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The Busan Biennale is a biannual international contemporary art show that integrated three different art events held in the city in 1998: the Busan Youth Biennale, the first biennale of Korea that was voluntarily organized by local artists in 1981; the Sea Art Festival, an environmental art festival launched in 1987 with the sea serving as a backdrop; and the Busan International Outdoor Sculpture Symposium that was first held in 1991. The biennale was previously called the Pusan International Contemporary Art Festival (PICAF) before it launched.

The biennale has its own unique attribute in that it was formed not out of any political logic or need but rather the pure force of local Busan artists’ will and their voluntary participation. Even to this day their interest in Busan's culture and its experimental nature has been the key foundation for shaping the biennale’s identity.

This biennale is the only one like it in the world that was established through an integration of three types of art events such as a Contemporary Art Exhibition, Sculpture Symposium, and Sea Art Festival. The Sculpture Symposium in particular was deemed to be a successful public art event, the results of which were installed throughout the city and dedicated to revitalizing cultural communication with citizens. The networks formed through the event have assumed a crucial role in introducing and expanding domestic art overseas and leading the development of local culture for globalized cultural communication. Founded 38 years ago, the biennale aims to popularize contemporary art and achieve art in everyday life by providing a platform for interchanging experimental contemporary art.


2018 Pictures for Busan(Green)

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관리자 2018-08-21 11:53

작가Fabian Marti
Fabian Marti
Pictures for Busan(Green), 2018(In collaboration with Truwant+Rodet)

Art&Nails, 2018(In collaboration with Truwant+Rodet and Eun Kyung Park)

Fabian MARTI in collaboration with TRUWANT + RODET and Eun Kyung PARK

Pictures for Busan(Green)

Art&Nails


For the Busan Biennale, Marti draws his interest in the overlapping of sculpture and functional design into a more dystopian, futurist register. In the former Bank of Korea building, Marti installs a space which simultaneously functions as a nail salon and an art gallery. Designed in partnership with two architects (Truwant + Rodet), this temporary salon is a platform for collaborative works between Marti and local nail artists. Indeed, nail polish is not only used on the visitors’ nails but also on canvasses—green monochromes— prepared by Marti for this occasion. The second work revisits photographs the artist has produced throughout his career. These images, which evoke a connection between duality, the esoteric and science-fiction, are presented not as individual works but as a single installation, with the structure supporting the images, also conceived by Truwant + Rodet, becoming as relevant as the images themselves.

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