Collateral Event of the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
Korean artist Chun Kwang Young’s Times Reimagined exhibition at Palazzo Contarini Polignac in Venice, to present Hanji House, the new site-specific architectural pavilion by Stefano Boeri Architetti, visible from the Grand Canal
Designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, the Hanji House is a site-specific commissioned pavilion made in dialogue with the exhibition Chun Kwang Young: Times Reimagined – that features 40 large-scale mulberry-paper reliefs, sculptures and installations created by the Korean artist Chun Kwang Young, at the Palazzo Contarini Polignac, in Venice.
“Hanji” is the name given to a traditional Korean paper made technique deriving from mulberry, also known as the "thousand years paper" due to its great resistance. It is also Chun’s prime tool of creation, which he uses to shape metamorphotic creatures reminiscent of living beings or spectacular scenes with historical and cultural symbolism.
Installed in the Palazzo’s gardens, overlooking the Grand Canal in Venice, the Hanji House is a wooden pavilion, a practical model of ‘paper-tree architecture’ and it looks as a lantern from a distance. The design is inspired by the playful and yet meditative practice of folding paper in an infinite number of ways: the shape recalls ancient East Asian practices of paper-folding and tangram, besides the traditional Korean and East Asian houses, based on simple geometric modularity. It is made by a simple combination of volumes: four pyramids on the top of a parallelepiped, defining a planar surface shaped as a regular rhombus in the middle.
From the outside, the envelope gives the Hanji House the appearance of a precious and at the same time playful object, a lighthouse to illuminate both the splendid Renaissance architecture in which it is located and the works of art that surround it.
Inside the Hanji House, a real-time interactive art installation is being developed by media artist Calvin J. Lee. Lee transformed triangular hanji packages created by artist Chun Kwang Young into virtual form. The tranquil environment inside Hanji House offers an immersive space for visitors to unwind and explore their inner selves as if walking through the interior of Chun’s works.
Chun Kwan Young has been working for 30 years under the theme of the interconnectedness between living beings and the socio-ecological values of their relationships. In ecology, interconnectedness is an absolute factor for the reproduction and survival of all living things, as well as an essential for ensuring biodiversity and enhancing sustainability in any adverse conditions.
The Hanji House will be open to the public from April 23 to 27 November 2022.
The official opening of the Chun Kwan Young: Times Reimagined and the Hanji House takes place with an academic forum on Thursday 21 April 2022 at 2pm and an Opening Ceremony at 7pm.
Academic Forum: The Art and Built Environment in the Age of Ecological Crisis
Against the backdrop of human experiences of technological diversity, convenience, and utopian illusion of the future, in contrast to the rapid decline of biodiversity and staggering ecological imbalance, biologists, philosophers, artists, architect, activist, critics and curators will be gathered to propose constructive plans to respond to the current situations.
Speakers are Stefano Boeri, Choe Jaechun, OtobongNkanga, Sam Bardaouil, Li Xiangning, Andrew Brewerton, Lucia Pietroiusti, Jean-Marie Gallais.
Founding Partner: Stefano Boeri
Project leader: Anastasia Kucherova
Promoted by: Boghossian Foundation
Supported by: Museum Ground, Interart Channel
Curator: Yongwoo Lee
Curatorial Adviser: Manuela Lucà-Dazio