The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul will present Watch and Chill 3.0: Streaming Suspense from April 12 to July 23. ‘Watch and Chill’ is an international collaborative project that explores the ways in which museums, artists, and audiences share art in contemporary times, centered on an online art streaming platform built by MMCA.
‘Watch and Chill’ is a three-year project that seeks to promote art cross-border through multilateral exchanges. Following a collaboration with Asian museums in 2021 and a partnership with museums in Europe and the Middle East in 2022, ‘Watch & Chill 3.0’ will be launched this year in collaboration with leading art institutions in the Americas and Oceania.
For ‘Watch and Chill 3.0’, leading art institutions in the Americas and Oceania will collaborate with the MMCA to curate works from their collections and local artists, sharing them on an online platform where visitors can view them via streaming subscription. It will also be realized in the physical space through an international tour at partner museums, starting with a showcase at the Seoul Museum this year.
This year’s program is divided into five subtopics under the overarching theme of ‘Streaming Suspense’. The exhibition presents 28 works by artists, designers, and filmmakers who employ the language and methodology of thrillers through storytelling and figuration, exploring the possibilities of a space and time occupied by immersion and suspense.
The five subthemes are ‘Landscape under Moonlight’, ‘Assembly of Evidence’, ‘Mutable Corpus’, ‘Performance of the Undead’, and ‘Post-dystopian Worldbuilding’. The subthemes focus on the unique bodies of work of artists working primarily in the medium of video and examine the alternative narratives and worldviews they propose. They consider the contemporary implications of narratives that destabilize, offend, and create tension in reality, such as strangeness, shape-shifting, mutating bodies, and non-normativity.
From May 5 to June 11, Kumho Museum of Art will host “2023 Kumho Young Artist 2”. This exhibition of selected artists from the Kumho Young Artist Program follows “2023 Kumho Young Artist 1,” which ended on April 23 and featured three artists, Wonjin Kim, Youngho Jung, and Jae Cho.
The exhibition features three artists, Nosik Lim, Heejoon Lee (b.1988), and Seungeui Hyun (b.1991) and is organized as a group exhibition, with each floor of the museum, from the first to the third, dedicated to a single artist.
On the first floor, Seungeui Hyun’s exhibition The Ordinary ■’s Ordinary Vacation will be held. The artist has been dealing with the relationship between humans and nature, the world dictated by capital, and the dark side of tourism capital, and cynically unravels the various discourses inherent in space. In this exhibition, the fictional character ‘Mr. ■”s vacation on Jeju Island is composed of symbolic images to show various narratives. Through inky black paintings, the artist densely depicts the logic of capital and ecological, environmental, and social issues that operate beyond the idealized landscape.
On the second floor, Heejoon Lee’s exhibition Scaffolding will be held. Capturing urban landscapes on canvas, Lee translates the elements of proportion, balance, and color found in his exploration of architectural spaces into his abstract paintings. The exhibition features abstract paintings, sculptures, and installations that incorporate the concept of “scaffolding,” a temporary structure erected during the construction process.
The third and final floor is dedicated to the exhibition Deep Line by Nosik Lim. This exhibition shows how we perceive objects centered on a ‘line’. The artist explores the physical, psychological, and reproductive distancing that occurs in the process of translating images encountered in everyday life into paintings in various ways. In the process of emptying and discarding the collected images, the thin lines remain in an extremely reduced, suggesting the entire landscape and objects.