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Announcing
Esther Schipper Seoul

Esther Schipper Seoul offices and showroom.
Photo © Hyun Jun Lee
Esther Schipper gallery is very pleased to announce the opening of its first location in Asia this September. Headed by chief executive director Sunil Kim.

“We have had the unique opportunity to grow along with the development of the Korean art community and as a gallery we will be celebrating the launch of our first location in Korea with a unique project space in the Gyeonglidan neighborhood of Seoul. This opening coincides with two international art fairs taking place in Seoul at the beginning of September: Frieze Seoul and KIAF. At KIAF we are presenting a solo booth with Roman Ondak’s historical performative work Clockwork and an updated survey of our gallery artists for the first edition of Frieze Seoul.”

—Sunil Kim

Eschewing a solely market focused gallery model, the idea of the dedicated space follows a core commitment to creating conversations and interactions between cutting edge, historically significant art and our local and international audiences. The space will feature two intimate showrooms, two offices and a rooftop deck with expansive views of the Namsan area.
Panorama view from Esther Schipper Seoul offices and showroom.
Photo © Hyun Jun Lee
Esther Schipper Seoul, is situated in the Geyonglidan-street area of central Seoul in a newly renovated building designed by studioMDA. The Gyeonglidan area has recently emerged as a central hub for the Korean art scene with both international and emerging Korean contemporary galleries relocating here. For the opening, a selection of new and important works by artists of the gallery will be presented across the three floors of the building.
 

Upcoming Art Fairs in Seoul

Frieze Seoul
Booth B23, Hall C

Photos © Jörg von Bruchhausen; © Andrea Rossetti; © David Tolley; © CHROMA; © Studio Rondinone
Frieze Seoul 2022
Booth B23, Hall C
COEX
513 Yeongdong-daero
Gangnam-gu
06164, Seoul
September 2–5, 2022
www.frieze.com
www.estherschipper.com

Esther Schipper is pleased to take part in the inaugural edition of Frieze Seoul where we present works by Rosa Barba, Martin Boyce, Angela Bulloch, Simon Fujiwara, Ryan Gander, General Idea, Rodney Graham, Philippe Parreno, Sojourner Truth Parsons, Ugo Rondinone and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané.

If you wish to receive a preview dossier, or should you have any questions about our presentation at Frieze Seoul, please contact Sunil Kim: sun@estherschipper.com
 

KIAF
Booth A54, Hall A

Roman Ondak, Clockwork, 2014 (detail), performance, dimensions variable. Photos © Gwangju Biennale
KIAF 2022
Booth A54
COEX, Hall A
513 Yeongdong-daero
Gangnam-gu
06164, Seoul
September 3–6, 2022
www.kiaf.org
www.estherschipper.com

For KIAF 2022, Esther Schipper is pleased to present a solo booth with Roman Ondak, dedicated to his work Clockwork, 2014.

A performative work, Clockwork, first presents as a red Mason line (used in construction to level) that spans the entire space. Its two ends meet near a corner, weighted with plumb bobs, marking the spot where a list of visitors will begin. During the course of the exhibition an attendant poses two questions to each visitor—“What time is it?” and “what is your name?”—and inscribes this information on the wall. The index of attendees becomes an ongoing work, observed by subsequent visitors who themselves will be added.

Click here to watch a video of the work as presented at Basel in 2016.

If you wish to receive a preview dossier, or should you have any questions about our presentation at KIAF, please contact Sunil Kim: sun@estherschipper.com
 

Concurrent Exhibitions in Republic of Korea

Hito Steyerl, Animal Spirits, 2022, single channel HD video, live computer simulation, sensor devices, glass spheres, organic materials, duration: 24 min; simulation duration variable; dimensions variable. © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022 and the artist.
Exhibition view: Hito Steyerl, A Sea of Data, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA), 2022. Photo: Hong Cheolki. © National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA)
Hito Steyerl
A Sea of ​​Data
MMCA | National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
30 Samcheong-ro 5-gil
Jongno-gu, Seoul
Through September 18, 2022
www.mmca.go.kr

Hito Steyerl, A Sea of Data at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA) is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Asia, sharing 23 of her most representative works from her early film essays with a documentary quality such as Germany and Identity (1994) and The Empty Centre (1998), to her most recent video installations reflecting on digital technology. The exhibition will premier Animal Spirits (2022), a new work commissioned by MMCA.
 
Exhibition views: Yet, With Love, PODO Museum, Jeju-do, 2022-2023. Photos © PODO Museum
Yet, With Love
With Ugo Rondinone
PODO Museum
788, Sallongnam-ro, Andeok-myeon
Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Through July 3, 2023
www.podomuseum.com

Under the theme of ‘Diaspora and All Minority of the World’, the exhibition Yet, With Love at the PODO Museum focuses on beings who are pioneering new lives beyond their geographical and emotional hometowns for various reasons.

Included in the exhibition are Ugo Rondinone's long last happy, 2020 and vocabulary of solitude, 2016.

Seen above the entrance to the museum,Rondinone's long last happy consists of an impressive and colorful site-specific neon sculpture—that can either be installed free-standing on the roof of a building, or mounted on a facade—whose rainbow-striped letters spell out a poetic statement addressed to passers-by.

Inside the museum vocabulary of solitude, 2016, a total space installation comprises window colour treatments (screen film) clown sculptures arrayed in various positions on floor, floor cover in vinyl. The window treatments include front window side and back.

Rondinone has worked with the theme of rainbows for decades. Since 1997 and his first neon work, cry me a river, the artist has created 14 neon rainbow sculptures. As a phenomenon, the rainbow is familiar yet intangible; rarely seen, it is associated with luck and serendipity. The rainbow can also be seen as a metaphor of Rondinone’s work and mentality: poetic and ungraspable in its stylistic diversity. At Frieze Seoul you will find the theme of rainbows in Rondinone's vierzehnterseptemberzweitausendundfünfzehn, 2015.
 

Concurrent Exhibitions in the Region

Exhibition view: Ryan Gander, The Markers of Our Time, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, 2022. © Ryan Gander; Courtesy the artist and Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery. Photograph by Tomoki Imai⁠ ⁠
Ryan Gander
The Markers of Our Time
Tokyo Opera City Gallery
3 Chome-20-2 Nishishinjuku
163-1403 Tokyo
Through September 19, 2022
www.operacity.jp

For The Markers of Our Time at Tokyo Opera City Gallery, Ryan Gander has combined a variety of new and older works to turn an expansive gallery into a single work. Each of the individual works splays open one or more of the elements that have fascinated the artist from early in his career—time, values (or value), education and things that get overlooked. What is the true nature of things that are important to each and every one of us? Gander's world is one where we can think about the origins of things, with a touch of humour. Loosen up your mind and dive in. That way, you should start to see the signs of the age that we live in today—the markers of our time.
 
Exhibition view: Thomas Demand: The Stutter of History, UCCA Edge, Shanghai. © the artist / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2022. Photo © UCCA Center for Contemporary Art.
Thomas Demand
The Stutter of History
UCCA Edge
2F, No. 88 Xizang Bei Lu
Jing'an District, Shanghai
July 8 – September 4, 2022
www.ucca.org.cn

UCCA Edge presents Thomas Demand’s first comprehensive survey in China.

Thomas Demand: The Stutter of History focuses on four important areas of Demand’s work: “Uncanny Histories” focuses on his large-scale photographs of seemingly banal but historically significant anonymous scenarios; “Mysteries of Everyday Life” features his smaller scale "Dailies”, works constructed from images taken with his phone; “The Architectonic Impulse,” as seen in both his “Model Studies” series and in the use of wallpaper that he creates to give his photographic and sculptural practice a spatial and architectural dimension; and “Images that Move” focuses on his explorations of stop-motion filmmaking.
 
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