Hyundai Artlab

Ahn Kyuchul: Invisible Land of Love

MMCA
2015
MMCA Hyundai Motor Series
Nine Goldfish, 2015
Nine Goldfish, 2015
Image provided by MMCA

MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2015: Ahn Kyuchul - Invisible Land of Love

September 15 2015 – February 14 2016, MMCA Seoul

About the Exhibition

As the artist for the MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2015, Ahn Kyuchul explored the meaning of contemporary time and art with eight works that fused different genres. The exhibition tit...

As the artist for the MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2015, Ahn Kyuchul explored the meaning of contemporary time and art with eight works that fused different genres. The exhibition title Invisible Land of Love is from a poem by Ma Jong-Gi, and it expresses the artist’sefforts to contemplate the meanings of things that are absent here and now. Ahn’s new works for MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2015: Ahn Kyuchul – Invisible Land of Love unveiled works that go beyond boundaries of art, covering the genres of literature, architecture, music, video, performance, and publication. Nine Goldfish, Time of Plants II, and The Back Side of Objects are conceptual works searching for clues that provoke careful deliberation from everyday objects. 64 Rooms and Room of Silence emphasize architectural elements and expand viewers’ physical and sensory experiences. 1,000 Scribes - engaging participants to transcribe literature works - and Wall of Memories were realized in collaboration with the visitors as Ahn wished to present the exhibition as an open process. By revealing ‘invisible’ thoughts that were hidden behind overflowing of images and sensory stimulation around us and calling out the names of things we have lost, he invited us for a journey to the ‘land of love’.

Ahn Kyuchul (born in Seoul, Korea, in 1955), is best known for his deep examination on life including his exploration of humans, objects and a possible alternative to contemporary art and its function. He is an artists, writer and a teacher making extensive efforts to broaden and expand the boundaries of art. Ahn often works with daily objects like a table, or a door with no real meaning or aesthetic value while exploring what contemporary art could be. His work is represented in public and private collections including the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, and Nam June Paik Art Centre. Including his survey exhibition The Other Side of Things at Kukje Gallery Busan (2021), in recent years he held solo exhibitions at Kukje Gallery Seoul (2017), Gallery Skape (2013) and Bongsan Cultural Center, Daegu (2013).