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REMINDER: Media City Seoul opens today

6 Sep

Media City Seoul 2010, the 6th edition of the Seoul International Media Art Biennale, opens today at the Seoul Museum of Art.

Festivities will kick off at 5:00 pm when the exhibition opens to the public for the first time.  At 5:30, Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon and Media City Artistic Director Kim Sunjung will deliver opening speeches to inaugurate the exhibition.  At 6:30, sound artist Tarek Atoui will give a high-energy performance of Un-drum 3: Semantic Scanning Electron Microscope.  The opening will wind down around 8:00 pm.

Media City Seoul 2010 runs from September 7 to November 17, at four venues in the historic downtown area of Seoul: Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), Simpson Memorial Hall at Ehwa Girl’s High School, SeMA Annex at Gyeonghui Palace, and Seoul Musuem of History.  Admission to all venues is free and open to the public.

Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Weekends/Holidays: 10:00 am – 7 pm (September-October); 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (November)

Additionally, there are guidebooks and audio guides in English available free of charge.


GALLERY: Press preview at SeMA

5 Sep

Media City Seoul 2010 kicked off yesterday, September 4 with a press preview at Seoul Museum of Art.  The event was attended by press from near and far, including journalists and industry professionals from the USA, Europe, and Asia.

The day’s events included open gallery viewing, guided tours by curators, and a sound performance by Tarek Atoui.  The reception was overwhelmingly positive, and after such a successful “soft-opening” everyone is very excited for the next two months.

GALLERY: Mark Bradford finishes installation

2 Sep

Although Mark Bradford’s massive canvas, Kingdom Day, went up on the wall last week, he finished work on it yesterday. It’s quite impressive.

I caught up with him while he was “cleaning” it.  Along with his assistant, he meticulously went over the whole canvas by hand, using rags soaked in a cleaner mixed with a plastic varnish substance.  This serves the purpose of getting all the dust and grime off the surface (don’t forget that he creates collages from found paper from the streets of South Central Los Angeles) while also coating it with a protective covering to preserve it for the future.

Check out the photos below:

GALLERY: Installation begins at Seoul Museum of Art

27 Aug

With just nine days until the VIP/press preview of Media City Seoul 2010, installation at Seoul Museum of Art has begun.  The past few days have been devoted to construction of temporary walls to create the intimate spaces where many of the video works will be presented, as well as painting and other preparations. However, with today’s arrival of co-curator Clara Kim (REDCAT, Los Angeles), the first of the photo installations are now being hung.

(Click thumbnails to magnify images)

Media City Seoul flags go up at SeMA

25 Aug

The publicity blitz continues to pick up steam: today the Media City Seoul flags were installed around the Seoul Museum of Art, replacing the Rodin flags that have been a fixture in the area for the past four months.

We’ll miss seeing The Thinker perched on all the flagposts, but it’s nice to see a change of pace.  Sadly, the flags are all in Korean!  They do look sharp, though.

UPDATE: Venue information posted

24 Aug

TRUSTblog now has venue profiles for the four venues of Media City Seoul: Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), SeMA Gyeonghuigung Annex, Seoul Museum of History, and Simpson Memorial Hall at Ehwa Girls’ High School.

Check them out over at: https://trustseoul.wordpress.com/venues/ or in the drop-down menu under “TRUSTvenues.”

Media City Seoul begins in earnest– almost

23 Aug

On the heels of Seoul Museum of Art’s tremendously successful Rodin retrospective (but then again, the museum’s shows are always incredibly well-attended and well-received), Media City Seoul will begin installing in a few short days.  The art handlers arrived at the museum early in the morning to begin the first of several days de-installing the show– no easy task, considering the heft and bulk of some of that show’s more awe-inspiring works.

More updates to come as things develop.  For now, the only thing to do is hunker down and wait for the French sculptures to take their leave.  Quite a contrast, to be sure, between a retrospective exhibition of perhaps the most celebrated sculptor since Michaelangelo and a biennial taking contemporary media art as its theme–the razor’s edge of contemporary art practice–but I think that museum-goers will be equally delighted with both.