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artists & participants
Tell Me Tell Me: Australian and Korean Art 1976-2011 is a major exhibition of Korean and Australian contemporary art celebrating 2011 as the Australian-Korean Year of Friendship.
The exhibition highlights the historical and ongoing connections between Australian and Korean art and showcases works from the collections of both the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Sydney, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art (NMOCA), Seoul.
Tell Me Tell Me is inspired by pioneering video and performance artist Nam June Paik’s 1976 visit to Sydney which was one of John Kaldor’s earliest Projects, and the 1976 Biennale of Sydney which included a group of important Korean artists. It explores conceptual, fluxus and technological art being created in both Korea and Australia at that time and regional variations in both countries over three decades to the present day. The exhibition also explores the idea of artists using recent art histories to influence new work and sculpture, installation and object-based art forms now under the weight of conceptualism.
The core of the exhibition comprises a significant collection of historical works by important artists from both countries, including Nam June Paik, Marr Grounds, Terry Reid, Noel Sheridan, Stelarc, Shim Moon-Seup, Kang So-Lee, Insic Quik, Rosalie Gascoigne, Gaiyabidja Lalara, Don Gundinga and Lee U Fan. Their work is shown alongside a younger generation of artists including Brook Andrew, Louise Weaver, Nyapanyapa, Charlie Sofo, Brown Council, Lou Hubbard, Stuart Ringholt, TV Moore, Beom Kim, Yeesookyung, Haegue Yang, Hyun Ki Park, Chung SeoYoung, Kim Eull, Ken Unsworth, Newell Harry ...
National Art School alumni Ken Unsworth and Newell Harry are featured in Tell Me Tell Me. Ken Unsworth is one of Australia’s most renowned artists, originally studying painting at the National Art School, his work began to embrace performance, sculpture and site-specific installations. Recently he created the monumental A Ringing Glass (Rilke) project on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour in 2009.
Trained at the National Art School from 1993-1995, Newell Harry’s work adopts visual and spoken language from across cultures and continents. Combining his experiences and collaborations with communities from Australia; Cape Town, South Africa, where his family is originally from; and Pacific islands such as Vanuatu where he has spent a significant amount of time, the artist creates explicit yet modest works that intentionally blur cultural and gender specificity. His work was featured in the 2010 Biennale of Sydney, The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survivial in a Precarious Age.
The National Art School has been delighted to partner with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, to present the exhibition Tell Me Tell Me. This partnership marks another important exchange for the National Art School with artists and organisations in Korea. For the past decade NAS has worked on a number of projects with Hong-Ik University and Kongju National University, involving artist residencies, education, and exhibitions.
Jointly curated by MCA Curator Glenn Barkley and NMOCA Curator Inhye Kim, the exhibition was presented at the National Art School Gallery, Darlinghurst in July and August 2011 and will be exhibited from 8 November 2011 to 19 February 2012 at the NMOCA, Seoul.
Tell Me Tell Me: Australian and Korean Art 1976 – 2011 is a partnership between the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea presented in association with the National Art School, Sydney.
TELL ME TELL ME
Australian and Korean Art 1976–2011
Kuratoren: Glenn Barkley, Inhye Kim
Ort: National Art School Gallery, Sydney
Künstler: Nam June Paik, Marr Grounds, Terry Reid, Noel Sheridan, Stelarc , Shim Moon-Seup, Kang So-Lee, Insic Quik, Rosalie Gascoigne, Gaiyabidja Lalara, Don Gundinga, Lee Ufan, Brook Andrew, Louise Weaver, Nyapanyapa , Charlie Sofo, Brown Council , Lou Hubbard, Stuart Ringholt, TV Moore , Beom Kim, Yeesookyung , Haegue Yang, Hyun Ki Park, Chung SeoYoung, Kim Eull ...
17.06.2011 - 24.08.2011 Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
10.11.2011 - 19.02.2012 National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea