“Mauerreise” – the wall in the world project in the Republic of Korea

The partner for the Mauerreise project in Korea is the National Museum of Contemporary Art (NMCA), Korea. The brick designing will be done by Korean author Hwang Sok-Yong and the artists Ahn Kyu-Chul and Suh Yong-Sun.

Korean author Hwang Sok-Yong personally experienced the fall of the wall in Berlin, and he channelled his experiences into the novel Garden. Because he visited North Korea in the 1980s without a permit – which is today still against the law – he lived in exile in Berlin for some years after his North Korean visit. He is the Korean author who has tackled the division situation in Korea as well as the German division very intensively. His novels Garden, The Guest and The Chronicle of a Man Named Han have been published in German.

Ahn Kyu-Chul studied in Germany, Suh Yong-Sun has been nominated artist of the year 2009 by the NMCA. He has dealt very intensively with the division of Korea.

The NMCA has provided the Goyang Art Studio, which is near the border between North and South Korea, for the artists to use. The Goethe-Institut Seoul will present films on the division and union of Germany as well as the fall of the Wall in the Goyang Art Studio. The presentation of the Korean works took place at the Goethe-Institut Seoul on 28th August.

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