News from Nowhere : Eclipse

2023.06.12 - 2023.06.18
Hall 1, U43, Messe Basel

NEWS FROM NOWHERE begins with contemplating the social function and role of art. Initially proposed by two artists, MOON KYUNGWON & JEON JOONHO, the project aims to reflect upon the direction that contemporary art practices; what is the real meaning of contemporary art? El Fin del Mundo (The End of the World) examines the meaning of art in a future era where, as envisioned by the artists, all social values and order have vanished. MOON and JEON have attempted to examine the future through collaborative projects with artists, designers, and architects. Furthermore, experts from other diverse fields - education, economics, politics, culture, and religion - will join this practical platform for an in-depth conversation that aims to reflect on society as a whole and suggest a vision for the future.

MOON KYUNGWON & JEON JOONHO’s recent artistic endeavours center on ‘News from Nowhere’, a collaborative project that focuses on creating
an interdisciplinary platform. Their site-specific collaborative platform was initially presented at Kassel dOCUMENTA 13 (2012) and since then, has been shown at the Korea Artist Prize exhibition at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (2012); the Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2013); Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2015); and Tate Liverpool, UK (2018-2019).  It will be ongoing at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Seoul (2021) and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary
Art, Kanazawa (2022). Moon and Jeon’s other projects include ‘Voice of Metanoia’, The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary of Art, Korea, Gwacheon (2012); ‘The Ways of Folding Space & Flying’, the Korean Pavilion at Venice Biennale (2015); and ‘Freedom Village’, Frieze project in London and SCAITHE BATHHOUSE in Tokyo(2017).

Other notable group exhibitions include 13th Gwangju Biennale (2021); Korean Video Art from 1970s to 1990s, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Gwacheon (2019-2020); DMZ, Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul (2019); Science/Fiction, Berman Museum, Philadelphia (2019); Altering Home, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary
Art, Kanazawa (2018); 2050, A Brief History of the Future, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung (2018); The Return of Memory, HOME, Manchester (2017); COLORI, Castello di RivoliMuseo d’Arte Contemporanea, Torino(2017); New Romance, MCA, Sydney (2016); ELEKTRA international Digital Art Biennale, Arsenal, Montreal (2016); GLOBALE: Exo-Evolution, ZKM, Karlsruhe (2015); Lille 3000,Tripostal, Lille (2015); Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, FAAM, Fukuoka (2014); The Future is Now, MAXXI, Rome (2014); Singapore Art Biennale, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2013); Home Works 6, Beirut Art Center, Beirut (2013); Multitude Art Prize, UCCA, Beijing (2013); Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (2012).

MOON & JEON were the recipients of the Grand Prize, Noon Award, at the Gwangju Biennale (2012), The 1st Korea Artist Prize, co-organized by the National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, Korea and SBS Foundation(2012), and the Multitude Art Prize by The Multitude Foundation(2013). 

MOON KYUNGWON is based in Seoul and works as a professor at Ewha Womans University.

JEON JOONHO lives and works in Busan & Seoul.