Shortcuts
> GWANGJU BIENNALE > Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

  • 11th
    관련 이미지
    Participating Countries
    : 10
    Artists
    : 10

    The 11th edition of Gwangju Biennale poses a profound question: “What is the essence of art in this age?“ Curated by the curatorial team consisting of the artistic director Maria Lind, curator Binna Choi, and assistant curators Azar Mahmoudian, Margarida Mendes and Michelle Wong, the 2016 Gwangju Biennale will direct its attention to artworks and projects while addressing the agency of art in terms of the question, “What does art do?” This year’s exhibit will place art center-stage with an emphasis on its projective and imaginative capacities, its connection with the future in midst of daily life and struggles for survival in the present, and how it lands in different contexts throughout society.   In collaboration with Mite Ugro, the local curatorial associate, GB11 organizes the monthly gatherings with various activities, screening, reading group, seminar with the participating artists. This year’s exhibition will maximize community participation and introduce art into the depths of our society. The Gwangju Biennale has been partnering with art galleries around the world known as the 'biennale fellows'. Through this, Gwangju will be a place to witness the lively, global cultural scene. Ultimately, the objective is for the local public to converge with the international world in order to unlock the infinite potential of art and imagination. With the Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall being one of the city's main locale, the Gwangju Biennale will encourage public participation across the city of Gwangju and beyond.

  • 10th
    관련 이미지
    Participating Countries
    : 39
    Artists
    : 105

    Duration of Event: September 5 ~ November 9, 2014 The 2014 Gwangju Biennale explores the process of dynamism and innovation through the theme of Burning Down the House, to examine the new aesthetic value and the discourses on Asianness. Burning Down the House looks at the resistance and challenge against established institutions, as well as creative destruction and new start, so that cultural diversity is expressed through traditional forms of art, installation art, performance, new media, movie, theater, music and architecture. The theme comes from the famous song title of a popular progressive group called Talking Heads from New York during the early 1980s, which has been borrowed because it suitably delivers the direction and purpose of the 2014 Gwangju Biennale. It is notable that large numbers of performances have been introduced in order to display the dynamism, including movement for transformation and reform, criticism against customs and institutions, political interventions and creative acts. In addition, about half of Asian artists attended reflecting the prestige of Gwangju Biennale, which has been exploring the Asian value and Asianness during the past twenty years as Asia’s largest biennale, aiming to deliver the discourses on art by including the Third World countries like South America rather than focusing on Europe.

  • 9th
    관련 이미지
    Participating Countries
    : 40
    Artists
    : 92

    Duration of Event: September 7 ~ November 11, 2012While it operates simultaneously on many levels, one thing is quite clear: ROUNDTABLE, the 9th Gwangju Biennale, is not about unanimity. It is instead an open-ended series of collaborations that require active participation and individual responsibility, resulting in a multiplicity of voice, as well as opportunities for cross-contamination.   Beyond metaphor, ROUNDTABLE simultaneously describes the working relationship of the 2012 Gwangju Biennale’s six Co-Artistic Directors (Nancy Adajania, Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Mami Kataoka, Sunjung Kim, Carol Yinghua Lu, and Alia Swastika), the conversational interaction of its six sub-themes, and its non-linear structure.

  • 8th
    관련 이미지
    Participating Countries
    : 143
    Artists
    : 249

    Duration of Event: September 3 ~ November 7, 2010Under Massimiliano Gioni’s direction 10,000 Lives was developed as a sprawling investigation of the relationships that bind people to images and images to people. With works by more than 100 artists, realized between 1901 and 2010, as well as several new commissions, the exhibition was configured as a temporary museum in which both artworks and cultural artifacts are brought together to compose an idiosyncratic catalogue of figures and icons, faces and masks, idols and dolls.   The exhibition title is borrowed from Maninbo (10,000 Lives), the 30-volume epic poem by Korean author Ko Un. Conceived while Ko was in prison for his participation in the 1980 South Korean democratization movement, Maninbo comprises over 4,000 portraits in words, describing every person Ko has ever met, including figures from history and literature.

  • 7th
    관련 이미지
    Participating Countries
    : 35
    Artists
    : 374

    Duration of Event: September 5 ~ November 9, 2008 The 7th Gwangju Biennale was comprised of a series of selected traveling exhibitions invited to use the biennale as a destination, a stop on the touring itinerary in the global exhibition network. By inviting exhibitions to the Biennale, the aim was not simply to make an exhibition about exhibitions or to debate the principles of curatorial culture, rather, exhibitions are understood here as fundamental e x p r e s s i o ns of cultural and intellectual practice, and as such have gone beyond being understood as a form of reflection or forum of debate for art. The programme was divided into three main strands: 'On the Road,'a collection of traveling exhibitions that were produced elsewhere in 2006/2007; 'Position Papers' involved curators in dialogue; and 'Insertions' featured works and events specially commissioned for Gwangju.   The Artistic Director was Okwui Enwezor, and the Co-Curators were Hyunjin Kim and Ranjit Hoskote.

스폰서