Biennial Foundation

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Organisation: Gwangju Biennale Foundation
Year founded: 1995

Founded in 1995 in memory of spirits of civil uprising of the 1980 repression of the Gwangju Democratization Movement, the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea is Asia's oldest biennial of contemporary art.

The Gwangju Biennale shows contemporary art under a theme along with special guest exhibitions and various performances.

Under the helm of previous curators that include Kerry Brougher, Sukwon Chang, Okwui Enwezor, Charles Esche, Massimiliano Gioni, Hou Hanru, Honghee Kim, Yongwoo Lee, Youngchul Lee, Kwangsoo Oh, Wan-kyung Sung, and Harald Szeemann, the Gwangju Biennale has established itself as a highlight of the international contemporary art biennial circuit.

Centered around the Biennale Hall in Gwangju’s Jungoui Park, the Gwangju Biennale has elevated the city of 1.4 million to become a cultural hub of East Asia and reflects the growing interest in Asian art, culture and Asia’s new cities and culture trends.

Previous editions of Biennales went under the titles Beyond the borders (1995), Unmapping the Earth (1997), Man+Space (2000), Pause (2002), A Grain of Dust, A Drop of Water (2004), Fever Variations (2006), Annual Report: A year in Exhibitions (2008), 10000 Lives (2010), and ROUNDTABLE (2012).