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South Korea’s Busan Biennale headed by Yun Cheagab

In South Korea, the 2016 International Busan Biennale at the Busan Museum of Art and F1963 (Kiswire Suyeong factory), from 3 September to 30 November, will be tackling the theme “Hybridizing Earth, Discussing Multitude”. Steered by Yun Cheagab (director of the How Art Museum in China), this international event will consist of two exhibitions: the first presents a selection of artists from the Chinese, Japanese and Korean avant-garde up to the 1990s; the second focuses on art emerging since the 1990s, with 193 works by 56 artists from 23...

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The “8th Climate” at the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea

Swedish curator Maria Lind and Korean curator Binna Choi are in charge of artistic direction at the 11th Gwangju Biennale, from 2 September to 6 November in South Korea. This Biennale will pay attention to the “8th climate”, a notion developed by Persian philosopher and mystic Sohravardi in the 12th century, and picked up on by French philosopher Henri Corbin in the 20th century. Unlike the seven earthly climates identified by Greek geographers, “the eighth climate is not based on a separation of matter and spirit, history and myth; rather, it is ontologically real and has concrete effects,” says a press release. The Biennale will be gathering 24 international artists: Ahmet Ö güt, Amalia Pica, Ane Hjort Guttu, Apolonija Šušteršič and Dari Bae, Bik van der Pol, Bernd Krauss, Céline Condorelli, Claire Barclay, Dora García, Fernando García-Dory, Gunilla Klingberg, Hu Yun, Jewyo Rhii with Jihyun Jung, Joungmin Yi, Julia Sarisetiati, Metahaven, Michael Beutler, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Siren Eun Young Jung, Søren Andreasen, Tommy Støckel, and Tyler...

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Artists for the Gwangju Biennale

The participants in the 11th Gwangju Biennale have been announced. The Korean biennale will be open from 2 September to 6 November 2016. Over 90 artists will be taking part in the event, namely Trevor Paglen, Emily Roysdon, Mika Tajima, Hito Steyerl, Agnieszka Polska, Anicka Yi, Raqs Media Collective and Ann Lislegaard. The Biennale’s general curatorship will be entrusted to Binna Choi, Margarida Mendes, Michelle Wong and Azar Mahmoudian so as to represent the diversity of Asian artistic...

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New space in Seoul for Baudoin Lebon

The Baudoin Lebon gallery is opening a new space in Seoul on 28 May. Called the Space Kaan Gallery, this new space is being set up in collaboration with Los Angeles-based Baik Art, Köln-based Choi & Lager Gallery and Beijing-based Gallery Su. Pending the inauguration of the new space, Baudoin Lebon will be taking part in Art Busan from 20 to 23 May, and will be presenting artists Kim Tschang-Yeul, Oh Se-Yeol, Chae Sung-Pil, Ko Young-Hoon, Shin Sung-Hi, Alain Clément, Michel Duport, Objectal and Vladimir Skoda. Art Busan Fair will also be holding a special exhibition to commemorate the 130th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Korea, with the aim of introducing French creation to the Korean public. There’s no doubt that Baudoin Lebon will be adding a new stone to this intercultural dialogue. The exhibition has been organised in partnership with the Busan Museum of Art where it will be visible until early...

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Criticisms target Gwangju Museum

On 15 May, a group from the Cultural Activists for Democracy carried out an operation against the Gwangju Museum of Art for showing works deemed “anti-democratic” by Thai artist Sutee Kunavichayanout. Over 200 activists signed an open letter addressed to the Gwangju Museum of Art about the political implications of an exhibition meant to highlight “Asian democracy, human rights and peace”. The controversy surrounds the presence of four works by artist Sutee Kunavichayanout in the exhibition “The Truth to Turn It Over”. Members of the Cultural Activists for Democracy denounce Sutee Kunavichayanout s involvement in the PDRC (People’s Democratic Reform Committee), led by a former member of the Suthep Thuagsuban government. A political party suspected of rigging Thailand’s 2014 elections. Exhibition curator Jong-young Lim has declared that he is shocked by this reaction, reminding that the exhibition was organised to pay homage to the 1980 Gwangju uprising in which young Koreans took up arms against peacekeepers when the latter fired on a young protester. The artist has also reacted to the criticisms: “I flatly deny both charges and would like to stress that my very active art/political activities in recent years was not in favour of the military but was in opposition to the abuse of parliamentary majority by the government of Yingluck Shinawatra. I and literally millions of other Thais exercised our democratic rights to take to the streets to protest against gross abuse of power by the...

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