From August 24 to November 19, the Seoul Museum of Art will present To the Last Generation, Kim Yong-Ik, a solo exhibition by artist Kim Yong-IK (b. 1947). The exhibition space is designed as a stack of paper boxes, inspired by the artist’s practice of releasing his work in paper boxes to finalize his early ‘Plane Object’ series.
Kim Yong-Ik began his work in the 1970s and has continued to work independently until today, unable to be categorized into a single tendency. Through his work in conceptual art, modernist art, and public art, he has sought to disrupt the art institution, and to ask the ontological question, “How we should be?” This exhibition pays particular attention to the ecological perspective and ontological questions that the artist has been developing since the 2000s.
The exhibition is organized into six parts, presenting a wide range of works from the artist’s early years to the present day. In particular, the vast collection of archives, which has been collected by the Seoul Museum of Art, will be displayed together to enhance understanding of the artist. As the exhibition is held at the Art Archives, a separate section called “Archive of Thoughts” will be set aside to bring visitors closer to Kim Yong-IK’s archives. Also, the ‘Packing/Unpacking’ project, in which the experience of the archive exhibition is materialized into a questionnaire and then stored in a box, is added to help visitors who are unfamiliar with the archive exhibition.
From August 20 to October 22, Zaha Museum will present Hybrid Ground by Nam Jinu, Moojin Brothers, Park Haeul, Oh jeisung, Lee Myungho, Chang Hanna, and Choi Suin. Hybrid Ground looks at the current situation that has led to a rethinking of concepts such as mutations, hybrids, and crossbreeds. The hybrids of today are not crossbred animals imagined in ancient times, but the skies covered with fine dust, the oceans with oil spills, and the islands of garbage. The exhibition asks the question, “Which monsters should remain on this land, and which ones should be expelled?” and suggests that we need to seriously consider the objects that humanity has been otherizing.
The seven participating artists will present works that illuminate humanity and hybrids from their own perspectives. Moojin Brothers’s video work < Ground Zero > (2021) depicts the situation of model humans facing various disasters, juxtaposed with a poetic narration. The figure of a model human in front of a violent storm reminds us of the current state of humanity in the face of various natural disasters. Chang Hanna collects plastic waste that has been weathered and mineralized in the natural environment and calls it “New Rock.” In <New Nature_ Ants in New Rock> (2023), a video of ants moving in this “New Rock,” humans, objects, and living things are hybridized into a new relationship.
The exhibition also features paintings by Nam Jinu and Choi Suin, installation work by Oh jeisung, < The Time Navigation of a Sculpto r> (2006 – 2023), photographs by Lee Myungho, and short story by Park Haeul. It invites visitors to reflect on the questions posed by the exhibition.
Art Sonje Center will present off-site, an exhibition by six artists, from August 18 to October 7. off-site utilizes spaces such as the museum’s theater, backstage area, garden, stairways, and mechanical rooms to build a new sense of space and artworks.
By following the map in the exhibition leaflet, visitors will encounter works hidden throughout the museum. Hyun Nahm’s work, which compresses the world’s vastness into a single piece, is installed across the heavy machinery in the mechanical room. On the stairs leading up from the first to the third floor, you can see Jong Oh’s < Room Drawing (light) #2 > (2023). The delicate, thin line sculpture harmonizes well with the stairway. Jungyoon Hyen’s sculpture of flesh-like pink silicone and resin intertwined with iron pipes evokes an even more uncanny sensation in the low light of the backstage area, while GRAYCODE jiiiiin experiments with the properties of immateriality that they have been exploring through electronic music in a new space. Yona Lee and Choi Goen’s works are installed in the space outside the museum and can be viewed alongside the changing environment every day.
In this exhibition, visitors can move around the museum and find the works in the non-white cube spaces like a treasure hunt game.