June 8, 2011

Tell Me Tell Me: Australian and Korean Art 1976–2011 A MCA Sydney and MOCA Seoul Collaboration

Tell Me Tell Me: Australian and Korean Art 1976-2011 
MCA Sydney off-site exhibition at the National Art School Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney, 17 June - 24 August 2011 
National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea, Seoul, 8 November 2011 - 19 February 2012 

Yeesookyung, While Our Tryst Has Been Delayed, 2010, DVD, 16:25 mins, sound 
Image Courtesy and © Yeesookyung

TELL ME TELL ME: AUSTRALIAN AND KOREAN ART 1976-2011 is a major new exhibition of Korean and Australian contemporary art celebrating 2011 as the Australian-Korean Year of Friendship. 

The exhibition is a first-time collaboration between the MCA in Sydney and the National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea in Seoul (MOCA Korea) and is the first stage in a two-part cultural exchange of art and ideas. The project highlights the historical and ongoing connections between Australian and Korean art and showcases works from the collections of both museums. Due to the MCA's redevelopment the exhibition take place at the National Art School Gallery, Darlinghurst. Tell Me Tell Me: Australian and Korean Art 1976 - 2011 will be exhibited at the MOCA Korea in Seoul from 8 November 2011 to 19 February 2012. 

It is inspired by Nam June Paik’s 1976 visit to Sydney and the 1976 Biennale of Sydney, that included a group of important Korean artists. Tell Me Tell Me 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. 

Louise Weaver, It would seem that eyes can live without hearts (Oracle Fox), 2005  
wool, foam, glass, felt, nylon, cotton, perspex, plastic, lurex thread, Swarovski crystals, 
wood  53 x 50 x 30 cm (fox)  37 x 61.5 x 67 cm (base)  
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, purchased with the assistance of Jill & Michael Hawker, 
Andrew Cameron, John Reid, Mark Nelson, and silent pledge at Bella Dinner, 2006  
Image courtesy the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney © Louise Weaver 

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, Ken Unsworth, Moon-Seup Shim, Kang So-Lee, Insik Quac, Rosalie Gascoigne, Gaiyabidja Lalara, Don Gundinga and U-Fan Lee.

The contemporary Australian and Korean artists featured include Brook Andrew, Louise Weaver, Nyapanyapa, Charlie Sofo, Brown Council, Lou Hubbard, Stuart Ringholt, TV Moore, Beom Kim, Park Chan Kyong, Haegue Yang, Kim Eull, Hyun Ki Park, Chung Seo-Young, Jooyeon Park. 

Jointly curated by MCA Sydney Curator GLENN BARKLEY and MOCA Seoul Curator INHYE KIM

This exhibition is a partnership between the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, presented in association with the National Art School, Sydney. Supported by the Australian Government through the Australia International Cultural Council and the Australia-Korea Foundation, initiatives of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.