- Tell Me Tell Me: Australian and Korean Art 1976~2011
- 10 November, 2011 - 19 February, 2012 / Gallery 1, 2 and Main hall / 5,000won
Video of 'Tell Me Tell Me' exhibition:
Tell Me Tell Me: Australian and Korean Art 1976 ~ 2011 is a part of government cultural exchange project celebrating the 50 years of diplomatic ties between Korea and Australia. For the most part, Australia is still an 'unknown country' to Koreans, and not much is known about Australian contemporary art. The only direct artistic exchange between the two countries in the last 50 years are participation of Korean artists(Lee Ufan, Sim Moon-seob, Lee Kang-so and Kwak In-sik) to the 2nd Sydney Biennale in 1976, and Nam June Paik's visit to Australia in the same year.
The seemingly arbitrary meeting of art of the two countries in 1976 became the starting point for this exhibition. The 1970s artistic discourses raised in the biennale at the time - finding art from trash, and the concept of art outside of white walls - still provide useful perspectives in contemporary art today. This exhibition favors more of a reflective attention on the past, rather than blindly progressing in the future in search for the 'new'.
'Meeting' is a 'miracle'. In this exhibition, Korea meets Australia, and 1976 meets 2011. While the two places and times have never directly met, the exhibition demonstrates that the artists have always shared and communicated with each other. Based on the song Tell Me Tell Me by the popular Korea band Wonder Girls, this exhibition hopes to offer a site of communication where one discovers him or herself through the relationship with others.
This exhibition was co-organized by Glenn Barkley, the curator Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, and Inhye Kim, the curator at National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea. The exhibition was initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Korea and Australia, and sponsored by the Australian Government, Australia-Korea Foundation, and Gordon Darling Foundation through the Australia International Cultural Council.
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