The installation ‘Spectres of the State Avant-garde’ projects into the future four huge projects realized in South Korea in the 1960s

The South Korean Pavilion at the Giardini houses, during the Biennale (open until 25 November 2018), the installation “Spectres of the State Avant-garde”, commissioned by Arts Council Korea and curated by Seongtae Park.

South Korean Pavilion, Giardini, 2018 [Photo Italo Rondinella, Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia]Four important projects developed by Korea Engineering Consultants Corp. (KECC) during the industrialization and modernization of South Korea in the ’60s and their contemporary reinterpretations by young South Korean architects who present their futuristic visions of national architecture are displayed and compared with models, photos, drawings and videos.
‘Spectres of the State Avant-garde’, South Korean Pavilion, 2018 [Photo Kyoungtae Kim]‘Spectres of the State Avant-garde’, South Korean Pavilion, 2018 [Photo Italo Rondinella, Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia]

                        ‘Spectres of the State Avant-garde’, South Korean Pavilion, 2018 [Photo Kyoungtae Kim]

‘Spectres of the State Avant-garde’, South Korean Pavilion, 2018 [Photo Kyoungtae Kim]

‘Spectres of the State Avant-garde’ makes us reflect on the architecture of the past with the aim of highlighting the legacy left by the KECC and its influence on contemporary South Korean society. As evidence of this, architect Won Kim was invited to hold a lecture titled ‘A Melancholy Afternoon in Yeouido ‘ during the vernissage of the Biennale. [Text Arianna Callocchia]