Seeing the Future with the Eyes of Art
As the Major Partner of the successfully closed 20th Biennale of Sydney- the largest and most captivating festival of contemporary art held in Australia-Hyundai Motor Company supported the realization of this important cultural event. Stephanie Rosenthal, artistic director of the 20th Biennale of Sydney, and artists such as Bharti Kher and Dane Mitchell, talk about the role and meaning of art in today’s world.
- What is the role of art in today’s society?
- How does it contribute to people’s life?
- What does art mean to us?
Hyundai Motor hopes to engage with people and contribute to their lives by delivering meaningful moments through art.
Meanwhile, Cockatoo Island, one of the elements that represents the event, had been used as a jail for 30 years since 1839. The island contributed to the economic growth of Sydney after housing power plants and shipyards; for safety reasons, all facilities in the island were completely shut down in 1979 and had been long neglected since. As the Sydney government turned the island into a tourism spot, however, it became to newly focused, and has been used for exhibitions of the Biennale of Sydney since 2008. Since the jail and massive industrial facilities installed in the 1800s remain intact, the viewers can have a unique experience of seeing the modern art in a space where the remains of the past century are kept untouched.
The most topical artist whose artwork is installed at the island is definitely Lee Bul. Lee Bul, who also participated in the MMCA Hyundai Motor Series, filled a hall of about 1,640 square meters with enormous sculptures made with industrial materials. Giving a visual shock with the scale of the structure, the work of Lee Bul embodies endless desire for things that are hard to reach, or cannot be reached at all.