MCA Museum of Contemporary Art

Tell Me Tell Me: Australian and Korean Art 1976-2011

17 Jun 2011 - 19 Feb 2012

© Louise Weaver
Grey Forester 2005
lambswool, silver thread, felt and cotton thread over high density foam
96 x 94.5 x 39 cm
City of Stonnington Collection
Image courtesy the artist and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney
17 June, 2011 - 19 February, 2012

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 project highlights the historical and ongoing connections between Australian and Korean art and showcases works from the collections of both museums.

The exhibition is a first-time collaboration between the MCA in Sydney and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul (NMOCA) and is the first stage in a two-part cultural exchange of art and ideas. 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. The core of the exhibition comprises a significant collection of historical works by important artists from both countries.

The contemporary Australian and Korean artists featured are:

Brook Andrew | Bahc Yiso | Chang-Sup Chung | Chung Seoyoung | Brown Council | John Davis | Bonita Ely | Lalara Gaiyabidja | Rosalie Gascoigne | Marr Grounds | Don Gundinga | Newell Harry | Lou Hubbard | Bob Jenyns | Tim Johnson | Stephen Jones | Chosil Kil Kim Beom | Kim Eull | Hong Joo Kim | Emily Kame | Kngwarreye Kang-So Lee | Seung-Teak Lee | U-Fan Lee | Choong-Sup Lim Robert Macpherson | Tv Moore | Nyapanyapa Yunupingu | Nam June Paik | Byoung-Choon Park | Park Chan-Kyong | Hyun-Ki Park Jooyeon Park | Insik Quac | Terry Reid | Stuart Ringholt | Noel Sheridan | Moon-Seup Shi M | Charlie Sofo | Stelarc | Christian Thompson | Ken Unsworth | Louise Weaver | Haegue Yang Yeesook Yung | Yirawala | Dongchun Yoon

Jointly curated by MCA Curator Glenn Barkley and NMOCA Curator Inhye Kim, the exhibition will be held at the National Art School Gallery, Darlinghurst and will open on 17 June 2011. It will later travel to the NMOCA in Seoul where it will be exhibited from 8 November 2011 to 19 February 2012.

Tags: Brook Andrew, Kim Beom, Park Chan-Kyong, Bonita Ely, Rosalie Gascoigne, Newell Harry, Tim Johnson, Park Jooyeon, Chosil Kil, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, H.H. Lim, Nyapanyapa, Nam June Paik, Insik Quac, Stuart Ringholt, Haegue Yang