National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Artwork, Korea – E-Flux

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Artwork, Korea
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Papers and Concrete: Modern Structure in Korea 1987–1997 is an exhibition that examines the start of up to date Korean structure by way of the actions of structure teams that had been organized from the tip of the 1980s till the mid-1990s. The exhibition lies in an prolonged line of critiques on the phenomena of the 1990s, that are broadly carried out in artwork and tradition, at a time throughout which persons are particularly revisiting essential native and worldwide social renovations thirty years after the '87 regime and on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. On this exhibition, “concrete” represents the explosive progress in development and enhance in consumption after the democratization of Korea, the opening up of the Korean market to the world beneath the identify of globalization, and the collapse of the brief-lived prosperity, a consequence of the IMF monetary disaster in1997, whereas “papers” embody Korean structure teams’ reflection in response to those phenomena and the ensuing actions and ideologies pursued by their structure motion in Korea.

It was within the late 1980s to the mid-1990s when Korean fashionable structure went by way of a historic transition the place the muse for a range of architectural establishments together with structure schooling was solidified. On this context, this exhibition will introduce ten structure teams in Korea together with the Younger Architects Affiliation (1987–91), the Analysis Group for Architectural Actions (1989–93), the Architects Affiliation for the Individuals (1992–current), the four.three Group (1990–94), the Architects Affiliation for the Future (1993–2000), the Seoul College of Structure (1995–2002), and the Graduate College of Structure at Kyonggi College (1995–2006). Having appeared at a time when the Korean structure market loved its largest growth with a development plan for 2 million houses and growing provide for brand spanking new cities, such teams expressed vital views on the state of affairs, however the teams had been brief-lived, none surviving for greater than ten years. Their actions, nonetheless, served as indicators for the map of fashionable Korean structure’s narratives and an try to hitch the discourse on up to date international structure.

Amongst others, the Younger Architects Affiliation, dubbed the primary progressive structure motion in Korea, strove to unfold a progressive historic concept and raised questions on city architectural points comparable to redevelopment of cities, improvement of small-sized plots downtown, and the development of Yongsan Park, points that also appear related in the present day. Within the exhibition, actions of such teams and their analysis supplies will likely be disclosed to the general public for the primary time. Consisting of 14 younger architects of their 30s and 40s represented by Seung Hyo-sang, Cho Sung-ryong, and Kim In-cheol, the four.three Group afterwards moved the main target of their actions to academic organizations such because the Seoul College of Structure and the Graduate College of Structure at Kyonggi College and grew into a significant Korean structure group after finishing essential structure initiatives throughout the early 2000s, comparable to Paju Guide Metropolis.

Structure teams in Korea questioned the function of structure in society whereas pursuing enchancment of the standard of structure by addressing inside issues that arose from the design and development processes. Regardless of completely different views and attitudes, such teams got here to congregate in shared consciousness of the necessity for improved architectural schooling throughout the mid-1990s. The last decade of the 1990s was a time when Korean architects struggled to solidify the mental basis on which they may cross the border between the within and exterior of structure and re-interrogate the meanings behind “fashionable structure” within the Korean context. On this exhibition, you possibly can encounter the legacies of the “papers” and the methods wherein they confronted the world of “concrete,” an opportunity to unfold and talk about the multilayered context and horizon of up to date Korean structure.

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National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Artwork, Korea - E-Flux