Bihar Museum kickstarted the first Museum Biennale in India, and the World, on the occasion of Bihar Diwas on Monday. It is a week- long hybrid avatar–physical and digital event, organized by the Department of Arts, Culture and Youth Affairs, Government of Bihar.
The seven-day event includes curated virtual & unground tours of participating museums.
There will be an International Virtual 2-Day Conference with eminent speakers like Neil MacGregor, Hilary Knight, Sourana Noujaim, Javier Barón Thaidigsmann among others and several Master-classes will be live streamed with speakers from Germany, France, India, Italy, Spain, Singapore, South Africa, the UK and the UAE. The sessions are available for free to attend, world-wide.
The conference is aimed at viewing the museum as a site of incubation, inventiveness and ideas. Whereas each master class session has been specially created to initiate a discourse around the cultural objects of the museums of antiquities, of modern art, of contemporary art and future museums which are more experiential and some which are narrative museums.
Two special exhibitions will also be available at the museum in Patna for visitors during the Biennale: one on the ‘Making of the Bihar Museum’, and another showcasing the rich collections of 19 local state museums of Bihar.
“Visitors can take a virtual tour of 20 museums including 13 from the country and seven from foreign including the USA, Mexico, Italy, Poland and Bangladesh. Keeping varying time zones across the world, we have also made a provision to record and upload the virtual tour on our official website so that viewers can watch them as per their suitable timings. We will also run English subtitles to overcome language barrier,” Anjani Kumar Singh, the nodal officer of the Bihar Museum and advisor to the chief minister of Bihar said.
The participating Indian museums are Assam State Museum (Guwahati), City Palace Museum (Udaipur), Kanha Museum of Life and Art (Madhya Pradesh), Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (Bhopal), Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghralaya (Mumbai), Museum of Art and Photography (Bengluru), Museum of Goa (Goa), Museo Camera (Gurgaon), Virasat-e-Khalsa, Anandpr Sahib (Punjab) and Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (New Delhi).
The objective of the biennale is to bring together museums from India and around the world to showcase key artefacts of their collections, to initiate integral discourses regarding museum culture.
Inside Bihar Museum
The new Bihar Museum in Patna is conceptualized as a cultural hub which enquires and explores the creativity of the people of Bihar and the world. Designed & executed by the world-renowned Japanese firm, Maki and Associates, the museum’s galleries are designed in a way which brings alive the extraordinary history of Bihar with new age interactive multimedia exhibits and storytelling.
The permanent collection galleries of the Bihar Museum have two basic components – the history galleries and the art gallery.
The Museum’s collection of artifacts and artworks on exhibit depicts the story of ancient Pataliputra and Bihar from earliest times to the 18th century. It also includes an interactive, educational, cutting-edge Children’s Gallery.
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