.
5. MODERN SCHOOL PES, SHIVAJINAGAR
The hall exhibiting one of the Habit Co-Habit shows was closed during school hours. No signage or volunteers were present at the school.
No volunteers and no signage on this site.
7. BAL GANDHARVA KALADALAN, JMROAD
This venue had no exterior signage, but there was a volunteer on site as well as printed information about exhibitions in the other galleries, but no information about Habit Co-Habit, the flagship project of the Pune Biennale.