The "Emotional Drawing" exhibition will open at the SOMA Museum of Art in Seoul, Korea.

Photo of artwork by Leiko Ikemura
Leiko IKemura
from Wellen Wind Wesen (2004)
© the artist

Concept and Aim

This exhibition focuses on drawing as a medium that enables an individual to express their inner emotions, breaking free from the canons of artistic representations.
The fact that drawing is a highly preferred medium among the so-called "outsider" artists indicates how a medium that is as simple as picking up a pen and paper enable individuals to articulate their sensibilities. Drawing is a medium that facilitates intuitive creation.
What motivates creative undertakings? Why are artists compelled to create their works? This exhibition aims to provide the audience with an opportunity to once again consider the fundamental issues of art through creative impulses, departing from the convoluted theoretical discourses often applied to issues on contemporary art.
In this survey of drawings, animation will also be included as a genre that released drawings from its static realm.
Also, all the exhibiting artists are of Asian and the Middle Eastern origin.
This exhibition was first organized by and held at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and then traveled to the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto. For traveling the show to Seoul, the Japanese and Korean curators have worked together in collaboration to reconfigure the artists and artworks to address the Korean audience.

Dates and Venue February 19 - April 19, 2009   SOMA Museum of Art
Organizers Seoul Olympic Sports Promotion Foundation The Japan Foundation
Cooperation The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Contents Drawing: 80~120
Video installation: 4~5
Artists Leiko Ikemura, Jose Legaspi, Konishi Toshiyuki, Juliao & Manuel Ocampo, Jose Legaspi, Shooshie Sulaiman, Amal Kenawy, Avish Khebrehzadeh, Nalini Malani, Mithu Sen, Naoyuki Tsuji, Ugo Untro, S. Teddy D., Kim Jungwook
Kim Soyeon, Lee Youngbin, Sakagami Chiyuki, Pinaree Sanpitak
Concept /Curators/ HOSAKA Kenjiro (MOMAT)
PARK Younjeong (SOMA)
Contact of Organizer Seoul Olympic Sports Promotion Foundation SOMA Museum of Art

Attn. Ms. Younjeong Park, Chief Curator
88-2 Bangi-dong, Songpa-gu
Seoul, Korea 138-749
Tel: 82-2-410-1061 Fax: 82-2-410-1315 E-mail

The Japan Foundation, Tokyo
Attn. Ms. Yasuko Furuichi, Exhibition Coordinator
4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-000004, Japan
Tel: 81-3-5369-6062 Fax: 81-3-5369-6038 E-mail

The Japan Foundation, Seoul
Attn. Mr. Yamasaki Hiroki, Ms. Ko EunGang
Heungkuk Life Insurance Bldg. 3F
226 Sinmunno 1-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-061, Korea
Tel: 82-2-397-2820 Fax: 82-2-397-2830 E-mail

  • Photo of artwork by Toshiyuki KONISHI
    Toshiyuki KONISHI
    Untitled (2008)
    h. 116.7 x w.90.9 cm  Oil on canvas
    Photo by / Moriyoshi SUGAYA
    Courtesy of the artist and ARATANIURANO
  • Photo of artwork titled Bird’s Lover  by Sakagami Chiyuki
    Sakagami Chiyuki
    Bird's Lover (1982) private coll.
    © the artist
    Courtesy: MEM INC., Osaka
  • Photo of artwork titled Backyard by Avish Khebrehzadeh
    Avish Khebrehzadeh
    Backyard (2005) © the artist
    Courtesy: Ebrahim Melamed Collection / Honart Museum, Tehran

  • Photo of artwork titled Poodle by Juliao & Manuel Ocampo
    Juliao & Manuel Ocampo
    Poodle (2008)
    © the artist
  • Photo of artwork titled Boomer by S. Teddy D.
    S. Teddy D.
    Boomer (Naughty Dog Always in the Room) (2000) private coll.
    © the artist
  • Photo of artwork by Kim Jungwook
    Kim Jungwook
    Untitled (2007)
    © the artist
    Courtesy: Gallery Skape, Seoul
    (not included in exhibition)

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