Founded in 1995 for the purpose of promoting the city’s cultural traditions and socio-political identity in the global context through art and culture, the Gwangju Biennale is now preparing for its 6th edition as a leading contemporary art biennale in Asia. Exhibitions The First Chapter_Trace Root : Unfolding Asian Stories traces in diachronic fashion the root of Asian sprit running through contemporary art culture. By broadening the scope of Asian art beyond its traditional regional and temporal definitions, this exhibition intends to track the process of modernization and globalization and the influence of Asian philosophy within the world of art. The goal is to re-locate the position of Asia within the global context, while deconstructing perceived dichotomies between West and East. Composed of five sections tentatively entitled ‘Myth and Fantasy’, ‘Nature and Body’, ‘Trace of Mind’, ‘History and Memory’, and ‘Past in Present’, this exhibition will include some 50 international artists. The First Chapter_Trace Root strives to understand the historical stages of contemporary art and attempts to foretell its future prospects, thus illuminating the flow of exchanges and mutual influences between West and East. Curators Artistic Director Kim Hong-hee The First Chapter_Trace Root : Unfolding Asian Stories: Chief Curator Wu Hung. Curators: Binghui Huangfu and Shaheen Merali
Sept. 8 – Nov. 11 2006 - Jungoei Park, Gwangju City, Korea Sept. 7 Press Preview Sept. 8 Public Opening Sept. 9 Open Forum: World Biennales and Gwangju Biennale 2006* International Symposia The 6th Gwangju Biennale 2006: Asian Art Forum - Chonnam National Universtiy, Gwangju CAA Conference 2006: “Asia Effects in New Media” - Hynes Convention Center, Boston, USA Open Forum: World Biennales and Gwangju Biennale 2006 Gwangju Biennale Hall, Gwangju International Press Conferences Schedule: Yokohama, Japan, Gwangju-Singapore Biennales Joint Press Reception, ARCO, Madrid, Gwangju-Singapore Biennales Joint Press Reception, New York, USA, Gwangju-Singapore Biennales Joint Press Conference (supported by Samsung), On the occasion of Armory Show, Scope, DiVa, PULSE and Whitney Biennial, Berlin, Germany: The 6th Gwangju Biennale International Press Conference, On the occasion of the 4th Berlin Biennale The 6th Gwangju Biennale 2006 is cooperating with the Singapore Biennale 2006 for joint publicity.