2021 Seoul National University Museum Special Exhibition
The Future We Have drawn: 100 Years of Modern Architecture in Korea
1 Sept 2021 to 26 Feb 2022: Open Tuesday through Saturday, 1-5pm
Museum Director, Prof. Jeon Bonghee / Exhibit Curator, Prof. Yerin Kang
Project : Architecture’s ‘Devious Topographies’ project is included in the exhibit, The Future We Have Drawn: 100 Years of Modern Architecture in Korea.
This exhibition looks back on the last 100 years of achievements of SNU architecture graduates and faculty beginning from the first graduates of Gyeongseong Technical College in 1919 (the department’s previous name) to the visionary faculty currently teaching at SNU’s Department of Architecture. The exhibition title ‘The Future We Have Drawn’ is inspired by the fact that all architectural plans are projections for the near future.
The second floor’s special exhibition displays 200 drawings, photos, and sketches collected from Gyeongseong High School and Seoul National University alumni and instructors under the keywords Learning and Imitation, Expansion and Search, Opening and Exploration, Architects and Society, and Logic and Sense.
The content from 1920s through the 1950s, examines the period when architectural design absorbed principles from the West through learning and imitation before the vocabulary of modern architecture was established. The 1960s through 1970s are interpreted as a time when new structures of architecture were sought as urban infrastructure expanded quantitatively and three-dimensionally driven by economic development. The 1980s can be seen as a period when Korea opened up to the international community and explored notions of self-consciousness and national identity. The 1990s represents a time when a group of architects began efforts to improve the built environment and engage in social critiques. The 2000s is interpreted as a time when architectural culture with diversified intrinsic logic, expression, and senses blooms.
In addition, large graphics consisting of indicators of Seoul’s growth, urban plans and major buildings representing each era are organized in the form of a chronological table. In the lobby space on the first floor, 31 works by SNU architects and faculty are on display and represent the opening of the architectural market in the 2000s and the founding of the school’s five-year curriculum.
John Hong (professor in charge)
Eunseop Suh, Hoseung Lee, Yoonwhee Lee, Yeongshin Sim (Exhibit Team)
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