"Today Will Happen" Exhibition at the Gwangju Civic Center
Curated by President of the Palais de Tokyo, Jean de Loisy, and Head of Exhibitions at the Asian Cultural Center, Kim Seong Won, the exhibition Today Will Happen takes us to the world where 11 artists try to figure out how they can connect their traditions with other cultures they have experienced, and what meanings they can produce out of it. By 20th of October, don’t miss a chance to overcome the boundaries of cultures at Gwangju Civic Center!
Today Will Happen brings together 11 artists from the French and Asian scenes who are inspired by language as a motor for invention and the metamorphoses of form. The exhibition takes its title from Michel Houellebecq’s poem of the same name, published in The Art of Struggle in 1996. The poem is used as a material that inspires, then becomes blurred and is modified once more from its association with the works in the exhibition.
Entering the 1st floor of Gwangju Civic Hall, visitors will be first introduced to the installation of Hao Ni. In this work, various cheap and mass-produced wind instruments from both the east and the west are heavily manipulated and woven into a large rhizomatic steel structure. Structure Study V is the latest work of Hao Ni’s Structure Studies – performances and sculptural installations that explore the relationship between sound and history of violence.
Approaching the stairs leading to the 2nd floor, attendants would not miss a huge wooden structure, a work produced by Leonard Martin. “Echappee guere” is an installation that takes its narrative and architectural structure from the writings of James Joyce. Many of visitors will spot that technical solutions, chaotically crafted with wood evoke the beginnings of cinema and the fragility of our humanity.
2nd floor welcomes visitors with small-format paintings made by Louise Sartor. Sartor paints the fleeting reality of modern time. All the works presented reflect ordinary lives, stolen moments, or passing figures. Sartor’s ripped paintings are followed by Julien Creuzet work, that generally combines poetry, song, images and the objects of installations to be walked through. The open exchange between the work and the visitor raises the idea that neither the creator’s identity nor the collective identity are set in stone.
Finally, the last 3d floor will introduce visitors to artworks of Louise Sartor, David Douard, Michel Houellebecq and Berdaguer&Pejus. There are little doubt hearts of visitors will be touched by these 5 artists’ works that the exhibition presents!
Visitors will be able to enjoy the exhibition by October, 20 at Gwangju Civic Center.
The admission is free and there are no age restrictions.
Don’t miss a chance to visit an exhibition co-produced by ACC, Palais de Tokyo, and the Institut Français!
Written by: Oleg Smagin, 11th ACC Reporters Corps
Photo by: Oleg Smagin, 11th ACC Reporters Corps
Design by: Minhee Jo, 11th ACC Reporters Corps