press release

Busan Sculpture Project
27.05.06 - 31.08.06 Geumgang Park
Kurator: Tae-ho Lee

Sea Art Festival
16.09.06 - 10.07.06 Haeundae Beach

Busan Biennale 2006 / Contemporary Art Exhibition
16.09.06 - 25.11.06 Busan Museum of Modern Art, Haeundae Beach, Busan Yachting Center and other locations
Kurator: Manu D. Park

Humanity’s brutal destruction of the environment has put our planet’s ecosystem in jeopardy not only for human beings but also for all living creatures. As a result, the discussion of environmental issues can no longer be restricted to a select group of environmental specialists, but must become the responsibility of all human beings. Caring for, and protecting our ecosystem is a challenge for each and every one of us.

For this reason, the Busan Sculpture Project - a special exhibition of the Busan Biennale 2006 – has made “Homage to the Earth” its theme. Among other things, the exhibit’s goal is to raise awareness of our natural environment, the broader eco-system and our role within it, as well as to encourage all human beings to take the appropriate measures to appreciate and care for the world around us.

“Homage to the Earth” will showcase 20 artists from 12 countries. Through their art, each artist will focus on the importance of the natural environment, highlighting the message of becoming responsible guardians of the Planet Earth. To facilitate this theme, and stress our relationship with the natural world, the exhibition will be composed of site-specific earth artworks located throughout the APEC Naru Park along the Suyoung River.

Moreover, to maximize viewer interest, the artworks will be dynamically displayed and visual overlapping will be minimized. Some of the exhibits will be set underground, or arranged in a line to represent the interconnectedness of all human beings with the earth. This approach promises to generate a novel experience for viewers – one that will result in lots of fun, while serving as a continuous reminder of our natural connection with the earth around us.

Artists/Artworks Leonard Hunter (US)/Homage I, Li Hui (China)/The Bridge, Micha Ullman (Israel)/Compass, Girolamo Ciulla (Italy)/The Origin of Species, Agnes Arellano (Phil.)/Haliya(Moon Goddess), Kan Yasuda(Japan)/The Quiet River, N.N.Rimzon (India)/House Bed, Lu Pinchang (China)/Blue Dream, Thanomchit Chumwong (Thailand)/Modern Life, Miguel Isla (Spain)/Embracing the Earth II, Anke Mellin (Germany)/A House for the Sky, Richard Harris (UK)/Bright ground-Hollow earth, Werner Porkorny (Germany)/House, house, broken through, Sung-Kyun Baek (ROK)/Ancient Times, Sung-Myung Chun (ROK)/The Wind is with You, Joo-Man Cha (ROK)/The expanded residential space, Sang-Wook Oh (ROK)/Mother of the Earth, Kwang-Woo Kim (ROK)/The Breathing Earth, Soo-Mo Chung·Ha-Eung Chung·Song Feel (ROK)/To lie, Byoung-Tak Moon·Bong-gi Park·Shi-Hyoung Ahn (ROK)/A Double Feature

Busan Biennale 2006 16 Sept. – 25 Nov. 2006 / Busan Museum of Modern Art, Haeundae Beach, Busan Yachting Center and other locations

The Busan Biennale began as the Busan International Contemporary Art Festival (PICAF) in 1998. An international contemporary art event, the Busan Biennale comprises the Contemporary Art Exhibition, the Sea Art Festival, and the Busan Sculpture Project which is a special exhibition of the Busan Biennale. Since the festival was renamed the ‘Busan Biennale’ in 2001, the event has presented today’s and tomorrow’s vision of global contemporary art to more than one-million viewers in 2002 and 2004 each year. As a result, Busan Biennale’s status as one of the four major, world-class biennales in Asia has been firmly established.

Starting on Sept. 16, 2006, ‘Busan Biennale 2006’ will display 280 artworks from 40 countries. Based on the theme ‘Everywhere,’ the exhibits will be shown around the Busan Museum of Modern Art, Haeundae Beach, the Busan Yachting Center, as well as other venues. In this open-air and natural setting, exhibits will be free of any pre-determined, stereotypical frames. This will let the artworks speak to viewers in rich and multiple ways. Of course, the success of this event will result not only from the exciting exhibition of artworks, but will also come from the participation of the curators and artists, and most of all, the visitors. As ‘Everywhere’ signifies, the festival is designed to let everyone share in this exciting experience - wherever or whoever he/she is.