Congratulatory message to
Incheon Women Artists' Biennale

My heart congratulations on the opening of ‘2011 Incheon Women Artists' Biennale’ in this beautiful autumn season with sky embroidered in blue while fields and mountains tinged with thousands of varieties of color.

It was the Republic of Korea that did not lose hope and dream in the midst of heaps of ashes after the war in 1950. Such hope and dream enabled Korea, 60 years later, to grow into a great economic power that provides aid from the world's poorest country depending on foreign aids. And now we came to take pleasure in opening this festival receiving the world's renowned women artists by holding the world's first Incheon Women Artists' Biennale in Korea.

In reality, we have been running looking ahead only during that time. No time to throw side-glances at all. We did not give any attention to other people's observation. We have continued restless run for the goals that we pursue by ourselves, and it resulted in something left wanting on the other side.

Now it's time something should be changed though. The status of Korea in the international society is beyond our imagination. We produced a president of the world, we held the G20 Summit, and we succeeded in the bid to hold Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. Now it is time we should be equipped with our national class that befits those events.

In this sense, only the existence of Incheon Women Artists' Biennale itself must be a great assets for us. Especially the position of Biennale this year has been so incomparably levelled up in fact from the previous years as Jane Farver who is well reputed in the world took up the post of its artistic director.

It is my pleasure to know our society has realized such cultural assets as Women Artists' Biennale and kept on growing it up to now, and it lets me look back how the previous Women Artists' Biennales have been run from my senses of responsibility and duty that we should keep it grown both in quality and quantity.

I expect this Incheon Women Artists' Biennale to last as the festival for people all around the world for 10 years, 20 years, and further 100 years in future. In order for such goal to be accomplished, we ought be able to manage it between us. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will give unsparing supports so to help such your efforts.

Once again I congratulate the successful opening of 2011 Incheon Women Artists' Biennale, and express my deepest gratitude for all your hard works.

Thank you.

Choe Kwang Shik
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism