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Old Factory Transforms into Art Space

14:57 September 07, 2016 replay time01:51

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The Busan Biennale, a high-end festival of artworks that takes place every two years, opened last week.

An exhibition place using a factory that closed down a long time ago is drawing much attention.

Kim Jae-hong has more.


Ink is being spewed out endlessly, and a pair of windshield wipers moves repeatedly to wipe it away.

This unique artwork is not located in an art gallery or an exhibition hall, but where a steel mill used to exist.

This is the main exhibition hall of the Busan Biennale, which opened on Sept. 3, along with the Busan Museum of Art.

The Sooyeong factory of Goryeo Steel was created in 1963 and produced wire ropes until 2008, when it was closed down.

While preserving the original look of the factory, it went through renovations to be reborn into Busan’s largest cultural complex.

Starting two years ago, when it was first used as a special exhibition hall of the Busan Biennale 2014, it has become an important part of the Biennale, along with the Busan Museum of Art.

<Yim Dong-rak / President of Organizing Committee of Busan Biennale> “Project 2 will be held in F1963 (Sooyeong factory), and Project 3 will be comprised of academic seminars, and training and cultural programs that connect Projects 1 and 2.”

In Project 2, held in the Sooyeong factory, works by 56 people from 23 countries will be displayed.

The organizing committee assigned curators for China, Japan and Korea to enable exhibitions with greater depth.

<Lee Joo-young / Geumjeong-gu, Busan> “This is my first time at a place with this many artworks as the Biennale. Seeing all these works seems to have inspired an interest in the arts in me.”

The Busan Biennale, with the theme of “Hybridizing Earth, Discussing Multitude,” will be held until Nov. 30.

Kim Jae-hong reporting for Yonhap News.

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