Transfer Korea – NRW

Manuel Graf

Manuel Graf
Let music play?, 2012
Installationsansicht Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Courtesy VAN HORN, Düsseldorf

The ninth edition of the NRW KULTURsekretariat’s international art and artist exchange programme Transfer has been devoted to its partner country, the Republic of Korea, since 2011. The Kunsthalle Düsseldorf is taking part in this project together with the Kunstmuseum Bonn, the Osthaus Museum Hagen and three museums in Seoul. Transfer Korea-NRW represents its first exchange with a non-European country and it provides thrilling insights into South Korea’s dynamic art scene. After an intense dialogue that went on for several years between numerous protagonists, institutions and the 14 jury-selected artists, each participating house conceived its own exhibition that would all be shown parallel to each other.

The Kunsthalle is presenting works by six artists. One aspect they have in common is the examination of spaces marked by different cultural connotations. Luka FINEISEN and Yeondoo JUNG present in their video a staged pictorial world of the megapolis of Seoul. At the end, the morning song of the German blackbird can be heard in the background. To the extent that Kyungah HAM has her embroideries manufactured in North Korea and then smuggles them back to Seoul, the borderline experience extends here over and above the transfer of Western and Asian art production. Manuel GRAF’s installation inquires in a referential game about the cultural conditionality of space. By linking cultural-specific articles of everyday use, Erika HOCK unfolds webs of relationships between cultural ideas and individual dealings. Kira KIM has assembled a mosaic of film images that demonstrate the dependency between the environment and everyday life.

This exhibition was made possible thanks to the support of the Embassy Branch Office of the Republic of Korea in Bonn and Samsung Electronics GmbH. The Transfer project is supported in particular by the NRW KULTURsekretariat and the North Rhine Westphalian Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport.

Bilder

Kyungah Ham

Kyungah Ham
Set in their studious corners, the players move the gradual pieces, seit 2009
188 ×184 cm, North Korean Hand Embroidery on Silk
© the artist

Kira Kim

Kira Kim
Videostills
Installationsansicht Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
© The artist

Erika Hock

Erika Hock
Jukbuin
Private Leihgabe Seoul
Courtesy COSAR HMT und die Künstlerin / and the artist

Luka Fineisen & Yeondoo Jung

Luka Fineisen & Yeondoo Jung
Twilight Seoul, 2012
Ein-Kanal-Video
Yeondoo Jung und Courtesy Galerie Rupert Pfab, Düsseldorf

Sup­port­ed by

NRW Kultur Sekretariat
Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
SAMSUNG

Part­ner­or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on

Botschaft Korea Bonn