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“The Most Honest Confession: Chang Ucchin Retrospective,” a retrospective of the First Generation of Korean Modern Artist .. and More

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA) Deoksugung

“The Most Honest Confession: Chang Ucchin Retrospective,” a retrospective of the First Generation of Korean Modern Artist

“The Most Honest Confession: Chang Ucchin Retrospective” Installation view at MMCA Deoksugung ©MMCA

From September 14, 2023 to February 12, 2024, a retrospective exhibition of Chang Ucchin (b. 1917) The Most Honest Confession will be on view at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA) Deoksugung.

Chang Ucchin was the first generation of Korean modern art, working for more than 60 years from the 1920s until his death in 1990. For more than six decades, he painted limited subjects such as magpies, trees, and the sun and moon, yet he expanded his oeuvre by changing his materials and styles. This exhibition presents more than 270 works by Chang Ucchin and aims to not only provide a comprehensive look at the artist’s oeuvre but also to re-evaluate his works through academic research.

The exhibition is organized into four parts, with the first and fourth parts examining the works from his youth, middle age, and old age. By following the trajectory of the artist’s activity through the years, we can capture the Korean modernism that he created and the changes that occurred as he approached old age. Part 2 highlights the motifs he focused on and traces their formation and transformation in his work. Part 3 delves deeper into the artist’s world by exploring his Buddhist worldview and philosophical thoughts. In addition, the exhibition will reveal the results of new research on Chang Ucchin through archives related to the artist’s early life, correcting errors in titles of works, chronology.

Coreana Museum of Art

“Step x Step,” an International Exhibition celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Coreana Museum of Art

“Step x Step” Installation view at Coreana Museum of Art ©Coreana Museum of Art

From September 14 through November 30, the Coreana Museum of Art will present Step x Step, an exhibition by Bruce Nauman, Suki Seokyeong Kang, Tsai Ming-liang, Pauline Boudry/ Renate Lorenz, Klara Lidén, Jehyun Shin, and Every Ocean Hughes.

This is an international exhibition organized to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Coreana Museum of Art. As the title suggests, the exhibition is composed of works about “step,” and all 15 works on display center on the everyday act of walking. The exhibition’s interest in “step” is an extension of the museum’s exhibition programs, which have consistently dealt with discourses surrounding the ‘body’.

The first exhibition space presents video works by Bruce Nauman, Tsai Ming-liang, Every Ocean Hughes, and Klara Lidén that focus exclusively on the act of walking. Each of these artists reimagines the movement of walking by performing exaggerated walks (Bruce Nauman), extremely slow walks (Tsai Ming-liang), walks horizontally with the ground (Every Ocean Hughes) and moonwalks (Klara Lidén). In the second exhibition space, more dynamic movements based on walking emerge. Jehyun Shin focuses on performers who are given the same instructions but add their own interpretations to create unidentical movements, while Pauline Boudry/ Renate Lorenz begins their performance with the Kurdish movement of walking with their shoes the wrong way round to deceive their pursuers. Suki Seokyeong Kang presents a textile work based on the structure of Jeongganbo, a traditional Korean musical score that capture the pitch, rhythm, and even the movement of the body.

Asia Culture Center (ACC)

20th Century Paintings from West Asia and Korea at the Asia Culture Center, exhibition "Shining on your days"

Amine El Bacha, Beirut Group, 1972, Oil on canvas, 96×138.5cm ©Dalloul Art Foundation & Amine El Bacha Foundation

The Asia Culture Center (ACC) is pleased to present Shining on your days, an exhibition by Kim Whanki, Chun Kyung-ja, Oh Chiho, Yim Siksoon, Amine El Bacha, and Fateh Moudarres, on view from September 14 to December 3.

The exhibition is part of the ACC’s exhibition under Asian themes, which has been organized since 2017 to foster exchanges across the Asia region. This exhibition explores 20th century art from West Asia, particularly from Lebanon and Syria. Drawing on the shared colonial history of West Asia and Korea in the early 20th century, the exhibition juxtaposes works by West Asian artists with works by four leading 20th century Korean artists, Kim Whanki, Chun Kyung-ja, Oh Chiho, and Yim Siksoon. The paintings of the six artists resonate with each other based on their unique originality.

In addition, the ACC simultaneously hosted The view of Hanui (09.14 – 11.19, 2023), an outdoor exhibition about discussions on the environment, and Listening for the Voice of “TEUM” (09.14 – 12.31), an exhibition by Enjung Lee and Jiwon YU, who were selected for the 2023 ACC Open Call.

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