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2,000 craft art pieces from 36 countries displayed at 11th Cheongju Craft Biennale Updated: 2019-11-07 07:12:29 KST

Time now for our "Life & Info" segmentwhere we focus on information useful for your everyday life.
It's Thursday so we are going to turn our focus to culture.
To introduce some cultural events for us to check out, we have our Lee Min-sun in the studio.
Min-sun, what do you have for us today?

Hi Mark,
One of the largest international events for craft art is being held in South Korea's central city Cheongju in Chungcheongbuk-do Province.
The 11th Cheongju Craft Biennale openned on October 8th and runs through November 17th.

It's the first international craft festival solely devoted to craft arts and a place for leading and emerging craft artists to show off the traditional beauty and contemporary value of craft arts.
Five main exhibitions and three special exhibitions are being held at several venues across the city displaying some 2,000 pieces of craft art by 1,200 artists from 36 countries.
Culture Factory C is the main venue. It used to be a tobacco factory but it has been turned into a cultural facility where artists from around the world can share their work.
Exhibitions display items from metal, ceramic, wood, textile and glass and showcases the diversity and artistic efforts to connect traditional values with the practical values of modern times.
Let's hear from the director.

"Our biennale shows new and experimental value. It's more than just making and presenting good artworks so I created exhibition space that's comfortable for all. I wanted to present not only traditional crafts but also various aspects of craft art from the past, present and future."

There were some nice pieces on the video you got for us, but how does it show the future and the past of craft arts?

Craft art started with making objects that are useful in our daily lives. So every craft had a specific use and purpose.
But at the biennale, artists extended the concept of craft and even converged with various genres of art. This giant teacup and teapot installation art is created by a Nigerian artist who used over 10,000 ceramic teacups.
The use of teacups is the past and the present and the way it's displayed shows the future and potential of craft arts.
Representing this concept is this year's theme which is "Dreaming of Crafts of the Future: Mongyudowon Unfolds." Mongyudowondo means the Dream Journey to the Immortal Peach Orchard in Korea and is the title of one of the greatest paintings created by Ahn Gyeon in 1447, during the Joseon Dynasty.

Are there any specific parts of the exhibition that you would personally recommend?

Along with the main exhibitions, 3 special exhibitions feature 271 crafts by 106 artists from 13 countries: Denmark, Hungary, China and 10 ASEAN countries.

The ASEAN exhibition has been prepared to celebrate the 30th anniversary of building relations between South Korea and ASEAN countries. Crafts from 10 ASEAN countries show the unique culture of each of the countries yet display some common characteristics that exist across ASEAN culture. Visitors can walk around and look at craft arts that represent these countries in one place.

"As a local resident, it's great to have a cultural space that can host art exhibitions like this and we don't have to travel to other cities. I've come to this craft biennale every time and this year's event gave me a nice surprise and good experience. I'm very satisfied."

On the weekend, visitors can also participate in Art Bridge program that connects 7 art museums and galleries in Cheongju. Those with tickets to the biennale can participate in the tour bus program that runs free of charge.
Those who want take some craft home with them can check out Cheongju Craft Fair taking place at the main venue. It's a global craft marketplace with some 150 participating artists and shops. Visitors can purchase small items or make their own craft art at the experience space. Tickets are quite reasonably priced at 12,000 won or about 10 U.S. dollars. There are still more than a week left so it's worth checking out.

That sounds interesting. Thanks for introducing it to us, Min-sun. Now let's take a quick look at some cultural events coming up in Korea.
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