I am Yunchurl Jeon, the chairman of Gwangju Biennale Foundation.
With your extensive support and insightful guide, over the last 20 years since it opened first, the Gwangju Biennale has been strengthening its presence as one of the most significant art fair in Asia and at the same time, one of the most prestigious biennales in the world.
The Venice Biennale that began in 1895 is the major international contemporary art fair, dubbed "the Olympic of art" and "the mother of biennale" and has one of the most extensive history and prestige. In fact the name, biennale itself, meaning an event occurring every two year was originated from the Venice Biennale. It is not an overstatement that the Gwangju Biennale since 1994 when it first opened, has been growing to earn the reputation as one of the most important biennales in the world, standing side by side with the Venice Biennale.
Since art began to declare the commitment of artists to pure creativity, breaking from the long-lasting connection with the activities of incantation, ornamentation and worship, it has been taking advantage of the space created by the public and environments of the modern history.
The Gwangju Biennale has been continuously striving for creative disruption and new start in its pursuit of the desirable way of communication with today’s history. In the process, it is renewing its presence and strengthening the foundation for the contemporary art of Korea and ultimately for the entire world through the biennales introducing diverse genres of art from traditional art, installation, performance, new media, movies, music, play and architecture.
The Gwangju Biennale will stay committed to promoting cultural communication and peace of the globe through exchange in art and culture by further developing the art fair to make contribution to prosperity of democratic sprit and artistic tradition of citizens of Gwangju while developing international aspects of it.