SEOUL/VENICE, April 22, 2022 – Hyundai Motor Company returns to the 59th La Biennale di Venezia (‘Venice Biennale’), from April 23 to November 27, 2022, following a year-long delay, to support the Gyre exhibition at the Korea Pavilion at Giardini di Castello in Venice, Italy.
As the main sponsor of the Korean Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia since 2015, Hyundai Motor has reaffirmed its longstanding support for the contemporary arts and culture with its fourth consecutive exhibition sponsorship, following shows in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
Venice Biennale, also known as the ‘Olympics of the Art World,’ is one of the most prestigious international art exhibitions, with more than 120 years of history, providing a global stage for the world’s most renowned artists. It also operates the National Pavilion, an independent exhibition space for each country.
This is the first Venice Biennale to open in three years due to the pandemic. Titled ‘The Milk of Dreams’ (‘Il latte dei sogni’), this year’s biennale focuses on three themes: the representation of bodies and their metamorphoses, the relationship between individuals and technologies, and the connection between bodies and the Earth.
The Korean Pavilion’s Gyre exhibition, commissioned by Arts Council of Korea and curated by Young-chul Lee, presents a series of interconnected and large-scale installations by artist Yunchul Kim, that will invite visitors into an alternative universe wherein objects, beings and nature coexist. The artist previously participated in the Hyundai x Elektra: METAMORPHOSIS exhibition held at Hyundai Motor Studio Seoul in 2020.
The exhibition will invite visitors on a journey into the world of materials under the main topic of ‘Gyre’ (defined as a spiral or vortex) centered around three main themes: ‘The Swollen Suns,’ ‘The Path of Gods’ and ‘The Great Outdoors.’ His seven installations, including three new artworks, will work together like a breathing body, powered by invisible matter to decentralize anthropocentric perceptions of reality.
“As a global society, one of the things we’ve missed the most during the pandemic is the joy of sharing cultural experiences, like this captivating and thought-provoking exhibition,” said Thomas Schemera, Global Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Customer Experience Division of Hyundai Motor Company. “Through this partnership and others like it, Hyundai Motor will continue to support the creative experiment of arts and technology to provide unique experiences that help bring humanity together.”
Since 2015, Hyundai Motor has supported the Korean Pavilion at the 56th, 57th, 58th and 59th Venice Biennale and the 20th and 21st Biennale of Sydney. In conjunction to the exhibition, this year’s Korean Pavilion runs various public programs in hybrid formats (visit www.korean-pavilion.or.kr for more information).
Hyundai Motor’s commitment to supporting art initiatives and its global communities has led to long-term partnerships with global museums, such as National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA), Tate, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), since 2013. The aim is to encourage new ways of thinking about art and the values and connections it can create by supporting initiatives where artists, communities and institutions come together to offer transformative experiences and drive progress for humanity.
About Yunchul Kim
Yunchul Kim (b. 1970, South Korea) is an artist and an electronic music composer whose practice focuses on the artistic potential and the reality of matter through installation, drawings, writing, and music. Informed by his transdisciplinary research combining philosophy, chemistry, physics, mathematics, cosmology, anthropology, and mythology he considers the complex entanglement of beings between human, non-human, and things by examining the ‘world of materials’. He led the research group Mattereality at the Korea Institute for Advanced Study. He was a member of the artistic research project group Liquid Things at University of Applied Arts Vienna, and the art and science project team Fluid Skies. He is the winner of the 2016 Collide International Award at CERN, and has been awarded by VIDA 15.0, Arts Electronica, and Transmediale. In 2014, he founded Studio Locus Solus in Seoul. His recent presentations include Yokohama Triennale, Japan (2020); KUMU, Estonia (2020); National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan (2020); iMAL, Belgium (2020); CCCB, Spain (2019); and ZKM, Germany (2018).
About Hyundai Motor’s Art Projects
Hyundai Motor Company has been supporting art initiatives driven by long-term partnerships with global museums - the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA), Tate, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) since 2013, along with major partnerships for the Korean Pavilion at the 56th, 57th, 58th, and 59th Venice Biennale and the 20th and 21st Biennale of Sydney. The newly established Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational encourages innovative ways of thinking about art and global art histories, and in partnership with global media group Bloomberg, Hyundai Motor Company connects international audiences with artists exploring the convergence of art and technology.
Visit http://artlab.hyundai.com or follow @hyundai.artlab #HyundaiArtlab to learn more about these projects.
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About Hyundai Motor Company
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is present in over 200 countries with more than 120,000 employees dedicated to tackling real-world mobility challenges around the globe. Based on the brand vision ‘Progress for Humanity,' Hyundai Motor is accelerating its transformation into a Smart Mobility Solution Provider. The company invests in advanced technologies such as robotics and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) to bring about revolutionary mobility solutions, while pursuing open innovation to introduce future mobility services. In pursuit of sustainable future for the world, Hyundai will continue its efforts to introduce zero emission vehicles equipped with industry-leading hydrogen fuel cell and EV technologies.
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