Kathmandu Triennale 2077 has been bigger and more ambitious than ever before with five simultaneous venues with their own themes and art style to present to anyone interested in art
Kathmandu Triennale 2077 has been the fourth iteration of the biggest art festival ever to be conducted in Nepal every 3 years. With the first one held in 2008, Kathmandu Triennale has become a significant art event with over 100+ artists from all over the world exhibiting their unique artwork and pieces and other works.
Kathmandu Triennale was supposed to be held in 2020. But due to the unexpected closing of international travel and restrictions all over the world, the event was delayed to Feb 11 2022. But due to renewed resurgence of the Omicron variant, the event was again delayed to March 1. This iteration of the event has been bigger and bolder than ever before led by Artistic Director Cosmin Costinas and Co-Curators Sheelasha Rajbhandari and Hit Man Gurung. They have brought hundreds of artists from every corner of the world and will display curated public programmes including performances, workshops, lectures and opening symposiums.
Kathmandu Triennale 2077 is being held in five locations each hosting its themes and own types of unique arts. These locations are the Patan Museum, a UNESCO world heritage site and former royal residence of the Malla dynasty; the 18th-century Bahadur Shah Baithak school; Nepal Art Council; the recently restored Taragaon Museum, renowned as one of Nepal's first modernist buildings; and Siddhartha Art Gallery. Each of the themes has also integrated the historical significance and context of the spaces and the locations where the works of art are being hosted in.
But the main theme that connects all of the venues are is the shift from the Eurocentric nature of discussion in art and decolonize the references and art they display in this event. A major part of this shift was the rebranding of the whole event from 'Kathmandu Triennale 2020' to 'Kathmandu Triennale 2077' where they changed their date from Gregorian Calendar to Nepal Bikram Sambat to show this change.
While the physical event will only take place next month, to get more information and to get a sneak peek at some of the 300+ pieces that are going to be shown in the five locations of Kathmandu Triennale 2077, they are going live on Facebook on Feb 19 and Feb 26.