East Contemporary

Category: South Korea

MMCA “The Essential Duchamp” + “Vertiginous Data” + Harun Farocki ”What Ought To Be Done? Work And Life”

Seoul, December 22, 2018 – April 7, 2019 (Duchamp), March 23 – July 28, 2019 (Data), October 27, 2018 – April 7, 2019 (Farocki), http://www.mmca.go.kr Three shows were taking place at MMCA during my visit. The Essential Duchamp was what the title suggested: An overview of Marcel Duchamps oeuvre. At first I almost wanted to…

Art Space Pool “Today, Nobody Was There”

Seoul, March 23 – April 29, 2018, http://www.altpool.org A group show, with a Korean-only introduction – I have heard it was “about” the communication between artist and audience. Artworks by Hyewon Kwon권혜원, Seulki Ki/Yuna Park기슬기ㆍ박은하, Enae Lee이이내, Lim Sodam임소담and Juwon Jeong정주원were on display. Curated by MijungKim김미정.

Arko Art Center: Cody Choi & Lee Wan “Counterbalance: The Stone and the Mountain” (Korean Pavilion Biennale Arte Venice 2017)

Seoul, March 20 – May 20, 2018, http://www.arko.or.kr Last year’s Venice Biennale Korea pavilion came back “home” and is on display at Arko. The package on show is a well-balanced combination of old and new, Korean and international, conceptual and pop, etc. There is almost everything, and the variety that the two artists managed to…

Ilmin Musem of Art “IMA Picks” (Ayoung Kim, Lee Moon Joo, Jung Yoonsuk)

Seoul, February 23 – April 29, 2018, http://ilmin.org The three floors of Ilmin museum contained three mini-solo-shows by three successful mid-career Korean artists. On 1F Ayoung Kim김아영 presents Porosity Valley. The centerpiece of the show was a large projection with a short film utilizing post-internet aesthetics, reminding me of Lawrence Lek’s Sinofuturism or Christopher Kulendran…

Slow Slow Quick Quick “In the Monkey Monkey Shake Shake”

Seoul, October 21 – 30, http://slowslowquickquick.net/ Slow Slow Quick Quick (SSQQ) is an independent space in the Jongro/Euljiro area. The area consists of old small alleys of metalwork, woodwork and electric appliance workshops. SSQQ is located in one separate building, 3 floors tall with a small courtyard and separate room within it. It is not…

MMCA Seoul “Korea Artist Prize 2016” + “Korean Air Box Project: Yangjiang Group” + “VOID” + “Craft Narrative: The Place, Process, Perspective”

Seoul, autumn 2016, http://www.mmca.go.kr The autumn constellation of exhibitions at MMCA Seoul is rather pleasurable. There is the Korea Artist Prize, a yearly recurring show. The big central space has a new mega-installation. There is an exhibit addressing the architectural space of the MMCA Seoul building itself, and there is a quite unusual art and…