20th edition of MMCA's biennial 'Young Korean Artists' exhibition features 15 emerging artists
Updated: 2021-06-07 10:00:30 KST
Lee Bul, Choi Jeonghwa and Lee Hyungkoo.
These well-recognized Korean artists were first introduced through the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art's "Young Korean Artists" program.
"As one of a premier exhibition programs held by the MMCA, "Young Korean Artists" was first held in 1981, making this year its 40th anniversary."
The exhibition has been discovering and housing emerging artists based on the MMCA curators' recommendations and outside experts' research and discussion.
The curator says this year showcases 15 boundary-pushing artists who come up with art through an extended range of media.
"It is meaningful to present artists who have explored their own artistic properties in a variety of fields such as painting, sculptures, installations, media-art, pottery and photography."
One artist tried to show the need for ecological balance in our lives using natural materials such as weeds and clay, while another found motives from Dante's "Divine Comedy" and used porcelain to show human desires and anxiety.
Though each artist varies in how they express their perspectives on society, there was one experience they all had in common: the pandemic.
One artist focused on how the pandemic has made lots of people nostalgic.
"I have restored a record store from a bright city during the late 1980s and early 90s to show the times when economy was developing fast. I used hi-fi audio and old records. Such images usually serve as the background of the 'city-pop' genre too."
Another artist filmed an acrobat navigating an abandoned water intake plant, showing how in unprecedented times of disaster, physical senses can be more valid than knowledge.
Those interested in seeing Korea's young artists' adventurous attitudes can find the exhibition at the MMCA in Gwacheon until September 22nd.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang news.