Kathmandu: The much-awaited Kathmandu Triennale (KT 2017), a prestigious international art festival, kicked off with a function held in Kathmandu on Friday.
Organized by the Siddhartha Arts Foundation (SAF) and S.M.A.K (the Museum of Contemporary Art, Gent, Belgium), this mega art festival was jointly inaugurated by artist Uttam Nepali and ambassador of European Union to Nepal, Rensje Tserink amidst a function held at Hyatt Regency Hotel in the capital.
The festival, titled “My City, My Studio/My City, My Life”, is hosting around 70 artists from about 25 countries. Their works will be exhibited concurrently in eight venues around the city – Tangalwood, Nepal Tourism Board and Newa Chen Art Gallery, Patan Museum, Nepal Arts Council, Tara Gaon Museum, and Siddhartha Art Gallery – over the course of 17 days.
“The theme of the Triennale will be a catalyst for a contemporary reflection on the relationship between art, the city and its heritage. The exhibition is dedicated to the people who lost their lives in the earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015,” the organizers said.
The festival is being curated by Philippe Van Cauteren, who is the director of co-organisers SMAK.
This is the third edition of the festival. It was first held in 2009, when it was known as Kathmandu International Arts Festival.
The exhibition takes place from March 24 to April 9. In addition to the central exhibition, KT 2017 is hosting Curated Showcases or independend exhibitions by institutional and individual partners from Qatar, Bangladesh, UK, Finland, Poland, and Australia. The programme includes series of pre-event workshops, master-classes, and others means of educational outreach.