10 Booths To Visit At Art Busan
- Kukje GalleryKukje Gallery
- Peres ProjectsPeres Projects
- Tang Contemporary ArtTang Contemporary Art
- Almine Rech GalleryAlmine Rech Gallery
- Konig GalerieKonig Galerie
- Pearl Lam GalleriesPearl Lam Galleries
- Madeln GalleryMadeln Gallery
- Leeahn GalleryLeeahn Gallery
- Société BerlinSociété Berlin
- Maho Kubota GalleryMaho Kubota Gallery
From May 31 until June 2, South Korea’s second most populous city will welcome art lovers and collectors with the eighth edition of its fair, Art Busan. For those who are headed to town, we showcase 10 booths to check out
It’s not all rainbows and butterflies at Kukje Gallery—well, maybe a little bit of rainbow in the form of the colourful cloud einundzwanzigstermärzzweitausendundsechzehn by Ugo Rondinone, the Swiss-born mixed-media artist best known for his multi-hued stacks of fluorescent rocks, Seven Magic Mountains.
As a companion to the gallery show at its Busan space, Kukje will also bring to its booth an oil-on-hemp-cloth painting by Dansaekhwa artist Ha Chong-Hyun titled Conjunction 18-19, and pieces by international artists Elmgreen & Dragset and Jean Michel Othoniel.
Peres Projects has a broad international footprint, so it’s no surprise that its artist selection for Art Busan is excitingly diverse. Look out for paintings by Donna Huanca, whose preferred canvas is often the human body, but whose paintings are probably easier to display at home for collectors who go to an art fair to, say, buy art.
Also on show are vivid geometric paintings by Beth Letain and a sculptural wall installation by American post-minimalist Blair Thurman.
Tang Contemporary Art
This gallery, which has a space in H Queen's in Hong Kong, has a powerful line-up planned for Art Busan. Check out pieces by creative dissident Ai Weiwei, who will be represented by the 2016 sculpture White Ant Hill from Wang’s Family and a duo of Ming-style porcelain Dragon Vases circa 2017, through which the cheeky Ai quietly mocks the institution with his six-clawed dragon motifs (the typical is just five claws per hand).
Zhu Jinshi’s abstract canvas, The Power of King Xiang No.1, is so textural you’ll want to touch it, while Philippine artist Rodel Tapaya gets mythological in large-scale works that incorporate diverse craft-like techniques with characters and scenes inspired by folklore.
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Almine Rech Gallery
The Paris-based gallery owned by Almine Rech Ruiz-Picasso—the daughter of couturier Georges Rech who’s related by marriage to the Picasso family—has a little bit of chaos and a little bit of calm in the cards for Art Busan. On a more free-spirited front, the gallery is bringing a piece by John M Armleder titled Côté est, which will be juxtaposed against the clean sunshine of Turi Simeti’s Sei ovali gialli.
Alongside works by these Western artists, Almine Rech will bring some Asian names as well. “I deeply admire the work of 20th and 21st century Korean artists for both their formal talent, but also their extraordinary ability to infuse their work with aspects of Western painting, whilst honouring their own cultural traditions and retaining their Korean identity,” explained the gallery founder, who plans to bring pieces by Ha Chong-Hyun and Kim Tschang-Yeul to the fair.
The Berlin gallery is bringing a crowd-pleaser to Art Busan—Austrian born-and-bred Erwin Wurm’s playfully critical works are always great fodder for Instagram, particularly when his interactive One Minute Sculptures are shown, which involve the audience participating in instructions given by the artist.
Untitled, a large wool hat shown by Lehmann Maupin at Art Basel in Hong Kong earlier this year, is on the roster, along with Fat Bus and a giant anthropomorphised silver weiner.
Pearl Lam Galleries
One of Greater China’s top galleries will be showing a selection of paintings by Chinese artist Zhou Yangming, with brand new works alongside pieces from the last decade or so of his practice, which explores space and movement via meditative techniques that result in serene abstracts.
In addition, Pearl Lam Galleries will also display a succinct special exhibition of new sculptures by British-born African artist Yinka Shonibare, whose work explores themes of colonialism and cultural identity.
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The gallery launched by the Xu Zhen-founded MadeIn Company is known for embracing the talents of younger artists alongside international names, with a predilection for artists who have their finger on the pulse of contemporary culture.
At Art Busan, its booth will showcase a number of Xu’s own Under Heaven paintings—you may recognise these canvases thick with oil paint that’s piped to give a Marie Antoinette cake party a run for its money—alongside figurative paintings by Beijing-based Shang Liang and Shanghai-based Ding Li, and a few fun additions from Lu Pingyuan’s Look! I’m Picasso! series, which is a mash-up of elements from the Cubist master’s signature aesthetic and Mr Potato Head’s face.
Founded in the birthplace of Dansaekhwa, Daegu, Leeahn now has two spaces, with the second being in Seoul. While its roster includes Korean artists like of Tchunmo Nam and Lee Kun-Yong, the gallery also seeks to bring international works to the country, in particular zeitgeist kings such as Warhol, Hirst and Frank Stella.
This time at Art Busan, you can expect to see a bit of new-gen Dansawkhwa in the form of Nam’s meditative, forest-green Spring 18-11.
A Berlin gallery that prides itself on its progressive line-up, Société Berlin represents the young Californian Petra Cortright who’s been called a modern-day Monet, so be sure to check out her post-Internet interpretation of classic florals, using images sourced online and manipulating them using techniques both analog and digital, which will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the booth.
Maho Kubota Gallery
Don’t call Noriko Ambe’s pieces “works”—they’re Linear Actions that are created by meticulously cutting stacks of paper one sheet at a time using a razor blade, resulting in clean-cut canvases such as this mesmerising piece, Miles 3.
When you’ve emerged from the trance induced by staring at it, you can also view a classic Julian Opie figure, “Dots"—because is it really an art fair until you’ve spotted at least one Opie on the floor?
Find out more about Art Busan at artbusankorea.com