Thaddaeus Ropac Seoul Opening October 2021
Opening in October 2021 in the award-winning architectural landmark the Fort Hill building in the Hannam-dong district, Thaddaeus Ropac Seoul's inaugural exhibition will be announced in due course. Find out more about the gallery's historic ties to Seoul, the new gallery location and the plans underway in the new space.
타데우스 로팍의 2021년 가을 예정된 첫 전시를 시작으로 서울 갤러리의 개관 소식을 알립니다.
Watch Thaddaeus Ropac and head of the new gallery Kyu Jin Hwang speaking about Seoul;
Lee Bul on working with Thaddaeus and her history with the gallery;
and the plans of architect Juhwan Park and interior designer Teo Yang for the new space.
Hannam-dong District 한남동
Located in the heart of the Hannam-dong neighbourhood overlooking the Fort Hill sunken garden, Thaddaeus Ropac Seoul is situated in close proximity to a number of museums and cultural institutions, including the National Museum of Korea, the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art and the Amorepacific Museum of Art.
In recent years, the Hannam-dong district has rapidly transformed into one of Asia's most thriving cultural districts, recognised both locally and internationally for its destination identity, its vibrant nature and its continuously evolving position as a hub for the arts and creative activity. We are thrilled to contribute to the dynamic artistic interchange and energy of the area, to welcome new and existing audiences to our space, and to be a part of this nexus of great cultural significance and opportunity.
It's with tremendous excitement that we are establishing the gallery in Seoul and a privilege to participate in and contribute to a city that has such strong and long-established foundations for artistic interchange. The rich cultural history that is integral to the city is exemplified by the historic art academies, the incredible institutional infrastructure and the tradition of nurturing each generation's artists, and even over the short space of the past decade we've witnessed further exciting evolutions. We have found a space in Seoul that feels very much like a new home for our artists and our exhibition programme, which we look forward to sharing when we open in October.
— Thaddaeus Ropac
갤러리의 새 전시공간을 예술적 교류를 장려하는 역사 깊고 단단한 기반을 갖춘 서울이라는 도시에 개관한다는 것에 큰 기대를 품고 있으며, 지역 미술씬의 성장에 함께 기여할 수 있는 기회를 영광이라 생각합니다. 2007년부터 함께한 작가 이불과의 협업, 2009년 파리갤러리에서 개최한 이우환의 전시, 2007년 과천국립현대미술관에서 개최된 게오르그 바젤리츠 전 등 한국의 주요 기관 및 작가들과 다년간 진행한 유수의 프로젝트들이 큰 영감과 동력이 되었으며, 우리가 한국과 맺은 유대관계는 나날이 깊어지고 있습니다. 우리는 앞으로도 이러한 관계들이 더 심층적으로 성장할 것을 기대합니다. 서울의 풍부한 문화유산은 이를 뒷받침하는 오랜 역사를 자랑하는 교육기관, 뛰어난 제도적 토대, 세대를 잇는 작가 양성 정신 등으로 대변될 수 있으며 이는 지난 세기 동안 눈부신 속도로 괄목할 만한 발전을 거듭해왔음을 목격했습니다. 이런 서울에서 우리 작가들의 작업을 선보일 새 집을 찾은 느낌이며, 다가오는 10월 개관을 고대하는 바입니다.
— 타데우스 로팍
Fort Hill Building 포트힐건물
The gallery will occupy the first floor of the outstanding architectural landmark the Fort Hill building, awarded the Korean National Architecture Award 2011 and Seoul Architecture Award 2011 and designed by SAI architects, led by the celebrated architect Junwan Park.
Featuring glass-panelled windows and an innovative layout that nods to the original structures of its surroundings, the Fort Hill building totals five floors. Measuring close to 750sqm, Thaddaeus Ropac's gallery space on the site will feature a bespoke interior, designed by the acclaimed interior designer Teo Yang Studio. Nestled in the heart of the neighbourhood and overlooking the greenery of the Fort Hill sunken garden, Thaddaeus Ropac Seoul will offer a unique setting for the presentation and experience of forthcoming gallery exhibitions.
There is such energy and enthusiastic engagement with contemporary art in the city of Seoul, to which we will be contributing a varied exhibitions and events programme. Our team here is growing and we are delighted to play a role in the already flourishing art scene, both the local and regional discourse, building on our existing collaborations with artists, collectors, museums and institutions.
– Kyu Jin Hwang, Director, Asia
현대미술을 향한 열정과 에너지로 가득 찬 도시인 서울의 관객들에게 타데우스 로팍의 다채로운 전시 프로그램을 소개하여 지역 미술씬의 성장에 기여하고자 합니다. 또한 이 서울 갤러리 팀이 지속적으로 확장되어 서울 뿐 아니라 아시아 전역의 작가, 컬렉터, 미술관 및 유관 기관들과의 유의미한 협업을 이끌어내고 지역의 담론에 일조할 수 있기를 기대합니다.
— 황규진, 아시아 디렉터
As Director of the gallery in Asia, and with her significant experience working with institutions and collectors throughout the continent, Kyu Jin Hwang has been instrumental in establishing the Thaddaeus Ropac Seoul gallery. She will work closely with the team in Seoul, with collectors and institutions in Asia. Kyu is based between Seoul and London.
A Long-Standing History with Seoul
Thaddaeus Ropac and its artists have a long-standing history with Seoul, dating back to 2007 and Georg Baselitz's first exhibition in Korea, Memory Unforgettable: Georg Baselitz's Russian Paintings, at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea, Gwacheon. The same year, the gallery began representing Lee Bul (b. 1964), one of the leading Korean artists of her generation, and presented her first exhibition with the gallery in the Salzburg Villa Kast space. Since then, the artist has held solo shows in each of Thaddaeus Ropac's locations. Lee Bul's early works are currently the subject of a major solo exhibition, Beginning, at Seoul Museum of Art (until 16 May 2021). In 2018, Marcel Duchamp: The Essential Duchamp and Harun Farocki: What Ought to Be Done? Work and Life were both shown at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA) and Alex Katz: Models & Dancers was presented at the Lotte Museum of Art, while Busan Museum of Art presented Antony Gormley: FEEL last year (2019–20).
I’m very excited that Thaddaeus Ropac has announced opening a new space in Seoul. I’m looking forward to it. And I believe this is great fortune for Korean art viewers. They will have opportunities to see the work of great artists. It will be stimulating for the flourishing Korean art scene.
— Lee Bul
서울에서 아시아의 새로운 스페이스를 서울에서 오픈하게 되는 것도 굉장히 익사이팅해요. 너무너무 기대가 되고 거기에 또 소속되어 있는 정말 위대한 작가들의 작품들을 우리가 또 가까이서 볼수있는 일종의 뭐랄까 럭키죠. 그리고 한국 관객들한테도 그게 그런 작가들의 작품들을 지속적으로 볼 수 있는 것은 굉장히 자극이 될 것 같아요. 한국의 미술 씬이 훨씬 더 풍부하게 될거라고 생각을 해요.
Currently on view at SeMA, Seoul
Lee Bul's solo exhibition Beginning is currently on view at Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA) until 16 May 2021. The focus of this exhibition is Lee Bul's first decade of artistic development in the late 1980s, when her 'soft sculptures' and 'performance documentations' were extensively produced.