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Seoul braces for big art names

Published มกราคม 11, 2016 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/life/Seoul-braces-for-big-art-names-30276484.html

KOREA’S CONTEMPORARY ART

Anish Kapoor with his 2007 work “CCurve” at the Palace of Versailles in France. He will bring new sculptures this year to Seoul’s Kukje Gallery, which hosted shows by him in 2003 and 2008. Photo/Reuters

Anish Kapoor with his 2007 work “CCurve” at the Palace of Versailles in France. He will bring new sculptures this year to Seoul’s Kukje Gallery, which hosted shows by him in 2003 and 2008. Photo/Reuters

Olafur Eliasson delivered a block of Greenland ice to the Paris World Climate Change Conference last month. He’ll have a solo show at the Leeum Samsung Museum. Photo/Reuters

Olafur Eliasson delivered a block of Greenland ice to the Paris World Climate Change Conference last month. He’ll have a solo show at the Leeum Samsung Museum. Photo/Reuters

 

Anish Kapoor and Olafur Eliasson will exhibit works in South Korea this year

Museum and galleries in Seoul are getting ready to excite art-lovers with an impressive line-up this year.

Some of the most anticipated names include Korean masters Lee Jung-seob, Yoo Young-guk, Chung Chang-sub and Nam June Paik, while Anish Kapoor and Olafur Eliasson are among the foreigners to be featured.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of two giants of Korean art – Lee Jung-seob and Yoo Young-guk. The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art will hold extensive exhibitions featuring the masters’ works at its Deoksugung Palace branch museum.

The event opens with a solo exhibition of work by Lee (1916-56), best known for his painting of a fighting bull. The exhibition from June 1 to September 25 is expected to be the most comprehensive retrospective of Lee’s work. Gathering so much of it in one place has been a challenge since most of his paintings are privately owned, but the show will offer a broad overview of his philosophy and life.

Yoo Young-guk (1916-2002), one of the first-generation abstract artists in Korea, will be under the spotlight at the Museum’s Deoksugung branch from October 14 to February 5, 2017. Some 120 abstract paintings, 20 sketches and works in other media will be on view, offering insight into the artist’s experiments throughout his career to create geometric abstract images.

Following a series of successful solo shows in 2015 of dansaekhwa – Korean monochrome art – the Kukje Gallery is presenting another, this one featuring Chung Chang-sup (1927-2011) and running from February 26 to March 27.

Chung is known for his “unpainted paintings”, made with Korean dak (mulberry) paper soaked in water and then moulded onto a flat canvas. Chung sought to explore Taoist beliefs, balancing materials and nature.

Gallery Hyundai marks the 10th anniversary of the death of media-art pioneer Nam June Paik (1932-2006) with an exhibition showcasing 40 of his works, including objects and records from his shamanic performance in the backyard of the gallery in 1990.

“Nam June Paik: When He was in Seoul” will open on January 28, the anniversary of the eve of his death a decade ago. The Seoul Museum of Art will exhibit its collection of Nam works in June.

Indian-British sculptor Anish Kapoor, famous for immense sculptures, will have a solo exhibition in the latter half of this year at the Kukje Gallery, which hosted shows by him in 2003 and 2008. Kapoor is expected to bring new sculptures.

He’s best known for his gigantic “Cloud Gate” in Chicago and “Orbit Tower”, made for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Kapoor’s works were also shown in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles outside Paris last year, following an exhibition of Korean monochrome artist Lee U-fan.

The Leeum Samsung Museum of Art will present the first solo exhibition in South Korea of Danish artist Olafur Eliasson in October.

Eliasson, known for his large installations incorporating natural elements such as sunlight, water and air, was introduced to local audiences with his installation “Gravity Stairs” at the museum, which featured mirrors and LED tubes arranged according to the order of the planets in the solar system.

 

Your car is your culture

Published กุมภาพันธ์ 13, 2015 by SoClaimon

ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/life/Your-car-is-your-culture-30253558.html

KOREA’S CONTEMPORARY ART

'Mr Taxi' by Khan   Photo courtesy by Hyundai Motor Co

‘Mr Taxi’ by Khan Photo courtesy by Hyundai Motor Co

Kim Jongku's rendition of a Hyundai Porter pickup. Photo courtesy by Hyundai Motor Co

Kim Jongku’s rendition of a Hyundai Porter pickup. Photo courtesy by Hyundai Motor Co

Hyundai turns owners’ fond memories into artworks and keepsakes

For 30 years Kim Young-gyui spent nearly 16 hours a day in a car. The 66-year-old taxi driver rode about 750,000 kilometres in all, more than twice the distance an average car travels in its lifetime. Recently he retired, though, and had to bid farewell to his car. It was about to send it to a junkyard.

As luck would have it, he got a chance to keep his faithful companion with Hyundai Motor’s campaign “Brilliant Memories” that transforms used cars into objects that owners can keep for the rest of their lives.

Kim’s sedan was converted by an artist known only as Khan. The passenger seat is now Kim’s private couch, complete with a holder for his coffee cup. His portrait is engraved on the polished exterior surface with LED lighting.

The couch is on display with other cars-turned-artworks at the exhibition by Hyundai Motor at Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul.

Last year Hyundai collected stories from drivers of its cars who planned to sell or scrap them. The idea was to highlight the emotional aspects of driving. The firm selected stories that describe cars as life partners and friends and had artists turn the vehicles into artworks and objects the owners can keep as mementoes.

Fourteen artists participated. Their work will be included in the Hyundai art collection. Objects such as a couch, luggage carrier and audio system will be given to the car owners.

Renowned artist Lee Yong-baek, who worked on the Korean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011, created two pieces from a Porter pickup truck belonging to a deliveryman. The driver spent most of his days in the truck, delivering items, eating his meals and listening to music on breaks.

Lee made a cast sculpture of the truck, broke it into parts and reassembled them into a new sculpture. In tribute to the deliveryman’s hard work, Lee made an audio set decorated with the floral-print image of his work “Angel Soldier” and equipped it with a better sound system.

“I wanted to give the delivery man and his wife an audio system after I heard their story of listening to music on the truck audio system and planning their life together,” Lee said at the exhibition opening last month.

Another Porter pickup inspired Kim Jong-ku to conduct a live performance, using powder ground from the car parts to write out the story of the owner, a farmer whose whole life was spent raising yellow melons and selling them across the country.

Yang Soo-in created a car swing using a mid-size Sonata II sedan that belonged to an office worker-turned-filmmaker. Viewers can climb on for a swing. Once the car door is closed, a recorded voice asks random questions about their own lives. The artist said he intended to give the owner an inspiration for his future movie work.

 

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