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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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Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Sydney Lowdown: Exhibitions to See 6 Sep 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The fifth edition of Sydney Contemporary will take place once again at Carriageworks between 12 and 15 September 2019, with Spring 1883 bringing together a cohort of 27 galleries from across Australia and the region to inhabit rooms at the Establishment Hotel from 11 to 14 September 2019, uniquely presenting contemporary works propped up on...

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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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Contemporary art exhibition, Liza Lou, The River and the Raft at Lehmann Maupin, Seoul
12 September–9 November 2019 Liza Lou The River and the Raft Lehmann Maupin, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Dongwook Suh, Suyoung Kim, Flashback at ONE AND J. Gallery, Seoul
5 September–5 October 2019 Dongwook Suh, Suyoung Kim Flashback ONE AND J. Gallery, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Haegue Yang, When The Year 2000 Comes at Kukje Gallery, Seoul
3 September–17 November 2019 Haegue Yang When The Year 2000 Comes Kukje Gallery, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Koh San Keum, Infinite Tolerance at Gallery Baton, Seoul
30 August–2 October 2019 Koh San Keum Infinite Tolerance Gallery Baton, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Christopher Kuhn, Formerly Known As at One Four, Seoul
10 August–12 October 2019 Christopher Kuhn Formerly Known As One Four, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, A Shiver in Search of a Spine at ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul
11 July–5 October 2019 Group Exhibition A Shiver in Search of a Spine ARARIO GALLERY, Seoul | Samcheong
Contemporary art exhibition, Kenny Scharf, Kenny Scharf at Baik Art, Seoul
23 October–22 November 2019 Kenny Scharf Kenny Scharf Baik Art, Seoul

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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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Iván Navarro Ocula Conversation Iván Navarro Artist

Iván Navarro needs no introduction once you know what his works look like: light boxes constructed using one-way mirrors to create an infinity room effect. These object illusions come in many forms, from a world map rendered in green and white lights that seem to collapse into a dark void (Sediments, 2017); to a series of lightboxes formed from the...

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Lee Ufan Ocula Conversation Lee Ufan Artist, Korea

Nowadays, Korean-born artist Lee Ufan needs little introduction. The combination of the opening of his own Tadao Ando-designed museum at the Benesse Art Site, Japan in 2010; his 2011 retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, New York; and his major show at the Château de Versailles in 2014, have all meant that in recent years Lee Ufan has...

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Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho Ocula Conversation Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho

Artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho established their styles and names individually, but create an undeniable synergy when paired together. The duo won the Korea Artist Prize at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, in 2012 and participated in dOCUMENTA the same year. Representing the Korean Pavilion in Venice this year,...

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Minsuk Cho Ocula Conversation Minsuk Cho Architect, Mass Studies, Seoul

Minsuk Cho, principal architect at Mass Studies and commissioner of the Golden Lion-winning Korea Pavilion at last year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, just closed his first major exhibition at PLATEAU, Samsung Museum of Art. And while Before/After, a data-centric retrospective of the first dozen years of his firm via both realized and...

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Natalie King And Youngmi Park Ocula Conversation Natalie King And Youngmi Park Co-Curators, 'Episodes: Australian Photography Now', Dong Gang International Photo Festival

Now in its 13th edition, the Dong Gang International Photo Festival takes place in the city of Yeongwol, about 3 hours drive east of Seoul. Since 2009, guest curators from different countries have been invited to curate an exhibition for the Festival, including France, Germany, USA, Japan and UK. This year the invitation was extended to...

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Yuko Hasegawa Ocula Conversation Yuko Hasegawa Chief Curator, Museum Of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

Yuko Hasegawa is Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2006–present) and is also a professor at Tama Art University, Tokyo, where she teaches curatorial and art theory. Last year Hasegawa curated the Sharjah Biennial 11, which opened to great acclaim. Previously, Hasegawa served as Chief Curator and Founding Artistic...

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G-Seoul 14: Back To Boutique Ocula Report G-Seoul 14: Back To Boutique 12 May 2014 : Ines Min for Ocula

The pressure is high for boutique art fair G-Seoul 14 this year, though you wouldn’t know it by the easy glamour and airy polish of its backdrop: the newly broken-in Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) designed by Zaha Hadid and officially opened this March. The curvilinear hall, expansive ceiling space, and ceiling-to-floor white motif lends...

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Haegue Yang embarks on a surreal multi-sensory space odyssey in Seoul Related Press Haegue Yang embarks on a surreal multi-sensory space odyssey in Seoul Wallpaper* : 12 September 2019

They say art is abstract. But wait until they see the works of Haegue Yang. Even this broad term doesn't fully encapsulate the creations of the Korean artist, who is taking abstractionism to a whole new level.

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Elmgreen & Dragset's bar doesn't work (and that's the point) Related Press Elmgreen & Dragset's bar doesn't work (and that's the point) Phaidon News : 2 April 2019

There's a nice-looking bar at Elmgreen & Dragset's new show, Adaptations, at the Kukje Gallery in Seoul, South Korea. It's white, oval shaped, and is fitted with two bar taps, and looks pretty inviting ...

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Lo-Fi Art for the Internet Age Related Press Lo-Fi Art for the Internet Age Hyperallergic : 9 February 2019

SEOUL — Noh Sangho's solo exhibition, The Great Chapbook II, contains more than 1500 works. Hundreds of plastic ziplock bags containing Noh's watercolor drawings hang on 11 chrome garment racks affixed to the brick walls of Seoul's underground gallery, Arario Museum in Space. The drawings are the results of the artist's daily digital...

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Oscar Murillo transforms energy into dynamic art Related Press Oscar Murillo transforms energy into dynamic art The Korea Times : 10 December 2018

Oscar Murillo is an artist of energy who encapsulates the instability of his contemporaries living in the 21st century, who cannot truly feel a sense of belonging or stability. The artist is holding Catalyst, his first solo exhibition in Korea, at Kukje Gallery in downtown Seoul.

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Paintings bring back memories of countless past encounters Related Press Paintings bring back memories of countless past encounters The Korea Herald : 5 July 2018

With dark-and-bright contrasts throughout, young local painter Jwa Haesun's portraits of ordinary people remind us of our own memories of numerous overlooked encounters. Her portraits of unknown people have the power to evoke questions on the otherness of the others and the solitude that we feel among a crowd of unknowns.

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Artist Oh Su-fan turns canvas into mirror reflecting state of mind Related Press Artist Oh Su-fan turns canvas into mirror reflecting state of mind Yonhap News Agency : 19 June 2018

Oh Su-fan, a 72-year-old artist, has spent the 40 years of his professional life trying to erase the stream of consciousness. By doing so, he pursues order and naturalness in chaos.In his new solo exhibition, Dialogue, which runs at Gana Art Centre in Seoul from 20 June to 15 July 2018, 30 paintings created since 2016 are on display. The...

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'Fashion doomed to fade, but art is forever' Related Press 'Fashion doomed to fade, but art is forever' The Korea Times : 27 April 2018

American artist Alex Katz is known for his distinctive style of portraits featuring sophisticated yet daring women of all ages. The Lotte Museum of Art (LMOA) in southern Seoul presents the first solo exhibition of the 90-year-old artist, who stylises American culture and society such as fashion, beauty and landscape, in Korea.Titled Alex Katz:...

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“High Strangeness” by Peter Stichbury at Gallery Baton, Seoul Related Press “High Strangeness” by Peter Stichbury at Gallery Baton, Seoul BLOUIN ARTINFO : 15 November 2017

New Zealand born artist Peter Stichbury is currently presenting his bizarre and uncanny exhibition at the Gallery Baton in Seoul. High Strangeness explores stories surrounding reports of (often fake) disturbances in the aerial world above us. The exhibition runs until the end of November.

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25–29 Sep 2014 KIAF/14
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About Seoul

Korea's capital city for more than 600 years, Seoul is today the nation's cultural centre, housing many museums, galleries, and exhibition venues. The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA Seoul) lies at its heart, located next to the historical site of Gyeongbokgung Palace, which served as the main royal palace in the Joseon period (1392–1910). With its main branch based in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do, the MMCA Seoul opened in 2013 with the mission to deliver modern and contemporary art to the public. Some of the iconic artists to have been exhibited at MMCA Seoul include Marcel Duchamp, Yun Hyong-keun, Choi Jeong Hwa, Shirin Neshat, and William Kentridge. The MMCA is also the site of prestigious awards such as the MMCA Hyundai Motor Series, dedicated to pioneering Korean artists, and the Korea Artist Prize.

From Gyeongbokgung, take Seoul's Metro or—on a nice day—a ten- to twenty-minute walk to galleries in the nearby Samcheong District, also known as 'gallery street'. Kumho Museum of Art, founded in 1989 to promote Korean art, houses the works of artists who have shaped modern Korean art—including Nam June Paik, Lee Ufan, and Kim Whanki—as well as emerging Korean artists. Since the mid-2000s, Kumho has also focused its programme on design and architecture.

Gallery Hyundai, which stands right next to Kumho, was founded in 1970 by the pioneering gallerist Park Myung-ja. One of the first galleries to introduce abstract art to Korea, Gallery Hyundai represents leading Korean artists Kang Ik-Joong, Kwon Young-Woo, and Moon Kyungwon, amongst others, as well as international artists such as Iván Navarro and Robert Indiana.

Some of the leading contemporary galleries in the world can be found in Samcheong district as well. Kukje Gallery, founded in 1982, is known for its roster of Korean and international artists including Anish Kapoor, Bill Viola, Candida Höfer, Gimhongsok, Haegue Yang, and Kimsooja. Arario Gallery, which opened in 1989, has been innovative in introducing Indian and Southeast Asian artists to Korea. A regular presence in Frieze New York and Art Basel in Hong Kong since the early 2000s, PKM Gallery has exhibited Lee Bul, Olafur Eliasson, Bruce Nauman, and Katie Paterson, among others.

Other galleries are scattered throughout Seoul. One of the first major art galleries to open in Korea, Gana Art is a chief Korean and Asian contemporary art gallery noted for its public art projects. ONE AND J. Gallery, in Jongno District, was founded in 2005 and is dedicated to contemporary artists, among them Suyoung Kim, Min Ha Park, and New Zealand-based Seung Yul Oh. CHOI&LAGER Gallery was founded by Sunhee Choi and Jari Lager, and established a Seoul outpost in 2016.

Those wanting to experience contemporary Korean culture alongside art may venture to Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), located in the former building of the Supreme Court of Korea and offering public exhibitions that address social issues. Designed by the acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid, Dongdaemun Design Plaza's diverse exhibition programme encompasses design, fashion, and art, both Korean and international.

Some of Seoul's privately-run art museums are also worthwhile for their vast collections. Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, which opened in 2004, houses 36 pieces that are recognised as national treasures. Its buildings are designed by the architects Jean Nouvel, Rem Koolhaas, and Mario Botta.

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