First World Biennial Forum 2012: What to expect

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.

Photo of the signing of the memorandum of understanding between Marieke van Hal, Director Biennial Foundation and Un-Tae Kang, Mayor of the Metropolitan City of Gwangju and Chairman of Gwangju Biennale Foundation, Venice, Italy. Image courtesy Gwangju Biennale Foundation.

Photo of the signing of the memorandum of understanding between Marieke van Hal, Director Biennial Foundation, and Un-Tae Kang, Mayor of the Metropolitan City of Gwangju and Chairman of Gwangju Biennale Foundation, Venice, Italy. Image courtesy Gwangju Biennale Foundation.

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.

Inaugural World Biennial Forum logo. Image courtesy World Biennial Forum.

Inaugural World Biennial Forum logo. Image courtesy World Biennial Forum.

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”.

Photo of the Gwangju Biennale in Gwangju, South Korea. Image courtesy Gwangju Biennale.

Photo of the Gwangju Biennale in Gwangju, South Korea. Image courtesy Gwangju Biennale.

In Asia, the number of art biennials continues to rise. Since 2010, at least six* different events have emerged in the region.

*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.

 LS/KN/HH

Related Topics: curatorial practice, biennales and biennials, art foundations, Korean art happenings

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