September's must see art shows incorporate ink-and-wash and VRIn addition to the Cheongju Craft Biennale 2021, many other local biennales as well as one triennale are being unveiled in September. The following are some of the must-sees.
Jeonnam International Sumuk Biennale 2021
Mokpo City (Mokpo Culture & Arts Center) and Jindo County (Ullim Sanbang (Art) House) in South Jeolla
Sept. 1 to Oct. 31: Ink-and-wash paintings of great historical artists like Yun Du-seo (1668-1715), Huh Ryun (1809-1892) and Heo Geon (1907-1987) are on display at the Jeonnam International Sumuk Biennale. The biennale presents reinterpretations of ink-and-wash paintings and over 200 artworks from 15 countries that go beyond paintings made from just paper, pens and ink to include Western paintings, sculptures, installation art, media art and natural dyes.
The Biennale Exhibition Hall 1 held at the Mokpo Culture & Arts Museum requires reservations in advance, while the rest can be viewed on a first-come, first-served basis. For those who are unable to visit the venues, a VR exhibition is available on the biennale’s official website (www.sumukbiennale.kr), as well as videos and art brochures introducing the exhibit’s art pieces.
11th Seoul Mediacity Biennale
Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA) in central Seoul
Sept. 8 to Nov. 21: Curated by artistic director Yung Ma of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, this year’s biennale has a total of 41 artist teams — 10 local and 31 from overseas — participating. The theme is “One Escape at a Time,” exploring various perspectives of escapism amid the pandemic through popular media, like the American sitcom “One Day at a Time” (2017-20).
2021 Daegu Photo Biennale
Daegu Arts Center
Sept. 10 to Nov. 2: With the theme “Missing Agenda (Even Below 37.5),” more than 351 artists from 32 countries took part in this year’s photo biennale. Shin Sang-yong, professor of College of Fine Arts at Seoul National University, directed the exhibition, with contributions from about 50 world-famous photographers like Erwin Olaf, Sarah Choo Jing and Simon Norfolk.
The Daegu Photo Biennale will also provide an online exhibition, including VR. A tour from the curators and hands-on programs for visitors will also be available online in addition to the offline exhibit in the Daegu Arts Center. The opening ceremony will have an audience of thirty people and be streamed on Zoom.
2021 Gangwon International Triennale
The vicinity of Hongcheon County in Gangwon
Sept. 30 to Nov. 7: Turning idle spaces, such as an ammunition repair plant and a closed school, into a venue for artwork, the triennale aims to promote the culture of Gangwon. This year’s theme is “Warm Revitalization,” presenting a new outlook on life amid the pandemic, as well as natural disasters and environmental crises
BY LEE EUN-JU AND SHIN MIN-HEE [email@example.com]