MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2015: Ahn Kyuchul


About the Exhibition

Ahn Kyuchul’s MMCA Hyundai Motor Series exhibition, Invisible Land of Love, brought together eight works across different genres and media, including literature, architecture, music, video, performance, and publication. Taking its title from a poem by contemporary Korean poet Ma Jong-Gi, the exhibition was Ahn’s invitation to journey to the “land of love.” Rather than fill the gallery with high-production objects, Ahn chose instead to leave space for the visitors to activate the gallery and reflect on the potential for love. “Is there such a thing as a world filled with love?,” Ahn asks. “If not, where can we find it?”

The goldfish and potted plants that were on view as “Nine Goldfish” and “Time of Plants II,” for instance, represented isolation and disconnection in hopes of encouraging the audience to consider ways isolated people may meet and connect with one another. Visitors were also invited to participate more actively in a few works, by writing a few words about something they miss on the Wall of Memories or transcribing parts of Franz Kafka’s The Castle and Ismai I Kadare’s Casa del Libro by hand for 1,000 Scribes.

About the Artist

Ahn Kyuchul (b. 1955, Seoul, South Korea) is an artist, writer, and teacher best known for his conceptual practice that considers the relationships between humans, symbols and objects. His practice also deals with the potential for contemporary art within social systems. Ahn often works with quotidian objects like tables and doors, leaving his sculptures in a state of flux to emphasize the need for action. His work is included in public and private collections including the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea and the Nam June Paik Art Centre, both in Seoul. Ahn has had recent solo exhibitions at Kukje Gallery, Busan (2021); Kukje Gallery, Seoul (2017); Gallery Skape, Seoul (2013); and Bongsan Cultural Center, Daegu (2013).

About the Program

MMCA Hyundai Motor Series

The MMCA Hyundai Motor Series is a pivotal part of the decade-long partnership between MMCA and Hyundai Motor, which aims to expand the field of Korean contemporary art and its role in the broader global dialogue. Each year, MMCA Seoul presents a major solo exhibition featuring new works by a Korean artist or collective. Accompanied by seminars and publications, this platform offers audiences an immersive encounter with the prevailing currents and vibrancy of Korean art today. The series began in 2014 with a groundbreaking exhibition by Lee Bul, followed by Ahn Kyuchul, Kimsooja, IM Heung-soon, CHOIJEONGHWA, Park Chan-kyong, Haegue Yang, MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho, and Choe U-Ram, and culminates in 2023-4 with Jung Yeondoo.

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