Busan Biennale 2012

Garden of Learning

Busan Biennale 2012 proposed a theme of 'Garden of Learning' and exhibited Sep. 22 to Nov. 24, 2012 at Busan Museum of Art, Busan Cultural Center, Busanjin Station, and Gwangalli Meworld. 'Garden of Learning' stems from a slow, largely improvised exhibition process involving around 80 people from Busan and wider korea, a comparatively small number of artists and the Artistic Director. Collaborating closely in a body called Learning Council, these people shared their doubts about the relevance of the Biennale-type exhibition, explored possibilities for reaching a wider community and learned about various artistic approaches to the realities that keep challenging us.


Garden of Learning


Sep. 22~Nov. 24, 2012(64 days)


Busan Museum of Art, Busan Cultural Center, Busanjin Station, Gwangalli Meworld, etc.

Artistic Director

Roger M. Buergel (Independent curator)


404 Artworks of 114 artists from 22 countries


Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Paradise Culture Foundation, The Japan Foundation, Mondrian Foundation, OCA, IFA, Institut Francais, bm:uk


Busan Metropolitan City, Busan Biennale Organizing Committee


▷Main Exhibition :Sep. 22~Nov. 24, 2012(64days), 200 artworks of 42 artists from 19 countries
▷Special Exhibition :Sep. 22~Nov. 24, 2012(64days), 204 artworks of 72 artists from 5 countries
▷Gallery Festival : Sep. 22~Oct. 6, 2012(46days), 64 artists from 19 sites
▷Urban Square : Pannel Discussion, Artist on Talks, Asian Biennale Forum, On-Street Project, etc.
▷Education Program : Digital Tour, Education Materials, Lectures
▷Participation Program : Conversation Program, Student Program, Invitation Program