What is a Biennial?
Biennial is the term used to describe an art exhibit displayed every two years. The participants are international, within a large scale event. The first was the 1895 Venice Biennale, held in a public park in the Giardini. The event now houses thirty permanent pavilions.
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Contemporary art from India dates from 1985 to the present. In India, this period is called the post-liberalization era, and includes artists who feel the freedom to work independent of traditional Hindu or social traditions for artworks, and use distinctly Indian materials and objects.
In 1981 Patti Aster opened the first art gallery in East Village. She helped launch the careers of several various artists and musicians. It all started out as a small gallery, but began to gain popularity and pop up more frequently, and eventually making East Village the starting point for other art movements such as Neo-Expressionism and Street Art. The Gallery closed in 1985 due to loss of interest.