Arts and Culture
Japan as a platform ― The traffic in modern and contemporary art between Korean and Japanese artists"
My presentation will provide the underlying historical background of this symposium on Japanese-Korean art relations.
Since the 1980’s, Japanese and Korean artists have been interacting with each other and continuing to stimulate or to inspire each other while sharing places together at some exhibitions in the world.
The relationship between Japan and Korea in the art has a very long history. In particular, "traffic" in modern and contemporary art can be thought in three scenes. First one is the period when many art students came to Japan from Korea at the time of not having a horizontal relationship between them as "exchange" because of the colonization until 1945. Next, from the 1960s to the 1980s, Korean artists came to Japan to find a place to show their works. In this period, horizontal "exchange" became popular at the galleries or the museums. Then, since the 1990's, Korean artists have advanced to the world without going through Japan, and have met and interacted with Japanese artists at exhibitions in the world, for example in NY, Paris, Berlin, etc.
Looking at Japan from Korea, we can see Japan as a platform that cannot be said only by the words "influence and exchange" like the modern art history had talked in the last century.