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Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director Ocula Conversation Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director

Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and close to...

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Report MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern 29 Nov 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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The Shows to See in Seoul This Weekend Related Press The Shows to See in Seoul This Weekend Frieze : 27 September 2019

A woman pulls an archer's bow at a dot painting. The arrow hits a white dot. She removes it before covering the dot with a square of white tissue paper. An action work by Soungui Kim, Ten thousand ugly ink dots (1982), is captured on video in the artist's first major retrospective in Seoul's National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA).

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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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Seoul on a roll: art installation takes marble run to the next level Related Press Seoul on a roll: art installation takes marble run to the next level The Guardian : 9 November 2017

They are one of the oldest symbols of child's play - found in the ashes of Pompeii, in the tombs of ancient Egypt and in Native American tribes. But while millennial children may have left them to gather dust, a new installation is asking people young and old to reconnect with the simple joy of marbles.

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SNARKITECTURE LOOP X COS Related Press SNARKITECTURE LOOP X COS DIVISARE : 8 November 2017

Drawing inspiration from COS's love of playful, modern design, New York-based practice Snarkitecture has created an interactive installation based on the childhood memory of marble games. Loop is a series of sinuous and suspended sloped tracks that curve through the gallery creating an array of uniquely kinetic moments as the visitor's vantage...

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Inside The World of Art Dealer Emmanuel Perrotin Related Press Inside The World of Art Dealer Emmanuel Perrotin Forbes : 7 November 2017

Last month in Paris, I met Emmanuel Perrotin - renowned Parisian Art dealer - at his Parisian gallery in Le Marais. Self made man and hard worker, he explained me his success story in the Art world while I was admiring JR 's giant photographies, Xavier Veilhan's sculptures and Chen Fei's pieces to name a few. En route with Emmanuel for an art...

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Korean, American artists reveal their pent-up desires in joint show Related Press Korean, American artists reveal their pent-up desires in joint show Yonhap News : 27 October 2017

Two artists exhibit two very different expressive styles — one is figurative and the other is abstract. Somehow, however, there exists quite a surprising similarity between American Hernan Bas and Korean Jeong Young-do when it comes to expressing suppressed desires in their works.

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Wander From Within makes Asian debut in Seoul Related Press Wander From Within makes Asian debut in Seoul Hong Kong Tatler : 17 October 2017

What role does furniture have to play beyond the physical realms of the home, enclosures, and comfort? What if furniture was designed to capture an ephemeral moment far from the familiar boundary? Such is the subject explored in Wander from Within, the maiden design exhibition co-created by K11 and K11 Art Foundation founder and cultural...

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Paul McCarthy puts Snow White (and himself) under the knife in Seoul Related Press Paul McCarthy puts Snow White (and himself) under the knife in Seoul Wallpaper* : 2 October 2017

Snow White was the original, archetypal Disney princess: she was the 'fairest of them all', she was cheerful and kind, and most importantly, she was as innocent as a lamb. Just as her allegorical name would suggest. Since Disney's 1937 film adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairytale, she's remained one of the company's most popular characters....

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Critic's Guide: Seoul Related Press Critic's Guide: Seoul Frieze : 20 September 2017

This huge retrospective of Krzysztof Wodiczko's work presents everything from his early objects concerning censorship under a Polish socialist government to his 'cultural prosthetics' for the homeless and immigrants to his projections on monuments and civic buildings. The artist's lifetime interest in the interventions in public spaces by minority...

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Gana Art Chairman Lee Ho-jae chosen by Montblanc as 2017 Korean art patron Related Press Gana Art Chairman Lee Ho-jae chosen by Montblanc as 2017 Korean art patron Yonhap : 30 August 2017

Gana Art founder Lee Ho-jae has been selected as this year's art patron of Korea by German company Montblanc, the company's art foundation announced Wednesday. The Montblanc's Cultural Foundation cited Lee's lifelong dedication to the development of the Korean art industry and decades of support for Korean artists for choosing him as the Korean...

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Modern sculptor Kwon Jin-kyu rediscovered Related Press Modern sculptor Kwon Jin-kyu rediscovered Korea Times : 29 August 2017

Sculptor Kwon Jin-kyu (1922-1973) is the pioneer of modern sculpture in Korea and known for his elegant works. An exhibition in Seoul sheds light on the late artist who explored the materiality of plaster, rock and bronze and demonstrated the zenith of sculptural elegance.

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Remember Kwon Jin-kyu, perfectionist sculptor who prepared his death Related Press Remember Kwon Jin-kyu, perfectionist sculptor who prepared his death Yonhap News : 23 August 2017

Late sculptor Kwon Jin-kyu (1922-1973) had held only three solo exhibitions by the time he took his own life at his studio at age 50. Since then, a few dozen more shows have taken place in Korea and Japan to remember one of the greatest and pioneering sculptors in Korea's modern art history.

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“Gridded Currents”: exploring the oceans with art at Kukje Gallery, Seoul Related Press “Gridded Currents”: exploring the oceans with art at Kukje Gallery, Seoul Art Radar : 14 August 2017

The exhibition Gridded Currents uses a variety of media to explore the detrimental impact of modernisation on nature, and in particular, the sea. As the show's curator Hyunjin Kim explains, _The sea is no longer a neutral landscape as seen in this exhibition— rather, it approaches the ocean as a site of colonial history, a charged marker of...

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Park Chan-kyong: Kukje Gallery, Seoul, South Korea Related Press Park Chan-kyong: Kukje Gallery, Seoul, South Korea Frieze : 3 July 2017

As an art critic in the 1990s, Park Chan-kyong would often refer to what he called the 'colonial unheimlich', a theory that is key to understanding his visual work. He claims that there is a serious rupture between Korea's past and its present: a kind of collective amnesia effected by the country's rapid economic development, which has made even...

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Park Chan-kyong: '안녕 安寧 Farewell' Installation Video Related Video & Audio Park Chan-kyong: '안녕 安寧 Farewell' Installation Video Kukje Gallery : 26 June 2017

Park's work explores the changing roles of artists in the contemporary world. His work frames modern and contemporary Korean history, engaging complex socio-political subjects including the Cold War, the conflict between the two Koreas, folk religion, and the (re)construction of history. His multi-media works contemplate Korean society, grappling...

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Media artist Park Chan-kyong bids farewell to countless lost souls Related Press Media artist Park Chan-kyong bids farewell to countless lost souls Yonhap News : 25 May 2017

Park Chan-kyong is a younger brother of globally renowned film director Park Chan-wook of Old Boy and more recently The Handmaiden. But he is no more introduced as such. Having set off an authentic path as an interdisciplinary artist, he has been consistently exploring Korea's folk tradition, such as the shamanistic ritual of 'gut,' and delved into...

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Teaser Trailer | Park Chan-kyong: '安寧 Farewell' Related Video & Audio Teaser Trailer | Park Chan-kyong: '安寧 Farewell' Vimeo : 11 May 2017

Park Chan-kyong first became known as an art critic in the 1990s. His first major exhibition as a visual artist was in 1997 at the Kumho Museum of Art titled Black Box: Memory of the Cold War Images. Park's practice is celebrated for its multidisciplinary approach and he has garnered praise for transcending genres as a media artist, film director,...

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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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