Busan Biennale 2020 calls for Artistic Director

16 May 2019

Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, TRANSmutation, installation view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Busan. Courtesy of Busan Biennale.

Open Call for the Artistic Director of Busan Biennale 2020

  • open call: 15 May ~ 3 June, 2019 (20days)
  • application deadline: 3 June, 2019 (Korean standard time)
  • how to apply: via email(exhibition@busanbiennale.org)

Position : Artistic Director of Busan Biennale 2020

Contract Period : the date of signing the contract ~ December, 2020

Exhibition Period : September ~ November, 2020 (approx.)


  • Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Busan Biennale, the applicants shall have the capability and will to realize the exhibition with identities, histories, cultures and the future of Busan Biennale as well as Busan Metropolitan City
  • The applicants shall have excellent communication skills and in-depth knowledge of contemporary art to work with artists and other related professionals
  • The applicants shall have a good understanding of Biennale system and have experience in exhibitions directing Biennale and/or equivalent careers in large-scale international exhibitions
  • The applicants shall contribute to international networking of Busan Biennale and so on

Responsibilities (more details to be followed on the job description of the contract)

  • Curate the exhibition and related events/programs of the Busan Biennale 2020
  • Select the artists and the works, compile budget
  • Acquire sponsorship, promote the exhibition and so on

Submission Requirements (please find the attachment)

  • Documents: 1) recently updated resume, 2) exhibition proposal (maximum 3 pages, without images)

The selected applicants shall submit further developed proposals (free format)

  • Please submit the materials via e-mail at exhibition@busanbiennale.org

Application Process and Timeline ※ The date is subject to change under certain circumstances

  1. Submit application (5. 15 ~ 6. 3, 2019. 18:00, UTC + 09:00 Korea Standard Time, for 20 days)
  2. Open a recommendation committee: review resumes and exhibition proposals (approx. 6. 14, 2019)
  3. Announce the selected candidates for interview (approx. 6. 17, 2019)
  4. Submit the 2nd proposal (approx. 6. 29, 2019, 18:00)
  5. Open a selection committee: applicants present the 2nd proposals and take in-person interviews (approx. 7. 2 ~ 7. 5, 2019)

Please note that the selected applicants are required to take in-person interview in Busan on the date designated by the Committee.

  1. Announce the final appointment (approx. July 2019)


If you have any further inquiries, please visit our website (busanbiennale.org) or contact the exhibition team of Busan Biennale Organizing Committee by e-mail at exhibition@busanbiennale.org or by phone at +82-51-503-6572.