Invitational Exhibition 2019: Seoul Times

May 25, 2019-June 23, 2019
May 25, 2019
June 23, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Closed on Sundays, except on June 23, the last day of the exhibition.)
Hui Gallery, New Asia College, CUHK

Upon the beginning of each summer, the Department of Fine Arts of the Chinese University of Hong Kong hosts an annual exhibition, The Art of CUHK, to showcase both graduation and other major milestone artworks produced by the students in its programs. Over the years, the department has been organizing an invitational exhibition as part of the annual Art of CUHK. This year, the Department for the first time embarks on inviting a group of students who practice contemporary art in the College of Fine Arts at Seoul National University (SNU) in South Korea.

The exhibition, entitled Seoul Times, is of great significance in both historical and symbolic terms. The opportunity marks the first attempt by the Department of Fine Arts, an institution representative of elite tertiary art education in Hong Kong, to bring home artists from South Korea. In the past, all invitees to exhibit were from either Greater China or the Western world, inclusive of Australia. With the fresh new inflow of artists from SNU, indeed, of equal (or comparable) caliber to CUHK in its academic standing within South Korean context, the invitational exhibit will lay an important foundation of exchange that fosters further interactions between not only two schools but also two contemporary art worlds that co-exist at large in Hong Kong and Seoul.

Addressing to such key issues as state, violence, war, and gender, Seoul Times invites Oh Inhwan (b. 1965) and his current and previous students based in Seoul to Hong Kong in order to inaugurate critical new dialogues between teachers and students in CUHK, New Asia College, Fine Arts Department and SNU and extend the fruits of this exchange to, hopefully, more of those who participate in the grand and global ecosystem of contemporary art not only within the specific bounds of two major metropolises in East Asia but beyond them. To do this job, Oh Inhwan, himself an internationally acclaimed mid-career artist (“2015 Korea Artist,” the prestigious title awarded by South Korea’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art), select eight promising artists and their recent artworks that best speak to the global idea of contemporary art and share them effectively with their counterparts in Hong Kong.

Conceived as part of the annual graduation exhibition organized by the CUHK Department of Fine Arts, the exhibition is the first formal event of exchange between the Hong Kong institution of higher art education and the SNU College of Fine Arts. Although their institutional sizes vary with different historical settings, each founded in 1946 (SNU College of Fine Arts) and 1957 (CUHK Department of Fine Arts), both institutions have played similar roles in each city for decades. By the means of this Korean artist-led exhibition held in Hong Kong, Seoul Times aims to forge a beginning of a new close institutional bond between these two twin-like elite art schools that would embody the practice of tertiary art education in South Korea and Hong Kong respectively.

Exhibition Period: May 25 (Saturday) to June 23 (Sunday), 2019
Exhibition Venue: Hui Gallery, New Asia College, CUHK

Opening Hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
(Closed on Sundays, except on June 23, the last day of the exhibition.)