Introduction

Summary

금강자연미술비엔날레

GEUMGANG NATURE ART BIENNALE

The Geumgang Nature Art Biennale is an international Nature Art exhibition planned by Yatoo, the Korean Nature Artists' Association firstly established in 1981. Yatoo spreads Nature Art around Gongju in Chungcheongnam-do province. Based on Yatoo’s experience of organizing and hosting international nature art events since the early 1990s, the first Biennale was held in 2004, supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Chungcheongnam-do and Gongju City. Throughout three weeks the artists from all over the world live together and create their artworks. There are introductive sessions for nature art projects around the world, International Nature Art Seminar and other programs that children and citizens can participate during the biennale. The artworks of the artists are exhibited at Yeonmisan Nature Art Park, Geumgang Ssangshin Park and the visitors can observe how they interact with the natural context.


Yatoo Yatoo is the name of the Korean Nature Artists’ Association that studies Nature Art. The meaning of the word Yatoo is to ‘throw in the field’; the word ‘野(Ya)’ means the field or nature, the word ‘投(Too)’ means to throw, or to express.



Nature Art Nature Art is pursued by Yatoo since the early 1980s. Nature Art can be expressed by installation works to simple compositions created on the natural context. Through nature art, nature is not merely the target of expression but the artistic medium, reminding that the Korean people have always lived in harmony with nature. Nowadays Yatoo’s practice follows the expressional methods of contemporary art.


Nature Art Park 
The Nature Art Park is an alternative kind of sculpture park, where specifically Yatoo’s art is practiced. It is completely created by the Geumgang Nature Art Biennale. The lifecycle of the artworks created and installed in the park is constantly changed by the effects of nature and the passage of time.