Saffronart auction for Kochi Biennale Foundation

Saffronart will hold a fundraising auction on 31 October 2017 to support India’s largest biennale.

The KBF Fundraiser auction will feature the work of over 30 leading artists, including leading Indian artists Subodh Gupta’s and Bharti Kher’s installations.  

Amrita Sher-Gil, Untitiled, 1927. Image courtesy the Artist, Saffronart and Kochi Biennale

Amrita Sher-Gil, ‘Untitiled’, 1927. Image courtesy the Artist, Saffron Art and Kochi Biennale.

Taking place on Tuesday 31 October 2017 with preceeding viewings in Mumbai, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale Fundraising Auction raises vital funds for Indian’s leading Biennale. Founded in 2000, Saffronart is an international fine art auction house, based in Mumbai, which prides itself on bridging the gap between India and the international community, along with the global indian diaspora. At the forefront of selling Indian art, its focus is to bring transparency to the auction process, and to provide easy access to bidders around the world.

Dinesh Vazirani, the auctioneer of Saffron Art Mumbai, comments:

As the largest art event in the country, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale has gained immense significance over the past three editions. Its efforts to enhance recognition and appreciation for emerging and established artists require the support of both the government and private institutions. Saffron Art is proud to conduct the Kochi Biennale Foundation Fundraiser Auction, and support the Foundation in its fundraising efforts.

Subodh Gupta, Untitled, 2017. Image courtesy the artist, Saffronart and Kochi Biennale

Subodh Gupta, ‘Untitled’, 2017. Image courtesy the artist, Saffron Art and Kochi Biennale.

Co-founded in 2012 by Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu, the Kochi Biennale Foundation is a non-profit charitable trust “engaged in promoting art & culture and educational activities in India”, to broaden the Indian public’s access to art. This can particularly be seen through the hosting of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, held every two years at Fort Kochi, Kerala, over a three-month period. The first edition took place from December 2012 to March 2013, with the second edition, “Whorled Explorations”, taking place from December 2014 to March 2015 and curated by acclaimed artist Jitish Kallat.

Francesco Clemente, Ascending, 2017. Image courtesy the artist, Saffronart and Kochi Biennale

Francesco Clemente, ‘Ascending’, 2017. Image courtesy the artist, Saffron Art and Kochi Biennale.

With a mix of photographs, paintings and sculptures, highlights from the auction include works by Subodh Gupta, Manisha Parekh, Varunika Saraf, Vivan Sundaram, Thukral and Tagra, Atul Dodiya, G R Iranna, B Manjunath Kamath, Parvathi Nayar, Bharat Sikka and international artist Francesco Clemente. Many of the works have been donated by the artists, as patrons of the Biennale.

Bharti Kher, Duck Face, 2016. Image courtesy artist, Saffronart and Kochi Biennale

Bharti Kher, ‘Duck Face’, 2016. Image courtesy artist, Saffron Art and Kochi Biennale.

The auction includes work from some of India’s most important female artists such as Pushpamala NAmrita Sher-Gil and Bharti Kher. Amrita Sher-Gil has two works on paper from 1927 on auction, and Bharti Kher is auctioning her recent 2016 work, Duck Face.

Vivan Sundaram, Red River, 2016. Image courtesy artist, Saffronart and Kochi Biennale

Vivan Sundaram, ‘Red River’, 2016. Image courtesy artist, Saffron Art and Kochi Biennale.

The auction highlights the role of Saffronart Co-founders Minal and Dinesh Vazirani as supporters of art and culture. This is the second time that Saffronart is partnering with the Kochi Biennale Foundation for a fundraiser auction; the first edition was held in April 2015, with 93 percent of works sold.

Anna Jamieson

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