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Gwangju Biennale

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The Gwangju Biennale, which was founded in September 1995 in the city of Gwangju in South Korea, is Asia's first contemporary art biennale. Founded in memory of spirits of civil uprising of the 1980 repression of the Gwangju Democratization Movement, the Gwangju Biennale presents a global perspective on contemporary art.

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

Centered in Gwangju's 8,100 square meter Biennale Hall in Jungoui Park, the Gwangju Biennale's presence has elevated the city of 1.4 million to become a cultural hub of East Asia.

The Gwangju Biennale Foundation also hosts the Gwangju Design Biennale, which was founded in 2004. The Gwangju Biennale is co-hosted by the Gwangju Biennale Foundation and The Metropolitan City of Gwangju.


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The Gwangju Biennale Foundation
111 Biennale-ro, Buk-gu
Gwangju, 500-845
Republic of Korea
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Sunjung Kim

Previous editions of the Gwangju Biennale:

8th Gwangju Biennale
10,000 LIVES
3 September - 7 November 2010
Artistic direction: Massimiliano Gioni

7th Gwangju Biennale
On the Road / Position Papers / Insertions
5 September - 9 November 2008
Artistic direction: Okwui Enwezor
with Hyujin Kim and Ranjit Hoskote

6th Gwangju Biennale
Fever Variations
8 September - 11 November 2006
Artistic direction: Kim Hong-hee
with Wu Hung and Kim Sang-yun

5th Gwangju Biennale
A Grain of Dust A Drop of Water
10 September - 11 November 2004
Artistic direction: Yongwoo Lee
with Kerry Brougher and Sukwon Chang

4th Gwangju Biennale
29 March - 29 June 2002
Artistic direction: Wan-Kyung Sung, Charles Esche, Hou Hanru

3rd Gwangju Biennale
Man and Space
29 March - 7 June 2000
Artistic direction: Kwang-su Oh

2nd Gwangju Biennale
Unmapping the Earth
1 September - 27 November 1997
Artistic direction: Young-chul Lee

1st Gwangju Biennale
Beyond Borders
20 September - 20 November 1995
Artistic direction: Yongwoo Lee

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