The Pavilion Project Introduction

Established in 1995, Gwangju Biennale served a bridge between Korea and the world and led the flow of contemporary art. As one of the most important institutions of the global art world, Gwangju Biennale Foundation has introduced the Pavilion Project in 2018 to expand and connect the Korean and international network of art. When Gwangju Biennale main exhibition creates the discourse of contemporary art, the Pavilion Project serves as a platform to expand the discourse. Through the Pavilion Project, Gwangju Biennale gathers various art and cultural institutions from all around the world to Gwangju to promote discussions of contemporary art.

Concurrent with Gwangju Biennale main exhibition, the Pavilion Project is held in art and cultural institutions in Gwangju. Curated by the internationally renowned curators and artists, the Pavilion Project is an independent project yet organically connected with the Gwangju Biennale main exhibition. Each Pavilion discovers historical sites of Gwangju with original perspectives, discovers young artists of Gwangju and Korea, and attracts attention of the international art scene by introducing diverse art and cultural institutions around the globe. The Pavilion Project of Gwangju Biennale functions as a forum for cultural exchange and promotion of the participating countries and institutions.

In 12th Gwangju Biennale Pavilion Project in 2018, three institutions – Palais de Tokyo from France, Helsinki International Artist Programme from Finland, and Philippines Contemporary Art Network from Philippines – have participated. In 13th Gwangju Biennale Pavilion Project, Kunsthaus Pasquart from Switzerland and Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab are participating.