Three biennial authorities have teamed up to create a conference for the world’s art biennial organisers and funders.
With around 150 art biennials taking place around the world in 2012, the Biennial Foundation has joined forces with the Gwangju Biennale Foundation and IFA Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen to create the first World Biennial Forum in South Korea, commencing in October 2013 with a particular focus on Asia.
The World Biennial Forum (WBF) aims to give curators, exhibition organisers and logistical coordinators from all over the world an opportunity to unite and discuss industry practices. The forum will offer roundtables, workshops and lectures for both biennial professionals and funders. Participants will be encouraged to discuss prior successes and failures and map out goals for future biennials within a global context.
As noted by the Biennial Foundation, a recognised international not-for-profit organisation that promotes research and collaboration within the international art biennial community,
Shaped especially for biennial organisations and their collaborators, this large-scale recurring forum enables biennial practitioners to exchange ideas and experiences about common practices, problems and expertise, and to discuss the foremost concerns in the arena. The forum is always realised in collaboration with a biennial or an art institution.
The inaugural World Biennial Forum will coincide with the Gwangju Biennale, Asia’s most long-standing biennial and an art event that is well-regarded internationally. The press release for the Forum stated that “the hosting of the first edition of the WBF reflects Gwangju Biennale Foundation‘s ongoing pro-active, innovative and discourse-stimulating role”.
In Asia, the number of art biennials continues to rise. Since 2010, at least six* different events have emerged in the region.
- Nanjing Biennale, hosted in China, inaugurated in 2010
- Western China International Art Biennale, hosted in China, inaugurated in 2010
- Aichi Triennale, hosted in Japan, inaugurated in 2010
- CAFAM China, hosted in China, inaugurated in 2011
- Kochi-Muziris Biennale, hosted in India, inaugurated in 2012
- Tbilisi Triennial, hosted in Georgia, inaugurated in 2012
*Leave a comment below if you know of another art biennial founded in the Asian region within the past two years that can be added to this list.
Click here for a list of the major art events held in Asia, regularly updated by the Art Radar team. The page also includes major art fairs and auctions held within the region.
- Gwangju Biennale 2012: Curatorial genius or chaos? – August 2012 – a close look at the Biennale’s multi-dimensional curatorial approach
- Biennale of Sydney 2012: Chinese artist Ji Yunfei on The Three Georges Dam Migration – August 2012 – Ji focuses on global relations in his art
- South and Southeast Asian start for ambitious Guggenheim UBS Map Initiative – April 2012 – with a focus on South and Southeast Asia, the Guggenheim aims to promote art cross-culturally
- Anselm Franke to curate “global systemic crisis” themed Taipei Biennial 2012 – November 2011 – the Biennial choses five artists to comment on global systemic crisis
- Today’s societal image obsession explored in “10000 Lives”, Gwangju Biennale – August 2010 – exhibit at eighth edition explores 21st century focus on images in art and journalism
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