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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See 20 Sep 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

London's galleries and museums are gearing up for a lively October, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters running between 3 and 6 October 2019 at Regent's Park, along with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place across the same dates at Somerset House; and the tenth anniversary of the Sunday Art Fair, showcasing new and emerging artists...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Daegu

South Korea

Previous Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Homage to Korea at Wooson Gallery, Daegu
27 June–7 September 2019 Group Exhibition Homage to Korea Wooson Gallery, Daegu
Contemporary art exhibition, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Take Back My Shadow at Wooson Gallery, Daegu
21 March–8 June 2019 Sandra Vásquez de la Horra Take Back My Shadow Wooson Gallery, Daegu
Contemporary art exhibition, Tony Cragg, Tony Cragg at Wooson Gallery, Daegu
8 November 2018–2 February 2019 Tony Cragg Tony Cragg Wooson Gallery, Daegu
Contemporary art exhibition, Choi Byung-So, Choi Byung-So at Wooson Gallery, Daegu
12 July–20 October 2018 Choi Byung-So Choi Byung-So Wooson Gallery, Daegu
Contemporary art exhibition, Sakai Kohta, Sakai Kohta at Wooson Gallery, Daegu
22 March–22 June 2018 Sakai Kohta Sakai Kohta Wooson Gallery, Daegu
Contemporary art exhibition, Lee Kang-So, Becoming 生成 at Wooson Gallery, Daegu
17 October 2017–23 February 2018 Lee Kang-So Becoming 生成 Wooson Gallery, Daegu
Contemporary art exhibition, Maruyama Naofumi, Flowing at Wooson Gallery, Daegu
6 July–15 September 2017 Maruyama Naofumi Flowing Wooson Gallery, Daegu
Contemporary art exhibition, Christiane Löhr, OPUS at Wooson Gallery, Daegu
13 April–24 June 2017 Christiane Löhr OPUS Wooson Gallery, Daegu

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Art Universelle: A Report From Art14 Ocula Report Art Universelle: A Report From Art14 4 Mar 2014 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

Art14 is a young fair, and its premise is what makes it interesting. Launched in 2013 as Art13, the fair made a grand statement on its cultural composition by billing itself as London’s global art fair – the one and only. In 2014, this identity was asserted with a broad, multi-cultural stroke that brought together 180 galleries, 700...

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Abstraction explored at Lee Kang-So at Wooson Gallery, Daegu Related Press Abstraction explored at Lee Kang-So at Wooson Gallery, Daegu Blouin Artinfo : 2 November 2017

Wooson Gallery, Daegu is presenting artist Lee Kang-So's works. Born in 1943 in Daegu, Korea, Lee Kang-So is one of the major artists in the history of Korean conceptual art. During the 1970s, Lee focused on creating mainly performance-based works, but his focus shifted to media including painting, pottery, and photography during the 1980s. Lee is...

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Kimsooja Wins Samsung's Ho-Am Prize for the Arts Related Press Kimsooja Wins Samsung's Ho-Am Prize for the Arts ArtAsiaPacific : 16 June 2015

On June 1, New York-based video artist Kimsooja was awarded the 2015 Ho-Am Prize in Seoul. The prize, established in 1990 by the Korean conglomerate Samsung and named after the pen-name of its late founder Lee Byung-chull, is awarded to “people of Korean heritage who have contributed to the enrichment of culture and arts for humankind.”...

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Recent Events

Contemporary art exhibition, Daegu Art Fair 2017 at Ocula Editions, Auckland
8–12 Nov 2017 Daegu Art Fair 2017

About Daegu

Dubbed the 'Apple City' for its high-quality apples, Daegu is also known to have produced some of Korea's most significant modern and contemporary artists, including Lee In Sung (1912–1950), one of the first artists to introduce Western painting to the region; Suh SeOk (b. 1929), renowned for his large-scale ink paintings often depicting dancing figures; and Kimsooja (b. 1957), whose installation at the 55th Venice Biennale reflected her ongoing interest in bottari (Korean cloth-bundles). Perhaps more importantly, however, the metropolitan city is a burgeoning hub of artistic activities, with museums, galleries, and cultural festivals devoted to encouraging emerging talents at home while partaking in the international art scene.

The city's premier municipal art museum, Daegu Art Museum (DAM), is devoted to bridging the gap between contemporary art and the wider public. With five gallery spaces spread over two floors, the museum regularly organises exhibitions that showcase works by artists born or based in Daegu, alongside solo exhibitions of Korean and international artists such as Alex Katz, Kim Whanki, Yinka Shonibare, and Yayoi Kusama.

Located in the famous Duryu Park, Daegu Arts Center is steadfast in supporting local talents through its exhibitions of both contemporary and traditional practices. Another important public institution, Daegu Art Factory can be found in the heart of the city and also provides the latest examples of contemporary art in diverse media. It is specially dedicated to introducing experimental works by emerging artists through short- and long-term residency programmes.

Southeast of Daegu Art Factory is Bongsan Culture Street—a formerly narrow sector inhabited by small galleries and artisan workshops that later widened its premises for the public in the 1990s. Now filled with murals and year-round exhibitions, it has also been the site of the annual Bongsan Art Festival since 1993. Wooson Gallery—known for its compelling exhibitions of local and international artists such as Tony Cragg and Choi Byung-So—is located in the vicinity, as is GALLERY SOHEON & SOHEON Contemporary, which is more focused on showing modern and contemporary Korean art.

Other galleries within walking distance of the area include Gallery Bundo, a research-based gallery that presents works by emerging and established fine art artists; Leeahn Gallery, which participates in Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Miami, and holds well-received exhibitions at home; and Gallery Shilla, a seasoned gallery that opened in 1992 with an exhibition of works by Yun Hyong-keun, Park Seo-Bo, and Lee Ufan—forerunners of Dansaekhwa—as well as renowned Korean artists Kim Tschang Yeul and Lee Kang-So.

Daegu is the host of Daegu Art Fair, which was established in 2008, and Staires Art Fair, which was inaugurated in June 2019 with the goal of representing more young and local artists and offering a more accessible art fair alternative to the public.

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