The Korean Pavilion, VENICE BIENNALE

The Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia in Italian)

  • Started in 1895 as the International Art Exhibition of the City of Venice (I Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte della Città di Venezia in Italian), art exhibitions are held in odd-numbered years and architecture exhibitions are held in even-numbered years.
  • The art exhibition is one of the oldest and most influential international art exhibitions in the world.
  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Two main types of exhibitions
    Central Pavilion
    A themed exhibition of artists from across the world curated by the Biennale's director
    National pavilions
    An exhibition curated by a domestically-selected commissioner
  • Prizes : Golden Lion (for Best National Participation, Best Artist, and Lifetime Achievement ), Silver Lion, special mentions

The Venice Biennale Korean Pavilion Visit the website

From 1986 Korea participated in the biennale without a national pavilion until Korea’s was built in 1995 as the 26th national pavilion. Since then it has been serving as a platform to introduce Korean modern and contemporary art and architecture to international audiences.

Nam June Paik participated in the 1993 Venice Biennale as an artist of the German Pavilion, which received a Gold Lion that year. After that success, architect Kim Seok-cheol and Nam June Paik made efforts to build a national pavilion for Korea, which included persuading the Mayor of Venice by suggesting the possibility of holding an exhibition of two Koreas.

  • Location: Giardini di Castello, Venice, Italy
  • Gross floor area: 242.6㎡
  • Floor: One floor with three halls
  • Floor area: 219.7㎡
  • Structure: Steel-frame

Key acheivements

  • Jheon Soocheon in 1995, Ik-Joong Kang in 1997, and Lee Bul in 1999 awarded special mentions.
  • The exhibition Crow's Eye View: The Korean Peninsula, curated by Cho Minsuk for the Korean Pavilion at 2014 Venice Biennale for Architecture, received the Golden Lion out of 65 national pavilions.
  • Im Heung-soon’s Factory Complex (2014) received the Silver Lion at the 2015 Venice Biennale, the highest award ever received by a South Korean artist.