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This year’s Venice Biennale provides another cognitive platform for people to understand an event that endlessly questions the identity of biennales. The Biennale, assembles works of art to anonymous anthropological objects, suggests an exceptional case about the passage in which we learn about visual arts, while also giving a new trial to interpret the meaning and meaninglessness of image. Massimiliano Gioni explains that the Encyclopedic Palace is an exhibition about knowledge. Images in various forms created in obsessive-compulsive and paranoiac manners by human desire to investigate the world are collected together in this exhibition. art in Asia diagnosed five themes from the Biennale and examined the anthropological phase of images. For this year, 88 national pavilions fill the hot city of Venice with art fever. art in ASIA interviewed face to face the commissioners (curators) or artists of 13 of the most bright national pavilions on site. We heard specifically about the strategies of the theme, selection and composing of spaces, to efficiently provide each nation’s art and culture to the people of the world.

Editorial
In the Battlefield, Venice Biennale Bog-gi Kim

SPECIAL FEATURE
Venice Biennale 2013
1 Review: Biennale, the Politics of Notion Yongwoo Lee
2 Pictorial: 5 Keys of Encyclopedic Palace Editorial Dept.
3 Interview: Best National Pavilions 13 Soo-young Kim

Russia Great Britain China Italy Israel Korea United States Belgium Romania Poland Japan Arab Emitates Taiwan

ARTIST Youn Myeung-Ro
Relics of the Fissures Jin Sang Yoo

ART MARKET
Art Fair Tokyo Ho Kyoung-yun

REVIEW
1 Lee Wan: Oh, Pure Love, Choi Jeong Hwa: Kabbala, DNA
The Sacred and the Profane of the Ready-made Jo Su Jin
2 CHU Teh-I: Colors/Forms_A Pioneer of Illusory Space Ni Tsai-Chin
3 Hae Kyung Lee_Forest of Harmony and Co-existence Park, Young Taek
4 Hito Steyerl_The Irrationality of Information - A Search for Nothing Julia E. Marsh

ARTIST’S ESSAY
Miguel Angel Iglesias

ART NEWS
Takashi in Superflat Wonderland_MANIFOLD, Kohei Nawa_Xu Bing: Phoenix
No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia_Francis Al
Haegue Yang: The Family of Equivocations_Abraaj Group Art Prize 2014
Imran Qureshi: Artist of the Year 2013, California-Pacific Triennial, 8th Mdeia City Seoul Appoits It’s New Director, 10th Gwanju Biennale Appoits It’s New Director, Frieze New York

 
 
 
 
Massimiliano Gioni explains that the Encyclopedic Palace is an exhibition about knowledge. Images in various forms created in obsessive-compulsive and paranoiac manners by human desire to investigate the world are collected together in this exhibition. art in Asia diagnosed five themes from the Biennale and examined the anthropological phase of images. More..
 
Youn Myeung-Ro’s large scale retrospective Traces of the Spirit was held at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, between March 26 and June 23. Youn Myeung-Ro has since the late 1950s explored new methodologies of expression in abstract painting. His early works symbolized the destruction and chaos in the Korea social structure, and later combined action and presented dramatic paintings charged with the energy of nature, in brush strokes that contemplate the world in deep communion with nature. More..
 
Depression in the art market that started in early 1990s took 14 years of time to be recovered. However, art market’s recovering speed is very fast. Short term investment in contemporary art is on the rise. In this age influenced by internationalization and neo-liberalism, geography of world art market is in inevitable relation with artist power of each country. art in ASIA analyzed contemporary art market in view of auction results and art fair trends regarding the streams of world economy in the 21st century. More..
 
 
“The city seems to be a metaphor for understanding globalization and the behavior of its citizens” Living and working in Barcelona, Spanish painter Miguel Angel Iglesias Fernandez’s oeuvre typically covers the urbanscape of the modern city. Converting cities into painted sculptures, the vibrant colors of the buildings in Fernandez’s paintings have attracted a number of prestigious collectors at international art fairs, including Korea International Art Fair (KIAF) in Seoul. The artist emphasizes that he paints the cities he wants to see, and live in, while continuing to look for himself. More..
 
Outside of the museum, there are objects everywhere. These objects, consumer goods, permeate our daily lives, and are simply a reality of human existence. On the other hand, inside the museum, there are artworks. Being separated from the mundane world, artworks exist purely to satisfy the aesthetic desires of the audience. The Daegu Art Museum posed a question on the purity of artworks, and the result is DNA (Design and Art), a curated exhibition. The show is a meeting in one space between the world of design, which deals with daily goods, and the world of art, which moreover, obscures the boundary between the two.. More..
 
As the first retrospective of Takashi Murakami held in South Korea, this exhibition allows one to experience the artist’s works by featuring a broad panorama including his early figures, representative works such as 727-727 (2006), Contact (2006), and his more recent paintings.
In Superflat Wonderland, constructed with Murakami’s unique characters, in a variety of mediums, the viewer is given an opportunity to explore the critical attitude of Murakami’s Pop Art as it reflects the current social and cultural systems of our times.  More..
 

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