Monday, February 16, 2009

"Multiple dialogues" exhibition by Ikjoong Kang and Nam Jun Paik, National MoCA, til Feb. 2010

In commemoration of the National Museum of Contemporary Art’s 40th anniversary, a retrospective on Ikjoong Kang’s artworks will be held. At this retrospective, Ikjoong Kang’s “3x3 inches” works made over the last quarter century from the 1980s until recent years are shown in a comprehensive way. Kang has constructed an installation of hundreds of his small works, to surround Nam Jun Paik's giant TV tower installation which is the permanent centerpiece of the art museum.
Kang's installation 'Multiple dialogues', can be seen as Kang’s homage to his mentor, Namjun Paik. It is also a sequel to the 1994 two-person exhibition with Paik entitled “Multiple/Dialogue” at the Whitney Museum in New York City.
You can see a video of the exhibition opening and an interview with the artist here:

The installations are situated in the centerpiece of the Museum, known as the Ramp Core. This architectural space spirals up 22.8 meters in height and opens to the 13.8-meter diameter of a vast skylighted space. The 'Ramp core' forms the gateway to the Museum's exhibition spaces.

In 1988, Paik Nam June's work "The More, the Better" was erected in the center of the Ramp Core to welcome the public entering the Museum. The work is composed of 1003 video monitors, which make a tower 18.5 meters high and 7.5 meters in diameter. It commemorates the National Foundation Day of October 3. The combined effects of skylights and video monitors creates a mystic glow throughout the space. By taking the Ramp Core, spectators get a great view of this spectacular Paik installation, as well as
Ikjoong Kang's multiple small works which cover over 200 meters of space.

Exhibition Dates: 2009-02-06 ~ 2010-02-07
Time: November - February - 10am to 5pm (Sat., Sun., closes at 8pm)
Entry fee: permanent exhibition - free, special exhibition - 3000 won adults
Where: National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
Address: 427-701, San 58-4
(Gwangmyeong-gil 209), Makgye-dong, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do,
Republic of Korea
Tel : 82-2-2188-6000, FAX : 82-2-2188-6123,
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Website: (including English pages):
Transport information: The museum is easily reached from central Seoul by subway. Take the light blue line #4, south to stop 437, Seoul Grand Park. Take Exit 4 and either walk through the park to the museum (about 15 minutes) or catch a shuttle bus every 20 mins (starting from 9.40 a.m.).See map below.
For bus information telephone the free Tourist Information Service on 1330.

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