Busan Biennale 2012

Art Gallery

Thesis finished (high five) I was been able to enjoy my weekend outside the confinements of my office. On Saturday I visited the Busan Museum of Modern Art to take in some contemporary Art at the Busan Biennale 2012.

Installation art was a popular form of expression at the museum, and why not, the three-storey building is huge. I had never seen the walls so full of art or the space so well utilized.  I loved the fantastically dramatic and eerie piece Deer Horns, but ignored the tragically obscure cords and wires in a pile on the floor exhibition (I’ll spare you the photograph).

Spray paint on canvas. One of several constructed in a similar fashion with different protagonists, but this was my favourite.

RAAAAA!  Angry computer felt monster.

When I saw this print I had an overwhelming desire to grab my crayons and 5-year old self to color the whole thing in.

For me, the highlight was a collection of photos showing Korean people protesting over environmental abuses. The anger at corporate pollution and natural exploitation resonates with the people of Korea as the effects of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster begin to be felt here as well as in Japan.

This photo was taken from a wall in Kangjung on Jeju-do. It calls for peace in Kangjung waters where whales and dolphins frequent. Recent plans to resume whaling in South Korea, under the guise of ‘scientific research‘ has put these sentient beings in danger.

 

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