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[Press Release] Busan Biennale 2016 started under the theme Hybridizing Earth, Discussing Multitude
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Busan Biennale 2016 started under the theme

Hybridizing Earth, Discussing Multitude

- 316 artworks by 121 Artists/teams from 23 countries-


[September 20th, 2016] The Busan Biennale 2016 is being held for eighty nine days from September 3 to November 30 at the Busan Museum of Art and the F1963 (KISWIRE Suyeong factory) under the theme Hybridizing Earth, Discussing Multitude.

Busan Biennale 2016 Consisting of Three Projects

The Busan Biennale 2016 is composed of exhibitions (Project 1 and Project 2) and various cultural art programs (Project 3). Through this, it escapes from the existing concept of an exhibition being divided into a main exhibition and a special exhibition. In this exhibition, exhibitions and programs are blended together under one theme called Hybridizing Earth, Discussing Multitude. The exhibitions are divided into Project 1 which deals with avant-garde art of China, Japan and Korea before the 1990s and Project 2 which deals with the global Biennale system that has emerged since the 1990s. Project 3 is composed of academic programs and seminars which intensively examine the relationship between these two as artists and scholars of various religions, races and nationalities are gathered together.

Implementing an In-Depth Exhibition through the Organization of Curators

The Busan Biennale 2016 will be preparing the exhibition by selecting professional curators from China, Japan and Korea led by Artistic Director YUN Cheagab. Five Curators from three countries (GUO Xiaoyan from China, SAWARAGI Noi, TATEHATA Akira and UEDA Yuzo from J-team of Japan, and KIM Chan-Dong of Korea) intensively showcases the contemporary experimental art emerging from each country in Project 1 of Busan Biennale 2016.

The Largest Busan Biennale Ever Using the Entire Area of F1963 (KISWIRE Suyeong Factory)

Project 2 of Busan Biennale 2016 is being held at F1963 (KISWIRE Suyeong Factory) through the full support of KISWIRE. This year, the entire area, which is about 9,900m2, is utilized contrary to the fact that a part of entire area was used as the exhibition site for the special exhibition of Busan Biennale 2014. The F1963 area, where an architect named Cho Byung Soo is in charge of remodeling, will be reborn as a new complex cultural space as it cherishes the original appearance of the factory. The original appearance of the factory remains untouched and is expected to become a space to show the essence of Hybridizing Earth, Discussing Multitude, the theme of Busan Biennale 2016. The square located at the center of the exhibition hall plays a role of a public sphere where academic events and performances are being held.


Project 1, an/other avant-garde china-japan-korea to Leave Significance in the Historical Aspects of Contemporary Art

Project 1 of Busan Biennale 2016 has great significance in the historical aspects of contemporary art from the fact that it is the first exhibition to examine the avant-garde contemporary art of China, Japan and Korea. Project 1 to be held at the Busan Museum of Art under the theme of an/other avant-garde china-japan-korea intends to ruminate on the experimental art of the three Asian countries that has been forgotten and provide a balanced perspective on the worlds history of contemporary art. China deals with the times of resistance and conflict starting with the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution up to the Beijing Spring and Tiananmen Square Incident from 1976 to 1995 while Japan deals with avant-garde art such as Gutai Group, Mono-ha and Superflat from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima until the end of the 1980s. In the case of Korea, it deals with the fields of Koreas contemporary art, that had been overshadowed by Dansaekhwa (Korean monochrome painting) and Minjung Misul (Peoples art), such as conceptual art, happenings, and media among the experimental art from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Various Programs Operated with the Exhibitions

At Busan Biennale 2016, various cultural art programs (Project 3) are planned to be held together along with the exhibitions to make the event even more abundant. Project 3 has enhanced the atmosphere for the opening of Busan Biennale 2016 by having a warming-up party for two days on August 17th and August 27th while various programs such as international academic programs, education programs, channel B, and others are planned during the exhibition period to express the exhibition theme through various perspectives and genres. Project 3 maintains a balance with the exhibitions and present academic discourse as a mediator to connect Project 1 and Project 2.


The Realization of the Exhibition Based on an Online Platform in Collaboration with Google

The Busan Biennale 2016 is in collaboration with the Google Cultural Institute so as to allow everyone around the world to appreciate the artworks on display at the biennale online. The Google Cultural Institute is a non-profit online exhibit site launched by Google that enables anyone across the globe to appreciate cultural heritage such as cultural properties, documentaries, and historic sites. It also works to preserve them through partnerships with 1,200 cultural and artistic institutions from 70 countries around the world. The site features a wide variety of works with cultural and artistic value including more than 200,000 works of contemporary art and over 6 million artworks, photographs, videos, and manuscripts. The biennale makes its exhibits available and accessible to everyone around the world via Google's website and app in collaboration with the company. Those interested may search for artworks by year and color and appreciate them while guided by audio descriptions. Even after the biennale reaches its conclusion, Discussing Multitude will still be able to unfurl in your hands through an exhibition based on an online platform that is open to the public across the world.


The progress in and process of the Busan Biennale 2016 is being consistently posted on the Busan Biennale official website. (