MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2018: CHOIJEONGHWA


About the Exhibition

For the MMCA Hyundai Motor Series 2018 exhibition, artist CHOIJEONGHWA created Blooming Matrix, a spatial installation that brought together a collection of objects from different places to coexist in harmony. Through a forest made of approximately 120 erect towers of flowers, in a space where light and darkness contrast, the artist blended time and space and connected heaven and earth, transforming the gallery into a space of silence and memory.

About the Artist

CHOIJEONGHWA (b. 1961, Seoul, South Korea) is known for using common, cheap, and discarded everyday materials in his work, from plastic baskets and brooms to piggy banks and balloons. In addition to the eponymous artwork, the exhibition comprised “Dandelion,” “Ice Flower,” and “Young Flower.” Made from approximately 7,000 pieces of tableware donated by residents of Seoul, Busan, and Daegu, the nine-meters tall “Dandelion” weighed nearly four and was presented in MMCA Seoul’s madang, or front yard. Each work manifested the artist's intention to give meaning to objects that have lost their functions, sublimating them into art. Working in wood, steel, and cloth in addition to plastic, which has been representative of his work thus far, the artist revealed an expanded materiality of objects.

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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