Min-Shik Choi, Busan, 1978 (from the series Human, 1957-2006), Black-white photograph.

Hamburg-Busan Exchange Brings South Korean Artists to Germany

Mongjoo Son, No Signal, 2012, Schwarzes Gummiband, Installation view, 2012, Photo: Fred Dott / Kunstverein Hamburg.

Installation view, To Begin is to be Half Done, 2012, Foreground: Min-Shik Choi, Busan (aus der Serie Human, 1957-2006),Pigmentdruck, Photo: Fred Dott / Kunstverein Hamburg.

Ji Young Song, Always Sweet, 2011, Ceramic, 24 x 21 x 24 cm.

 

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To Begin is to be Half Done
An artist exchange between Busan and Hamburg
December 15, 2012-January 6, 2013

Last year, the Kunstverein Hamburg was invited by the city’s department of culture to take part in a cultural exchange between Hamburg and the city of Busan in South Korea. The aim was to develop a joint exhibition programme for both cities. The first event was a group exhibition that took place in February 2012 in Busan. It was organized and curated by the Kunstverein’s partner in South Korea, the Davin Art Space, and featured Hamburg-based artists. Kunstverein Hamburg accompanied the exhibiting artists on their trip to Busan to gain an impression of the city’s art and culture scene. During our stay, we visited many different studios and exhibitions where we saw a huge variety of artistic work and had the opportunity to meet contemporary artists working in South Korea.

For the second phase of the collaboration — an exhibition at the Kunstverein Hamburg — seven artists from Busan have been invited to present their work on the ground floor of the Kunstverein. The exhibition focuses on dialogue and exchange, on methods of artistic production and on creative process. The starting point for each of these themes is the artists’ presence in Hamburg. Artist Mongjoo Son produces a sculpture of thread, designed specifically for the gallery to structure the space and create a visual framework for the exhibition. The other artists Won-Jeong Yang (collage), Arum Chun (drawing), Min-Shik Choi (photography), Doo im Son (sculpture), Ji Young Song (sculpture) and Hyang Ja Kim (clothing) present their work in these specially created display areas.

The project marks the beginning of an intensive cultural exchange between Busan and Hamburg. It gives artists from both cities the opportunity to meet and share ideas and artistic approaches. This exchange providse a basis for future projects.

Mongjoo Son, No Signal, 2012, Schwarzes Gummiband, Installation view, 2012, Photo: Fred Dott / Kunstverein Hamburg.

Installation view, To Begin is to be Half Done, 2012, Foreground: Hyan Ja Kim, Kukun-bok (1849-63/2002) und Hwalot (1849-63/2002), Hochzeitskleid und Uniform, Seide, photo: Fred Dott / Kunstverein Hamburg.

Won-Jeong Yang, Go to the Paradise, 2012, Mischtechnik auf Holz, 325 x 112 cm, installation view, 2012 , photo: Fred Dott / Kunstverein Hamburg.

Installation view, To Begin is to be Half Done, 2012, Foto / photo: Fred Dott / Kunstverein Hamburg.

 

Arum Chun, Young Artist, 2006, Acrylic and ink on paper, 24 x 50 cm.