The Way a Hare Transforms into a Tortoise

29. June 2019 to 8. September 2019

From gaming industry with interactive games that give you points for being social, to painted animal hides, a borderland in flames, water as a remedy for healing, live cake performance and archaeological finds with LEGO readymades. Korea is so much more than what the media daily depict. With no less than two exhibitions, this summer at Nikolaj Kunsthal offers the opportunity to gain insight into the Korean imperial dynasty, while at the same time getting a comprehensive view of what is happening on the Korean visual art scene these years.

On the occasion of the 60 years of diplomatic relations between Korea and Denmark, the exhibition The Way A Hare Transforms Into A Tortoise / KOREA IN DENMARK focuses on the landscape of contemporary Korean visual art. Here, you can experience an interactive game where your score is determined by how good you are at mingling with the other computer-generated characters moving about in the room; in another work, water in different forms is presented as an important healing remedy for the artist, who himself, as a child, was a fire victim. With significant art events such as The Seoul Mediacity Biennale and the biennales at Gwangju and Busan, Korea represents a highly interesting country to turn one’s attention to in terms of contemporary art.

The title of the exhibition, The Way A Hare Transforms Into A Tortoise  / KOREA IN DENMARK, refers to Aesop’s Fables and the story of the race between the hare and the tortoise. In this story, the tortoise is the winner, because the hare feels too confident of winning and takes a nap midway through the race. The exhibition includes all floors of the exhibition centre, together providing a variety of insights into Korean cultural identity which has, since the Korean War, developed rapidly in the South and grown into a major economic force, with a flowering popular culture, recognised far beyond its own borders. 

The exhibition has been curated by Helene Nyborg Bay in co-operation with Korean curator Inseon Kim and features nine artists of whom some have created new works specifically for Nikolaj Kunsthal.

Opening date: Friday June 28 2019 4-8pm
Exhibition period: June 29 – September 8 2019
Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday 12-6pm, Saturday – Sunday 11am-5pm