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Gyeonggi Art Project Locus and Focus: Into the 1980s through Art Group Archives
Period/ 2019.10.29(Tue) ~ 2020.02.02(Sun)
Venue/ Special Exhibition Gallery, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art
Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation
Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art
Samhwa Paints Industrial Co. Ltd., and Sandoll Inc
The Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art is holding the Locus and Focus: Into the 1980s through Art Group Archives, which sheds light on the movements by small art groups across the Gyeonggi region who laid the foundation for contemporary Gyeonggi art, expressed through new historical viewpoints and activist aesthetics. The 1980s in Korea was a period where calls for change in society had never been stronger, and artists in the Gyeonggi-Incheon and Gyeonggi-Suwon areas served as one of the driving forces behind those changes, creating new trends at the time.

This exhibition illuminates the activities of these small art groups, which were both the cause and effect of the trends of the time, and the exhibit invites the audience to view specific scenes from history. The exhibition discovers and displays for the first time artwork created the art group Durung, which were confiscated by the police and never released in Korean Art, the Power of the 20s (1985), renovates some of the lost artwork, and brings to the attention of the world 3,000 items, including 120 major works and 1,060 records, from the 1980s that had been lost for over three decades.

On the opening day of the exhibit, a special lecture is scheduled on the topic of the small art movements during the 1980s in the Gyeonggi-Incheon and Gyeonggi-Suwon areas and the artists’ activities. Yulrim gut, which was a performance given at the founding exhibition of the art group Durung in 1984, will be also reenacted. Furthermore, the exhibition showcases video archives, which record artist interviews about art group activities, and publishes a brochure containing various records and critiques. The exhibition’s title Locus and Focus means “looking directly through the middle of an era” and is named after a point group created in Suwon in 1979, which changed its name to Locus and Focus in 1983. As the exhibition title suggests, we are expecting this exhibition to serve as a new focus in the narrative of contemporary Korean art history.
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