Bihar Museum will host India’s first-ever museum biennale on Bihar Diwas, March 22, 2021. And we have all the deets right here! By Kumar Shree
Bihar museum is all set to organise the world’s first-ever museum biennale this year in Patna. This biennale will begin from the auspicious Bihar Diwas day, March 22, and will conclude on March 28. The museum biennale will be organised by the Department of Arts, Culture and Youth Affairs, Government of Bihar, and it will bring together a set of key collections from museums across the globe.
Shri Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar, Shri Anjani Kumar Singh, the Nodal Officer of the Bihar Museum and a few other selected dignitaries will attend the inauguration event. The publication, Bihar, India and the World: Celebrating Museum Collections, will also be launched at the inauguration event. This publication will have detailed information about 12 primary national participating museums.
Here’s the list of Indian museums that are participating in the Bihar Museum Biennale:
- Assam State Museum
- Bihar Museum, Patna
- City Palace Museum, Udaipur
- Chhatrapati ShivajiMaharaj VastuSangrahalaya, Mumbai
- Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal
- Kanha Museum of Life and Art, MP
- Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi
- Museo Camera, Gurgaon
- Museum of Art & Photography, Bengaluru
- Museum of Goa, Panaji
- National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
- Piramal Museum, Mumbai
- Virasat-e-Khalsa, Anandpur Sahib
As noted in an official release, CM Kumar said, “Bihar Museum is a cultural hub dedicated to the spirit of enquiry, exploration and creativity of the people of Bihar and the world… Bihar Museum Biennale is a step forward to highlight the rich heritage of India and bring alive the extraordinary history of Bihar and also celebrate the cultural narratives from various parts of the world.”
Initially, the biennale was supposed to be a three-month-long on-ground affair. However, owing to the pandemic, it will now be held in a dual (physical + digital) format spanning across seven days. During these seven days, attendees will be able to witness specially curated virtual tours (and on-ground) of the participating national and international museums.
If you are planning to physically attend the Biennale, opt for their audio-guided tour that will give you a low-down on the key highlights of the collection. Additionally, you can also explore two curated exhibitions at the museum. One, ‘Making of the Bihar Museum’ by leading architect Rahul Gore that will portray the journey of how Bihar Museum came into being, and the other one will showcase the rich collections of 19 local state museums of Bihar.
A two-day international virtual conference will follow the inauguration ceremony. There will also be virtual lectures and masterclasses on art and culture of Bihar.