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Gwangju, Korea, Asia

Overview Prior to the hosting of the Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988, Korea was eager to be part of the international circuit. Gwangju (Kwangju), where civic demonstrations were brutally suppressed by military forces in 1980, is sometimes called "the shrine of Korean democracy" because of this incident, which is known today as the Gwangju Massacre. In organising an international art event in Gwangju, the Korean government aims to demonstrate to the people its courage to move on from its past.

Gwangju Biennale is known for its sheer scale, showcasing many artists and artworks, assisted by its large budget. With an average budget of over $US12 million, no other biennale is comparable to it except Documenta.

Gwangju Biennale was one of the first contemporary art exhibitions with an international vision in Asia, bringing pre-eminent curators and major artists to Asia. The 1995 Gwangju Biennale (formerly Kwangju) was greeted as a seminal event, winning applause from the local general public as well as the art world abroad. In 2004, the Gwangju Biennale was unveiled by Korean President Roh Moo-hyun to mark its 10 anniversary.
Organiser(s) Gwangju Biennale Foundation
Awards / PrizesAwards given
Year Founded1995
Edition(s)1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012
Website http://gwangju-biennale.org/eng/index.asp

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