Exhibitions

To begin is to be half done

December 15, 2012 - January 6, 2013

Installationsansicht, To Begin is to be Half Done, 2012, im Vordergrund: Hyan Ja Kim, Kukun-bok (1849-63/2002) und Hwalot (1849-63/2002), Foto: Fred Dott / Kunstverein Hamburg
Installationsansicht, To Begin is to be Half Done, 2012, Foto: Fred Dott / Kunstverein HamburgInstallationsansicht, To Begin is to be Half Done, 2012, Im Vordergrund: Min-Shik Choi, Busan (aus der Serie Human, 1957-2006), Foto: Fred Dott / Kunstverein Hamburg Mongjoo Son, No Signal, 2012, Installationsansicht Kunstverein Hamburg, 2012, Foto: Fred Dott / KunstvereinArum Chun, Young Artist, 2006Ji Young Song, Daisy, 2011Min-Shik Choi, Busan, 1978 (Aus der Serie "Human" 1957-2006)Won-Jeong Yang, Go to the Paradise, 2012, Installationsansicht Kunstverein Hamburg, 2012, Foto: Fred Dott / Kunstverein HamburgDoo Im Son, Vespiary I-V, 2002, Installationsansicht Kunstverein Hamburg, 2012, Foto: Fred Dott / Kunstverein

Last year, the Kunstverein Hamburg was invited by the city’s department of culture to take part in a cultural exchange between Hamburg and the city of Busan in South Korea. The aim was to develop a joint exhibition programme for both cities. The first event was a group exhibition that took place in February 2012 in Busan. It was organised and curated by the Kunstverein’s partner in South Korea, the Davin Art Space, and featured Hamburg-based artists. Kunstverein Hamburg accompanied the exhibiting artists on their trip to Busan to gain an impression of the city’s art and culture scene. During our stay, we visited many different studios and exhibitions where we saw a huge variety of artistic work and had the opportunity to meet contemporary artists working in South Korea.

For the second phase of the collaboration – an exhibition at the Kunstverein Hamburg – seven artists from Busan have now been invited to present their work on the ground floor of the Kunstverein. The exhibition will focus on dialogue and exchange, on methods of artistic production and on the creative process. The starting point for each of these themes will be the artists’ presence in Hamburg. Artist Mongjoo Son will produce a sculpture made out of thread, designed specifically for the gallery to structure the space and create a visual framework for the exhibition. The other artists Won-Jeong Yang (collage), Arum Chun (drawing), Min-Shik Choi (photography), Doo im Son (sculpture), Ji Young Song (sculpture) and Hyang Ja Kim (clothing) will present their work within these specially created display areas.

The project marks the beginning of an intensive cultural exchange between Busan and Hamburg. It gives artists from both cities the opportunity to meet and share ideas and artistic approaches. This exchange will provide the basis for further projects in the future.

In cooperation with Davin Art Space.