About the Korean Pavilion
at the Venice Biennale and ARKO (Arts Council Korea)
The Republic of Korea’s pavilion at the Venice Biennale is the 26th national pavilion in Giardini. The creation of the pavilion in 1996 signaled the start of Korean art’s emergence onto the international art scene. The one-storied pavilion with a floor area of 242.6㎥ has three exhibition halls; the Transparent Hall, Historical Hall, and Cylinder Hall. The Korean pavilion was in the spotlight from the first year of its opening as Jheon Soo-Cheon received an honorable mention at the 46th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale 1995 with two more consecutive special mentions to Ik-Joong Kang at the 47th International Art Exhibition in 1997, and Lee Bul at the 48th Exhibition in 1999. Dedicated and persistent efforts to make Korean arts and architecture known on the international scene came to fruition as the Korean pavilion won the prestigious Golden Lion award for best national participation at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in 2014. Arts Council Korea (ARKO), the commissioner of the Korean pavilion, has been responsible for the operation of the pavilion since its opening. ARKO, Korea’s representative organization supporting arts and culture, was established to realize the vision of helping everyone experience the joy of creation of art and enjoy the life to the fullest by supporting projects and activities for the promotion of culture and arts based on the belief that art has the power to transform human life. Arts Council Korea, under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, supports and advocates the creation and enjoyment of fine arts, funding 2,618 projects with a budget of 227.9 billion Korean won as of 2018.
Exhibition Venue
Korean Pavilion (Padiglione coreano)
  • Giardini della Biennale, Castello 1260 30122 Venezia Italia
Exhibition Period
May 11th – November 24th, 2019
Opening Hours
  • Closed on Mondays
  • except on May 13th, September 2nd and November 18th, 2019
Hyejin Jang (Deputy Curator)

International Media
Fiona Bae
Kangwoo Kenny Chun

National Media

Arts Council Korea
siren eun young jung, Hwayeon Nam, Jane Jin Kaisen
Hyunjin Kim
Deputy Curator
Hyejin Jang
Assistant Curator
Haena Noh
Managing Editor
Eunah Park
Construction Supervisor and Korean Pavilion Manager
Eun Jeong Kim
Technical Manager
Kyungho Kim
Architectural Consulting and Drawings
Rare Collective
Yunha Choi
Technical Support
TNL Dasanart Co., Ltd.
Graphic Design
Luigi Amato, Davide Giorgetta (Mousse)
Dongyoung Lee
Web Development
57STUDIO(Jaeyoung ahn, Jinhwon hong, Meejee lee, Yeonji jeoung)
Profile Photography
Exhibition Documentation
Kyungho Kim
Domestic Communications
Jina Jung, Jungmi Lee (o — un)
International Communications
Fiona Bae, Kangwoo Kenny Chun (fionabae)
Sponsorship Marketing
Party Organization
Arts Council Korea
Park Jong Kwan (Chairperson)
Jeong Jun Hwa
Hyo Eun Kim
Han Soo Kim
Sunki Baik
Main Sponsor
Hyundai Motor Company
Maeil Dairies Co., Ltd., Asiana Airlines, SBS Foundation, Harper’s Bazaar Korea, Danpal Korea, by edit., Kyu Sung Woo Architects, Danish Arts Foundation, Knud Hojgaards Fond, Yuna Yang Collection
Special thanks to
Min Jin Lee (author of the novel Pachinko) Daehyung Lee, Juyeon Kwon, Yunok Kim, Sekyung Cho, Sunhee Oh, Marie Martraire, Paz Guevara, John Tain, Jihyun Hong, Keeyoung Lee, Jaeseok Kim, Ji Hong Back, John Yoo, Lim Jooyeon, Byun Seoyoung, Kwon Hun-suh
Thanks to
Young-Jeong Park, Mi Jin Hwang, Danji Lee, Keunhye Lim, Eunha Lee, Hye Young Nam, Hyesoo Woo, Jenna Ku, Jin Sook Lee, Seohyun Kim, Suzy Park, Tae-Sang Cho, Yanghee Lee, Zoe Chun, Hyunjoon Jang, Nanyoung Kim, Bohyun Jang, Dongho Shin, Jaesang Lee, Sangbeom Jeon, Eunju Ahn, Jihyun Kim, Jaesook Lee, B.G. Muhn, Jeongwon Shim, Sanghoon Kim, Ilyon Woo, Okim Woo, Hanee Han
Main Sponsor