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National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, 《MMCA HYUNDAI MOTOR SERIES 2019: PARK CHAN-KYONG》

26 Oct 2019 - 23 Feb 2020



The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea has selected Park Chan-kyong as the artist for the MMCA HYUNDAI MOTOR SERIES 2019. Park Chan-kyong is internationally reputed for his video and photo works that explore subjects such as Korean division, traditional folk religion, and East Asian modernity. Sponsored by Hyundai Motor, the MMCA HYUNDAI MOTOR SERIES 2019 is a 10-year project started in 2014, supporting one major Korean artist every year to put together a solo exhibition of new works. This project was organized to help artists who have produced authentic lines of work create new large-scale works as an opportunity to refresh and develop their artistry and ultimately revitalize the Korean contemporary art scene. Park Chan-kyong is the sixth artist selected for the project, following Lee Bul (2014), Ahn Kyuchul (2015), Kimsooja (2016), IM Heung-soon (2017), and Choi Jeonghwa (2018). Through this exhibition, Park seeks to trace down and question the meaning of conventionalized systems such as the museum and art history, and their functions in the context of Korean and East Asian geography and culture. He has chosen to unravel the story in correlation with East Asian myths, cultural heritage, history, and discourses on modernity. Moreover, Park will examine other potential functions of artistic language in the contemporary period christened “post-disaster.” Park’s artistic theme is also in line with the MMCA’s 50th-anniversary objective to rethink the role and identity of a public museum in the context of Korean modern and contemporary art history. This exhibition will be held from Saturday, October 26, 2019, till Sunday, February 23, 2020, in Gallery 5 of MMCA Seoul, featuring various installations in addition to videos and photographs.

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