Brilliant Collaborators

Brilliant Collaborators

Ilmin Museum of Art

Jung Young Doo, A Drawing from the Choreography Note of ‘My Sky,’ 2005. Pen on paper, 10 x 10 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

June 26, 2013

Brilliant Collaborators
June 28—August 25, 2013

Opening: June 27, 5pm

Ilmin Museum of Art
139 Sejong-no, Jongno-gu, 
Seoul 110-050, Korea 
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am—7pm, 
Friday 11am—8pm

Artists Kwon Byungjun, David Michael DiGregorio (a.k.a dogr), Jang Young Gyu, Jung Young Doo, and Choi Choon

Curated by Kim Hyunjin, Chief Curator, Ilmin Museum of Art 

Please see website for performance and lecture information. 

The Ilmin Museum of Art appointed Hyunjin Kim as its chief curator in April 2013 for the expansion of its exhibitions and public programs, and Brilliant Collaborators is her first exhibition at the museum. 

The exhibition Brilliant Collaborators focuses on collaborative artists who have proven to be notable interlocutors and partners in the production of contemporary art. It revisits the intricate subject of collaboration and the often-unseen processes of collaborative artists. With collaboration being a generally established feature of contemporary art production, this exhibition investigates the subject of collective creativity that is generated by collaborative production. It furthermore examines the concept of authorship; though art was traditionally the domain of single or individual artists, we can now re-evaluate authorship through the complexities produced by the collaborative working process that have been introduced into art.

This exhibition features the artists Kwon Byungjun, David Michael DiGregorio (a.k.a dogr), Jang Young Gyu, Jung Young Doo, and Choi Choon. Over the past several years, these five artists—who have produced superlative work in areas including music, performance, architecture, and choreography—have not only expanded their fields through their flexible and mutual conversations and collaboration with visual artists but are also achieving distinction in their own areas of work. The exhibition constructs an archive, bringing together for the first time individual works by these artists as well as products of their collaborations. 

The exhibition seeks to gain insight into the artists’ process of creation through displaying archival materials showing the artists’ methods and results of collaboration. Through these artists’ collaborative projects one can also encounter the works of other contemporary artists, directors, and choreographers—including Kim Sung Hwan, Kim Sora, Kim Jee Hyun, Park Chanwook, Do Ho Suh, Ahn Eun Me, Yun Sabi, Rhii Jewyo, and Lim Minouk—who demonstrate the vibrant practices of the contemporary visual arts scene. Through this exhibition the Ilmin Museum of Art offers a chance for visitors to further understand and investigate how artists’ practices are met, embraced, translated, applied, combined and intermixed in this complex domain.

Hyunjin Kim has previously worked as Assistant Curator at the Artsonje Center, Research/Guest Curator at the Van Abbemuseum, IASmedia Curator at Insa Art Space, and co-curator of the 7th Gwangju Biennale in 2008. Her independently curated exhibitions include Sadong 30 (Sadong house, Incheon, 2006); Rhii Jewyo: Ten Years, Please (Gallery27, Uiwang-si, 2007); Movement, Contingency and Community(Gallery27, Uiwang-si, 2007); Perspective Strikes Back (L’appartement 22, Rabat, 2010); and The Song of Slant Rhymes (Kukje Gallery, Seoul, 2013). Her writings have been published in numerous journals and exhibition catalogues.

Ilmin Museum of Art
The Ilmin Museum of Art has been a center of contemporary visual art and culture since 1996. It is located in Gwanghwamun, where contemporary urban skylines live together with old palaces of the Joseon Dynasty. Not only is the museum located at a geographical intersection of past and present in the heart of Seoul; its building is symbolic of the modern history of the Gwanghwamun area, constructed in 1926 during the Japanese occupation as the headquarters of the leading Korean newspaper, Dong-A Ilbo, which was based in the building until the opening of Ilmin museum in December 1996. The building re-opened in 2002 after undergoing renovations to preserve its traditional form while giving its architecture a contemporary appearance. It was designated as one of Seoul’s ten cultural assets of modern architecture in 2010 for its historical significance.

The Ilmin Museum of Art has offered exhibitions, lectures, documentary film archives, screenings, and publications on the diverse visual culture of today. In 2012 the Dong-A Ilbo’s newspaper museum, Pressium, moved and re-opened on the fifth and sixth floors of the museum, creating a new, expanded art museum complex. Through curating and organizing a variety of exhibitions that embrace contemporary visual art with local and international interests, the Ilmin Museum of Art seeks to create a dynamic space to lead contemporary discourse and aesthetics. Endeavoring to facilitate diverse communications with its audiences, the Ilmin Museum of Art wishes to be a progressive producer of visual culture at the forefront of our time.      

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