Monday, October 15, 2012

[Exhibition] Daegu Art Museum’s October exhibitions!

Daegu Art Museum’s October exhibitions

Daegu Art Museum’s October exhibitions are ready to be introduced! 
Please check this month's exhibition information below.

Kim Yungzai: Kim Yungzai
September 25. 2012 ~ January 20. 2013
Artists: Kim Yungzai

The exhibition Kim Yung Zai displays about 50 oil paintings, including his donations of 19 of his early works from the 1960s and more recent geometric works produced in 2012. This retrospective exhibition is the exhibition commemorating his donations of 19 pieces of his art works to the Daegu Art Museum as well.

Kim Yung Zai was born in Bonghwa, Gyeongbuk, Korea in 1929. He entered Konkuk University majoring in political science and diplomacy. At the age of over thirty, he entered the graduate school of Hongik University to realize his old dream. Kim Yung Zai took the class over from Prof. Kim Hwanki at Hongik University.

Kim Yung Zai has produced various striking paintings based upon his experiences, from the domestic natural environment, including mountains and rivers, to worldwide aspects of nature. In the 1960s, he painted mainly works reflecting the country's anxious mental predicament after the Korean War.
In the 1970s, he produced landscapes featuring the balance between geometric river courses and representational riversides characterized by brighter scenery. Kim Yung Zai, who became fascinated by mountains after climbing the Alps in 1979, has focused on the theme of mountains and pioneered his own unique mountain painting style. His landscapes overwhelm spectators with simple ridges, perspectives made by surfaces with subtle contrasts and blue solid tones.

(Source: Daegu Art Musium)

The film 2012: Switchingon the Darkness, Another Word
September 25. 2012~ January 20. 2013
Kim Gurim, Kim Beomsoo, Kim Siheon, No Jaewoon, Muin, Park Gyeongjoo, Park Jooyeon, Seok Seongseok, Lee Jangwook, Lee Yeongho, Kim Yeongnam, Park Gyeonggeun, Park Changyeong, Jeong Yoonseok.

The Film 2012
- part 1   Switching on the Darkness  (2012. 9. 25. ~ 2013. 11. 25.)
- part 2   Another Word (2012. 12. 4. ~ 2013. 1. 20.)

In the purview of various issues on contemporary art and films, the exhibition on view intends to focus on the meaning and value of film, and especially the material of film. Among the many words to describe movies, the term ‘film’ is deeply correlated to the materialistic property of films and its aesthetic significance. Film is an art of material, an art of consciousness and an art of time. This is the very reason that the show has been arranged around the material properties of film stock, and the observation of its bridging with the field ofcontemporary art.

The first part, ‘Switching on the Darkness’ metaphorically expresses the moment when the era of movies started. The title means rather than switching on light, by switching on the darkness, one can see new light. The exhibition intends to observe the relationship between art and film since its material inception while presenting various films and installations that are created based upon the artists’ diverse thoughts and attitudes towards film. All ten artists and thirteen artworks are exhibited.

In the title of the second part of the exhibition, ‘Another Word’, the word ‘another’ means ‘different’, but it also means ‘something in addition’or‘something similar’. Considering film as something similar to art, this show features several works of artists and film directors in order to observe what takes place at the cross-point of film and art, or film and media-art from the present viewpoint.

(Source: Daegu Art Musium)

Shin Sangho: Byproduct
September 18. 2012 ~ February 11. 2013
Artists: Shin Sangho

As a pioneer in contemporary ceramic art, SHIN Sangho (b. 1947) has never blindly followed traditions, and he has always sought constant change. In the current exhibition at Daegu Art Museum , he introduces Byproduct, a collection of new works that bring together military surplus and brightly colored ceramics.

His current exhibition at DAM takes place inside the Umi Hall and in the museum’s outdoor space, presenting intriguing and dynamic works that exude vitality. There are, among others, the ever stately Don Quixote and the lookout; a helicopter and a pilot ready to take off any time; a wall clock indicating infinity and repetition of a sound; battlefield weapons; a “pill box” for healing the injured; a cryptograph in numbers; a bust of an imaginary guardian deity from antiquity; and an alien in the midst of communication via an antenna. These works have odd forms; it is as if the past and future, and the real and the imaginary, are mixed to give a new breed of time and form. The mammoth size and the bright colors of the works, and the convergence of diverse materials in them, also add powerful artistic energy to his work, as mutually different elements crash with and entangled in each other.

In the case of works that use discarded military equipment, they portray an image of a war, but war itself is not the theme in these works. From the various weapons of war and military supplies born out of the state-of-the-art industry and technologies, Shin traces our shamanistic instincts and abstract values as represented by ‘information’, ‘industry’, and ‘science’, which are all related to life. Thus, to the artist, the military weapons, supplies, and equipment are the steadfast and state-of-the-art materials that allow him to chart his way to the origins of the deepest human desires, and these objects thus play a crucial role in his work. Furthermore, the use of mass-produced and easily-discarded industrial products in his work is consistent with the Dadaists’ use of the ready-made in their art works. Outside of the field of art history, this practice also speaks well to the environmental issue of recycling.

In reference to his own works, Shin has said that they are “products produced in advanced industrial society that became art when they encountered me; in other words, they are byproducts derived from today’s civilization.” Ultimately, his byproducts are a profile of contemporary society that continuously transforms itself along with changes in science and technology. At the same time, these are objects that dictate to us that we look for our natural instincts. The brilliance in his body of work is packed with the power of color and material, and the freedom that crisscrosses different genres and time and space; it guides us to the mystical world of the imaginary and charges us to venture onto the path of seeking our primal instincts.

(Source: Daegu Art Musium)

   Admission guide 

> Viewing hours

- April to October (10AM ~ 7PM)
- November to March of Following Year (10AM ~ 6PM)
- Off Days (Every Monday)
If a national holiday falls on Monday, the museum will be open but closed the following day.

> Viewing Rate

- Children and Teenagers (7~19), Soldiers Individual: 700 Won / Group(20 or more): 500 Won
- Adults Individual: 1,000 Won / Group(20 or more): 700 Won
- Elders 65 or above and disabled people: Free
- Children who are 6 or under: Free


> Subway

Free shuttle bus to the museum is available every 30 minutes at exit 5 of Daegu Grand Park Station on line2.

> Bus

- 604: Seolhwaodng-Seobu Bus Stop-Nambu Pilice Station, Beommuldong-Daegu Art Hall-Donghodong
- 403: Joyadong-Suseonggyo-Beommuldong-Front of Daedeok Village-Samdeokdong-Stadium-Sawoldong

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