Hong Misun, Code 11, 1994 / Collection of Seoul Museum of Art / Courtesy of Seoul Museum of Art
The Part in the Story Where…
Dec 7, 2023 – Mar 3, 2024
SeMA / Seoul Museum of Art
Seoul, South Korea

Dear all, I write my first letter to you all, whom I have always anticipated in my thoughts. Seeing an exhibition, visiting an art museum – what does this mean to you? I am aware that each of you may have your different reasons for visiting the museum. It’s worth noting, however, that artists and curators produce their artworks and exhibitions with the intention of initiating a dialogue with you. The dialogue, the act of sharing words and thoughts, is particularly important to this exhibition. For this reason, I begin the exhibition with this very intention of speaking to you, of offering you words.

The Part In The Story Where Our Accumulating Dust Becomes A Mountain is an exhibition that considers the role of contemporary art museums within the context of ‘sharing’, the 2023 institutional agenda of Seoul Museum of Art. Traditionally, art museums have functioned as spaces for collecting, researching and exhibiting artworks. Today, however, museums are transforming into social spaces that build shared experience and collective values through engagement with diverse clusters of people. The ideas towards the relationship such as ‘mutuality’ and ‘interconnectedness’ become important values for museum activities. Sharing, which involves distributing what one owns, necessitates the presence of others. It is in this sense that sharing becomes a value that helps us reconsider the practice of contemporary art museums that place ‘relationships’ at its core. What, then, do we share in the museum, and with whom?

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Only when we meet, we can truly learn how to share with one another and what we can produce together. The Part In the Story Where Our Accumulating Dust Becomes A Mountain proposes various situations and gatherings, through which I hope to build the meaning of ‘sharing’ together with you. This exhibition, therefore, takes time and relies on your continued participation. Slowly following the forms of practises each driven by the artworks, I hope you can reflect on what can be shared and collaboratively produced within the art museum, and to contemplate the significance of this exhibition itself, which embodies the very essence of sharing.

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