The first Biennale in India was held at Kochi which is the largest International contemporary art that took place in India. The Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012 began on 12 December 2012 (12/12/12) and was held for 2 months. Around 94 artists from across the globe participated in this Biennale. The artists visited Kochi to conduct research, selected their space and developed their projects. The Biennale was allowed to use mixed-use space by the local government, business and private land owners. The main venue was the Kochi Durbar hall and David Hall in Fort Kochi. Some other venues include galleries, halls, site specific installations at public places, heritage buildings and disused structures. The projects were exhibited in 60 spaces around 14 sites in Kochi.
The artists who participated in the Biennale are from countries like Australia, Afghanistan, UAE, South Korea, UK etc and also from different parts of India. They presented their artworks in different mediums which include film, installation, painting, sculpture, performance art etc. The main aim of the Biennale was to establish a platform for contemporary arts in India. As a support to this aim, the government as well as the land owners has allowed to use the venues free of cost. Along with the exhibition there were seminars, talks, screenings, music, workshops and various educational activities for children.