FREEDOM 2019 'Now & Future'

This is an exhibition by the artists of the Freedom Art Book, an art platform to introduce the contemporary Korean art to the world, which is issued by www.artcelsi.com every year. The Freedom Art Book is a specific name for free will of art, planning and delivering some programs for the planners of overseas museums, galleries, and biennales to get and refer to.

Art flourishes under mutual influences, and provides unusual and creative experiences capable of forming a unique sense toward the universe. There are so many layers of planning and relationship accumulated for this exhibition of diverse and creative works of Korean artists in the midst of Japan. Needless to say that politics, economy, and culture are closely related with one another. But to our regret, nowadays, they are far apart respectively.

Morita Shunichiro, president of Asian Art Fair, wrote an article for this exhibition, saying the touching sentence that art connects man and man. Such remarks of his reflect his longing for that which is in a serious danger recently.

'Tomorrow different from yesterday’ Exhibition, Freedom 2019 took place in Yangpyong Art Museum, drawing much attention. 150 Korean artists participated in the exhibition. 90 Korean artists joined this ‘Freedom 2019’ exhibition at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

I recollect the peaceful time of the last winter when I travelled with the first flights to prepare this exhibition. At the moment, we have no idea how Korean artists’ works sprout and bear fruits globally. People grow under reciprocal influences on each other. Can culture change people? How?

We just stare, raise our inner self over the surface, and keep going toward the ultimate goal of the metaphysics. It is because, when we discuss humanity, it is the best. The subtitle of this exhibition is named ‘Now & Future.’ Now and future will be made by you and me who dream of the better future.



Kim, Eun Sook (Company Director of Celsius/artcelsi)










In September, 2015, I began the Art Fair Asia Fukuoka (afterwards written as AFAF), the first attempt in this field with my colleagues here in Fukuoka. Compared with the art markets of Europe, the USA, and some advanced Asian countries, that of Japan was much inferior, and is quite far from our expectation. So far, Japanese people have been appreciating art mostly in galleries and museums, and never dared to imagine possessing it privately or applying it to our lives. Even some overseas large scale art fairs supported by the foreign governments are not adequately introduced to Japan yet. But, such a big gap of recognition between those countries and our Japan paradoxically took my strong attention and interest.

Fukuoka is the door to Asia, as it is located as far away from Seoul as Osaka, and as far away from Tokyo as Shanghai. The AFAF in Fukuoka with such an advantageous location gave a big inspiration to those concerned with galleries. The AFAF is an international one. In that sense, Korea, our neighboring country, must be very important to the AFAF. We have already thought of communicating and cooperating with the art-related people of Korea.

Then, in the midst of preparing the AFAF 2019, I happened to meet both of you, prof. Hong Chulsoon and Kim Onsook, the president of Art Celsi Gallery in Seoul, Korea. It was the right time, considering prof. Hong’s ‘the Sound of Silence, the Tales of Osok Stones Exhibition’ in Fuluoka City Museum, who has much experienced and well known the cultures of both countries. I have already seen the ‘Freedom 2019 by Some Contemporay Korean Artists’ catalog. I have wondered how it was possible to gather those nice 150 artists, and produce them home and abroad. But, I came to realize all the answers of those mysteries at the very moment when I met president Kim. It was nothing other than a solid enthusiasm for art in the heart of a calm and beautiful lady standing in front of me. It was naturally revealed through president Kim’s gesture and her elegant voice, even though I could not understand the korean language. The seismic center was not a country or a big organization, but a single person, moreover a woman, calm and careful. This must be the very essence of art.

Politics divides the country.
Religion separates the nation.
But art connects the people.

Currently, Japan and Korea are in a big trouble, which has been caused by politics and worsened by the mass media. But, the artists of both countries have been on friendly terms with each other all the time. For example, in 1950s, the Kyushu group, an advant-garde art organization, miraculously came about in Fukuoka. Ishibashi Yasyuki, one of its representatives, and some other artists have cooperated with each other to successfully hold Japan-Korea Contemporary Art Exhibitions several times in Fukuoka City Museum and Korea Art and Culture Promotion Institute Gallery in 1980s.

Looking in the light of such a history of art exchange between our two countries, we need to purse a big project beyond national boundaries president Kim Eunsook dreams of. Facing the works that artists created, it would be best for us to get a hint from those works or stir something hidden and unknown in ourselves. I am newly aware that art enriches our mind, and paints our lives beautifully.



Art Fair Asia Chairman Morita Shunichiro

Artists

Korean contemporary 91 artists who were active in 2018, participated.

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An, Su Jin
Ahn, Yea Hwan
Cheong Mi
Cho, Kang Nam
Cho, Won Jeong
Choi, Hye Won
Choi, Jang Chil
Choi, Seo Eun
Choi, Soon Ok
Choi, Sug Woo
Choi, Yong Dae
Choi, Yoona
Choi, Yu Hee
Chun, Chang Woon
Garyeong
Hong, Mi Ja
Hwang, Hyun Hwa
Hwang, Hyun Sook
Hwang, Myung Ra
Hwang, Yun Kyung
Jeon, Mi Seon
Jeong, Byung Rye
Ju, Mi Hee
Jung, Hyun Dong
Jung, In Sook
Jeong, Moon Kyung
Jung, Young Hee
Kang, Myo Soo
Kang, Yoon Jung
Khe Don Bek
Kim, Dae Won
Kim, Doo Young
Kim, Eun Sook
Kim, Eun Wook
Kim, Hana
Kim, Jung Hee
Kim, Jung Hee
Kim, Jung Hwan
Kim Kook
Kim, Myeong Ja
Kim, Ok Soon
Kim, Si Yeong
Kim, Soo Yeon
Kim, Sug Hwa
Kim, Sung Hee
Kim, Sung Ok
Kim, Yeon Ju
Kim, Young Ja
Kim, Young Soo
Koh, Eun Joo
Koh, Hye Rim
Koh, Jeong Soo
Kwak, Na Hyang
Kwon, Kwang Chil
Kwon, Si Sook
Lee, Chae An
Lee, Eun Ju
Lee, Hyun Mee
Lee, Jeong Won
Lee, Sang Bok
Lee, Sang Goo
Lee, Soon Bae
Lee, Yoon Ryoung
Lee, Yun Jung
Lim, Dong Hun
Lim, So Hyung
Lim, Tae Kyoo
Na, Kwang Sook
Nam, Joo Yeon
Oh, Jeong Gyo
Park, Jae Young
Park, Jeong Gu
Park, Ji Young
Park, Sung Bae
Park, Yeen Woo
Shin, Ho Jae
Shin, Moon Yong
Shin, Sang Hee
Solmaro
Son, Eun Young
Song, Chae Yeon
Song, Soo Ryun
Spider Z
Suh, Jeong Min
Won, Young Su
Yoo, Byeong Hoon
Yoo Sung
Yoon, Young Hye
Yun, Yun Duck

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