This was the first major survey show of contemporary British art to have been shown in Korea. The exhibition was the result of over a year’s research, following an earlier study tour of the IK organised by the British Council for Korean curators. The project was selected and organised collaboratively by Visual Arts and the National Museum of Contemporary Art on Seoul.
Works by some of the leading younger artists in the UK< namely Douglas Gordon, Gary Hume, Sarah Lucas, Julian Opie, Simon Patterson, Gavin Turk and Gillian Wearing were included. However, the exhibition did not aim to focus on a particular generation ot trend. The selection represented a number of common themes and shared concerns reflected as much in the work of Gilbert & George and Art & Language, considerable forces in contemporary over the past two decades, as in their younger contemporaries.
The exhibition included video works such as Gillian Wearing’s My Favourite Track, and a new three projector video installation by Douglas Gordon, photographic work by Gavin Turk and recent self-portraits by Sarah Lucas; Gilbert & George were represented by their 1986 yriptych Class War Militant Gateway. Early paintings on newspaper by Sarah Lucas were included alongside more recent sculpture. Art & Language were represented by Sighs Trapped by Liars 510-602(1997), a free-standing floor based sculpture constructed of texts printed on canvas and Gary Hume by recent painting.
Julian Opie and Simon Patterson travelled to Seoul to install their work and participated in a seminar. Works included in the show by these artists were a major wall painting Once Upon a Time in the West by Patterson and a new five metre vinyl painting and four portraits pasted directly onto the wall by Julian Opie. A wall-based text piece by Douglas Gordon bore the inscription From the moment you read these words, until you meet someone with blue eyes’.
A catalogue was published by the National Museum of Contemporary Art, with an essay by Michael Archer and individual texts on each of the artists. ISBN 89 85538 32 2 93600