Museum SAN, located in Wonju, Gangwon Province, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with Tadao Ando-Youth the first large-scale solo exhibition of world-renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando in Korea, on view through July 30. This exhibition is Tadao Ando’s seventh international tour, following stops in Tokyo, Paris, Milan, Shanghai, Beijing, and Taiwan, and his first exhibition in his designed space.
The exhibition’s title, “Youth,” refers to Tadao Ando’s beliefs and approach to architecture, as well as his sense of challenge and consciousness. The exhibition features more than 250 of the artist’s best-known works, including architectural works from the first half of his career, from 1969 to the mid-1990s, as well as his ’Projects in Naoshima’, completed over three decades, and public buildings around the world since the mid-1990s, through photographs, sketches, and model videos.
The exhibition is organized into four parts, with Part 1, ‘Primitive Shapes of Space,’ featuring architectural works from the first half of his career from 1969 to the mid-1990s, and Part 2, ‘Landscape Genesis,’ introducing the challenging public architecture of Tadao Ando. Part 3, ‘An Urban Challenge,’ explores how his unwavering spirit of the challenge has blossomed in public spaces around the world. Finally, Part 4, ‘Dialogues with History, introduces the renovation project.
Museum SAN, operated by the Hansol Cultural Foundation, is a minimalist architecture of flowers, water, stone, light, and exposed concrete hidden in the mountains, designed by Tadao Ando. It is also home to Asia’s largest installation by light and space artist James Turrel and has been a leading cultural space in Korea since its opening in May 2013, attracting more than 200,000 visitors annually.
Sungkok Art Museum presents Node: One and its entirety a solo exhibition by artist Haiyoung Suh, on view through June 18. The exhibition is part of the ‘Invitational Exhibition of Korean Mid-Career Artists’ program organized by Sungkok Art Museum, which looks back at the artist’s work over the past 20 years, from 2003 to this year.
Known as the ‘Brick Artist,’ Suh’s work always begins with a seek of space. In her first solo exhibition in 1996, she explored the body as a space that contains human existence through bones. Since 2000, her work has been driven by her ongoing interest in the space created by stacking bricks in a flat or three-dimensional space.
The exhibition is installed on all three floors of the museum and encompasses works in a variety of formats, including painting, sculpture, and installation. On the first floor the ‘Prolongement’ section includes the brass “Prolongement” work and four paintings from the 2003 series ‘Ubiquitous’.
On the second floor, ‘Tight Perimeters’ reflects the artist’s awareness of relationships and how the boundaries that separate two opposites, such as inside and outside, separation and union, are actually only a thin membrane. Finally, the third floor, ‘Prospective Compositions’, is organized around works that use the flexibility and scalability of the unit to experiment with the practical potential of artworks.
The term ‘node’ has many different meanings in different fields, such as a plant joint in botany, a reference point in music to organize a melody, a fundamental unit in computer science, and a device or data point in a large network. The artist interprets ‘node’ as a ‘point of eruption’ and hopes to explore the direction of her work after this exhibition.