Sunday, July 30, 2006

Critical Korean Art

Yesterday, Meg Rithmire and I visited the National Museum of Contemporary Art. I was deeply impressed by the depth, intellect and emotion of many of the pieces I saw. From criticism of globalization, capitalism, colonialism and Korea's consumer culture, to the struggle to define Korean identity, to sex and gender issues, to Korean's struggle to come to terms with their divided nation, this was some of the best political and historical art I had ever seen.

I'll have more to say later on some of the exhibits inside the museum (the website is very easy to navigate and will show you much of this art). Here are the fantastic sculptures outside. Even if you aren't a great art interpreter, much of this stuff speaks for itself (one small clarification--the figure in the first photo is assuming the exact same position as the guards on the border at the Demilitarized Zone):

(my personal favorite)


Tom Duddy said...

Amazing pics there Matt! Thank you so much for keeping us updated. Sounds like you are having a great trip!

Always love getting to see new places and new art. Opens up your eyes!

Levi Stannard said...

My favorite one is the one with the scales. It's just so incredibly logical, I don't know why I didn't think of that!