Seung Woo Back
Mary Ellen Carroll
Kim Yong Ik
Nho Won Hee
Rho Jae Oon
Lidwien van de Ven
Garden of Learning, the main exhibition, is meant to look like a modest museum collection, and features around 41 participating artists. The decision to make a Biennale-type exhibition as a global museum collection was taken by the Learning Council (LC) as away of reinforcing the dignity of public institutions in the face of both market forces and populist demands. The special exhibition 'Outside of Garden' seeks to extend Garden of Learning beyond its museum premises by including spaces that resonate in Busan's historical memory.
Garden of Learning / Busan Biennale 2012 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 (LC), 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.
The main exhibition, also titled “Garden of Learning”, is being held at Busan Museum of Art. It is meant to look like a modest museum collection, and features around 41 participating artists. The decision to make a Biennale-type exhibition as a global museum collection was taken by the LC as away of reinforcing the dignity of public institutions in the face of both market forces and populist demands.
Garden of Learning is embedded in an educational program that is jointly conceived by the team. Mirroring the self-education processes that characterize LC meetings, this program tries to grasp and account for Busan’s many historical and contemporary layers. Questioning everyday matters, including topics such as cooking and schooling, the political is understood here as the normative way things are done.
The special exhibition is jointly organized by nine emerging curators under the title “Outside of Garden”. They seek to extend Garden of Learning beyond its museum premises by including spaces that resonate in Busan’s historical memory, including Busanjin Station, Busan Culture Center and Me World.
Biennale Urban Square is composed of smaller festivities and events where curators, artists, Learning Council members and general audiences meet in a causal way, enjoying the many niceties of Busan.
In addition, a Gallery Festival will be jointly celebrated by 19 art galleries in Busan.
Garden of Learning
curated by Roger M. Buergel
Venue: Busan Museum of Art
Period: Sept. 22 – Nov. 24. 2012
“Garden of Learning” starts with the relative ignorance of its Artistic Director. What do we wish to know about Korea and about the general audience’s many needs when it comes to Biennale-type exhibitions? Or rather, what do we wish to know about this in terms of an exhibition?
In order to answer these questions, Busan Biennale 2012 is mainly conceived by a Learning Council (an open forum of people from Busan and wider Korea, including artists and the Artistic Director). Over the months, members of this Learning Council have educated themselves: about Korea’s social and political texture; about artistic methodologies; and, yes, about aesthetic pedagogy. During this process, some artists have started collaborations with people in Busan (others preferred to stay on their own); an art class has been formed in which high-school students could address their concerns; and a group of people has conceived an alternative education program(alternative, that is, to the conventional docent tours).
Outside of Garden
curated by Yong Min Kim, Jeong Eun Kim, Ah Young Baek, Ji Min Song, Na Young Huh, Christina Choi, Ah Ram Kim, Hoon Suk Lee, Sun Jae Ham
Venues: Busan Cultural Center, Busanjin station, Gwangalli Meworld
The Biennale intends to help broaden the scope of activities offer young exhibition planners and artists in Korea by offering them an opportunity to participate in the Busan Biennale 2012. The Special Exhibition will be planned with the direction of the Biennale’s “GardenofLearning”, which will serve as a motivation for fresh learning for planners and artists.
Subject: Methods of Exhibition for the Busan Biennale 2012
Date and Venue: 10:00-12:00am, Sep. 24(Mon). 2012, Auditorium at the Busan Museum of Art
Participants: 2 from the Organizing Committee, 2 commentators, 2 artists and 2 members of the Learning Council
Artist on Talks
Contents : Introduction of the artworks, Q&A, and Reception
Date and Venue: 2:00-5:00pm, Sep. 24(Mon). 2012, Auditorium at the Busan Museum of Art
Participants: 4 artists participating in the Biennale
Date and Venue: 2:00-8:00pm, Oct. 6(Sat). 2012, Auditorium at the Busan Museum of Art
Participants: Ah Ram Kim, Yong Min Kim, Jeong Eun Kim, Ah Young Baek, Ji Min Song, Hoon Suk Lee, Christina Choi, Sun Jae HAM, Na Young Huh(9 curators for the Special Exhibition)
Order: Introduction of the Event→Introduction of the Exhibition→Recess→Q&A
Asia Biennale Forum
Date and Venue: 2:00-5:00pm, Oct. 13(Sat). 2012, Auditorium at the Busan Museum of Art
Participants: 5 persons (working-level representatives of 5 Biennales in Asia)
Busan Biennale, Shanghai Biennale, Yokohama Triennial, the Biennale of Sidney, Singapore Biennale
Art Educator Talks
Date and Venue: 2:00-4:00pm, Oct. 20(Sat). 2012, Auditorium at the Busan Museum of Art
Contents: Presentation of the Education Programs and Q&A
Lecturer: Educator of the Busan Biennale 2012 Education Programs
The Gallery Festival will be held during the Busan Biennale 2012 and is intended to amplify the mood of the Biennale and vitalize the art market.
Period: Sep. 22 – Nov. 22, 2012
Venue: Galleries throughout Busan (19 galleries in 6 districts)
Artwork: 409 works of art from 64 artists
Image: Ai Weiwei
For inquires contact:
Busan Biennale Organizing Committee
38, Busan Asiad Main Stadium, Worldcup St.
344 Yeonje-Gu, Busan, 611-809, Korea
T 82 51 503 6111
F 82 51 503 6584
Press opening: 21 September. Exhibition center 2 of the BEXCO
Opening ceremony: 22 September. Auditorium at the Busan Museum of Modern Art
Different venues - Busan