Zeitgeist Korea, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, from November 12th, 2013 to April 27th, 2014


Among the special exhibitions to celebrate the opening of National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, the title of the exhibition Zeitgeist Korea will determine the aspect of the Korean contemporary art .

The commissioner's intention to call it Zeitgeist Korea is as in the following. First of all, I approached 'historically' to the aspect and direction of the Korean contemporary art to a certain extent. Particularly, the major streams after the Korean War are comprehended periodically, instead of being recited. Secondly, with the perspective of 'internationality' in mind, I tried to 'look back on the past' based on the premise of national, international stature of current 'Republic of Korea' regarding the art and the society. So, for that, although the commissioner would like to attract the viewer's eyes using direction, intention, effects, and etc, it's entirely the viewer's role to do so; thus it cannot be discussed anymore here in this text. Lastly, I chose the artworks with a distinct 'identity' of 'zeitgeist'. Most of the works, of course, were chosen among the Museum's collection by principle and even for that reason, it shows that the works that do not appear often in the history of Korean contemporary art are still of great importance.


Three works of Seund Ja Rhee are exhibited in the Hall 2 of this exhibition.


Exhibition period : 12/11/2013 - 27/04/2014

Venue : MMCA Seoul, 110-200 30 Samcheong-ro, Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-200