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Collection Highlight 2 _ All of Us Were Great Loners
Collection Highlight 2 _ All of Us Were Great Loners
  • Period 2020-07-17~2021-10-03
  • Work Type Internal
  • Artworks Count 20
  • Place 3F
  • Contact 051-744-2602
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Collection Highlight 2 _ All of Us Were Great Loners
Collection Highlight 2
All of Us Were Great Loners

All of Us Were Great Loners is an exhibition of Busan Museum of Art’s collection, focusing on figure paintings after 2000. The figures of ‘human’ in the works in the exhibition are embedded with the social conditions and symbols. They are the ‘speakers’ that reflect the artists’ world view. The world seen by today’s artists or humans is filled with consumer capitalism, spaces of authority and institution, ideologies, and intense daily life. The humans in such a world are represented through artists’ unique expressive ways with subjects ranging from the restoration of humanity, materialization of desire, division and isolation, and struggle. As such, the current exhibition aspires to show how humans depicted in contemporary art reveal, resist, and are hopeful for the world.

All of Us Were Great Loners presents three themes. Firstly, the exhibition presents how self-portraits by contemporary artists have shown the changes in the ideas and status of agency, showing what the artists wanted to tell to the world. The changes in the ideas of agency in figure paintings reflect not only the artists’ inner minds but also the social conditions encompassing the culture and social practices.

Secondly, the exhibition presents how humans are recognized as mere components of the social system, suffering isolation and division. This show how humans in the diversified and sophisticated informational media society delve into existential questions.

Lastly, the exhibition presents humans who make progress while recognizing the unreasonable institutions and absurdities. If the human history is made of a continuation of the results of visible or invisible struggles, artists are seismometers that sense such series of movements.

In All of Us Were Great Loners, the Korean poet Gi Heyongdo’s ‘poems,’ which tacitly amuse nihilism and tragic romanticism, represent the exhibition’s themes. The title of the exhibition also appropriates the poet’s words. Poem is an art form that can reach the essence of the world by not describing everything. In this sense, art and poem are the same yet different. In All of Us Were Great Loners, these two genres encounter with each other and agitate their counterparts, opening a pathway towards a new world.

The world is constantly drifting and changing. However, we continue to live and exist. With the exhibition All of Us Were Great Loners, it is hoped that we render the words that sing that we were all great loners as the poet Gi Hyeongdo has written.
Work Introduction

  • 부시2001과 곽 Bush 2001 and Kwak관련 첨부 이미지 곽덕준 Kwak Duckjun
    부시2001과 곽 Bush 2001 and Kwak
    2001
    Photography
    147x103cm
  • 자화상 Self-Portrait관련 첨부 이미지 앤디 워홀 Andy Warhol
    자화상 Self-Portrait
    1970s
    Color print on paper 10/20
    60×50cm
  • 여인 Woman관련 첨부 이미지 윤석남 Yun Suknam
    여인 Woman
    2005
    Mixed media(Wooden door, acrylic on wood)
    85x100cm
  • Men on the street관련 첨부 이미지 서용선 Suh Yongsun
    Men on the street
    2002
    Acrylic on canvas
    145×112.3cm
  • 비정규직 노동자 A Non-Regular Worker 관련 첨부 이미지 박자현 Park Jahyun
    비정규직 노동자 A Non-Regular Worker
    2008
    Ink on paper
    162×118cm
  • Age-7624관련 첨부 이미지 이진이 Lee Jeaney
    Age-7624
    2013
    Oil on canvas
    111.5 ×194cm
  • 망각과 기억 no.9 Amnesia and Memory no. 9관련 첨부 이미지 장 샤오강 Zhang Xiaogang
    망각과 기억 no.9 Amnesia and Memory no. 9
    2002
    Oil on canvas
    205x260cm
  • 부서진 얼굴 Broken face관련 첨부 이미지 안창홍 Ahn Changhong
    부서진 얼굴 Broken face
    2008
    Acrylic on canvas
    300×210cm
  • 결혼 Wedding관련 첨부 이미지 노원희 Nho Wonhee
    결혼 Wedding
    1996
    Acrylic on canvas
    162×130cm