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Opening Year
Location
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1987
Seoul 465-16 Pyoungchang-dong, Jongro-gu
http://www.totalmuseum.org

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As the nation’s first private museum, the Total Museum of Contemporary Art started as a gallery for designers in 1976 and is located on Daehak-no, Dongsoondong in Seoul. In 1992, the museum opened a space in Pyungchangdong, Jongnogu in order to survey arts and gradually settled as the main branch. The Pyungchangdong location became a multicultural space that broadly accommodates various genres of art and culture as well as facilitating educational programs, book publications, lectures, workshops, and seminars. The museum provides an opportunity for viewers to recharge while enjoying an abundance of art. In collaboration with artists, the museum takes on a role as cultural producer generating creative vitality and unlimited experimental spirit, becoming a space of in-depth communication about and through art.

Exhibition

  • Unknown Pieces
    curated by Heo Daechan

    Artist

    Osang Gwon

    Museum

    Total Museum of Art

    Artworks

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    As it is well known, artist Kwon Oh Sang’s art is ‘photography sculpture’ works. He uses isopink, a type of styrofoam, to create forms, and puts photos on them. Photos are the parts of real human be-ings or objects, or print-outs from internet resized to fit to the forms. Through such process, his rep-resentative two dimensional and three dimensional works have been inter-disciplined to each ot...

  • A weight of Ideology_Mayday on
    curated by Nathalie boseul Shin

    Artist

    KIRA KIM

    Museum

    Total Museum of Art

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    ‘A weight of Ideology_Mayday on’ is about a status that an individual takes in contemporary society pertaining to one’s regional, national, social, and cultural position. In this project, Kira KIM explores various historical events and human activities occurred in relation to irrational boundaries, social inequality and prejudice, hegemony, contradictions and icons in history, myth, and religio...

  • KDK, space of achromatic color _curated by Choi Danbi

    Artist

    KDK -

    Museum

    Total Museum of Art

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    Inferring Expanded Space A smooth curve runs across a soft white picture plane. Dozens of photos covering the wall of the gallery each convey a shallow impression of depth while faintly emitting breath. With the new 'p' series, KDK focuses on packages, material that is used to protect items from damage, which will soon be discarded. The inexpensive artifacts exhibit their beautiful form with u...

  • Bye, specificity
    curated by Jung Hyosup

    Artist

    insook KIM

    Museum

    Total Museum of Art

    Artworks

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    In fact, the people in her photography do not seem very special to give an impression that they are having special ‘everyday’ lives. “letter to Nim(you)” which recorded the artist’s life of an year, “SAIESEO: between two Koreas and Japan” which is portrait works of some families, and “sweet Time” which continuously photographed ‘our school’, the everyday life of the people she photographed are ...

  • The Landscape, a truly creepy sublimity
    curated by JUNG HYUN MI

    Artist

    Suntag NOH

    Museum

    Total Museum of Art

    Artworks

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    The title of Suntag Noh’s exhibition may call to mind gentle and warm photographs of nature scenery. But for those who are familiar with his series might take this rather unusual as his practice is mostly on revealing and questioning unreasonable and irrational history prevalent in contemporary Korean society. The subjects of his photographs include division of South and North Korea, current p...

  • Drama of the Afterimage
    Curated by Hyosup Jung

    Artist

    Kijin Park

    Museum

    Total Museum of Art

    Artworks

    Total (4)

    People have long sought out drama. Encountering scenes of the dramatic, they have shared cheers of joy, or sometimes feelings of sadness and sympathy. The dramas of today, shared in writing or on stage or screen, are dressed up with more active elements – all the better to draw an audience response. Drama seems to function not as a mirror reflecting reality, but as a kind of fantasy. People are...

  • Veritas Lux Mea
    curated by Jung Hyosup

    Artist

    Moonho Lee

    Museum

    Total Museum of Art

    Artworks

    Total (0)

    Prisoners who have spent a lifetime chained up in a cave will mistakenly believe that the shadows cast on the walls by the sunlight to be reality. All they can do is remind themselves of the elusive shapes of the shadows that flicker by in an instant as something passes in front of the cave. To them, the real world feels like an illusion, and the fact that shadows are merely a representation of...

  • Yongbaek LEE's Solo Exhibition
    curated by Bo Seul Shin

    Artist

    Yongbaek LEE

    Museum

    Total Museum of Art

    Artworks

    Total (0)

    In art as defined by Lee Yong Baek, the artist sets the scope of self-actualization and self-limitation and clashes against these walls with the strongest determination and energy so as to disclose his artistic view to the outside world, that is, art is an indescribable shock wave. Here, the scope of self-actualization and self-limitation may be thought of as seinsverbundenheit (existential bo...

  • Spectacle of Fiction
    Curated by Hyosup Jung

    Artist

    Anna Lim

    Museum

    Total Museum of Art

    Artworks

    Total (35)

    In Anna Lim’s work 'Frozen Hero', they are conspicuously present -- in amusement parks, on university campuses, at highway rest stops, in memorial halls and parks. War machines that once projected boldness and might, these fighters and tanks now stand still in the corners of parks, emasculated of their violence and their role as weapons. Real war machines soar like arrows through the sky, race ...

  • Layer Graph of Jeoungeun Lim
    curated by Jung Hyosup

    Artist

    Jeoungeun Lim

    Museum

    Total Museum of Art

    Artworks

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    Different shapes of squares that Jeoungun Lim presents are connected with her perspectives on life like unique photographs through a camera lens. Individual panels made by glass etching technique reflect lights and create simple and firm shapes like square. Endless layers of different shadows and colors group together and paint walls with many different hues. To the artist, the shape of square...

  • Jia Chang
    curated by Bo Seul Shin

    Artist

    Jia CHANG

    Museum

    Total Museum of Art

    Artworks

    Total (15)

    Chang's solo exhibition, Speak About Things That Have Never Been Spoken, starts with mundane things. However, by delivering uncommon stories to the audience, the exhibition is intended to rethink a meaning of contemporary art with the audience. The exhibition is divided into four sections: ‘Prologue’, ‘Chapter1: Omerta’, ‘Chapter2: I Confess’, and ‘Epilogue’. The 'Prologue', which starts with...

  • Xooang Choi _curated by CHU Hyijeong

    Artist

    Xooang Choi

    Museum

    Total Museum of Art

    Artworks

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    Unfamiliar Familiarity Whenever I encounter one of Xooang Choi’s sculptures, it feels as though I’m meeting someone who resembles me. Drawn by the gaze that seems to be looking at me, I approach the artwork. Slowly observing the sculpture before me, I realize that the lively expression of the body makes the work look real. But soon I notice another strange aspect that looks somehow eccentric. ...

  • Jeonghwa CHOI's Solo Exhibition
    curated by Bo Seul Shin

    Artist

    Jeonghwa CHOI

    Museum

    Total Museum of Art

    Artworks

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    Choi's work can be looked upon as both easy and difficult; this is not just because his artistic resources such as familiar flowers, robots, and baskets are too banal and sometimes unpredictably vulgar. Instead, the idealistic messages imbedded in his artwork are allegedly too simple and straightforward for the audience to accept at face value. Particularly, the too-good-to be-true message beh...

  • WHITE _curated by KIM Euna

    Artist

    Ha Tae-Bum

    Museum

    Total Museum of Art

    Artworks

    Total (0)

    Heavy Message from White Photography is said to be an art of light. The colorful world created by light in a photograph presents a vivid image inciting viewers feel they are looking at a scene with their own eyes. If the world in the photograph, however, were presented only in white with all brightness and chroma excluded, what would we see and feel? The 'Ambivalence-Actuality' series by Ha T...

Contact Us

Address     Seoul 465-16 Pyoungchang-dong, Jongro-gu
Telephone  02-379-3994
Homepage  http://www.totalmuseum.org

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