Crow’s Eye View: The Korean Peninsula, Tina Kim Gallery, New York

This exhibition will bring the Korean Pavilion of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, at La Biennale di Venezia, to New York. Crow’s Eye View has been inspired by a poem of the same name, written by Korean architect turned poet Yi Sang (1910-37), and explores the architecture which shaped the Korean Peninsula after WW2 – admittedly from a South Korean point of view.

Including work by some thirty architecture firms, architects, urbanists, poets and writers, artists, photographers, filmmakers, curators and collectors, and awarded the Golden Lion, the exhibition responds to the Architecture Biennale’s theme, Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014.

The Korean Peninsula has been dominated by the disruption of global politics, divided by the Cold War, and subject to the extreme trauma of war. The showcase sought to create a new viewpoint for which to look at this location, as an unfortunate product of the past 100 years of global history. In this, it represents recent events, attitudes and political solutions, the East-West relationship and of course architectural developments worldwide over the past century.

In diverse models, artworks, film pieces and texts, the exhibition gives a broad and heavily researched overview of the Korean Peninsula experience under four key themes: Reconstructing Life, Monumental State, Borders, and Utopian Tours. These draw attention to the specific events which have affected the area and its peoples, the urban planning that sought to remedy social upheaval and the experience of this location today.

Crow’s Eye View: The Korean Peninsula, 10 September – 17 October, Tina Kim Gallery, 525 W 21st St, New York, NY 10011.

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1. Kim Il-sung Square, Pyongyang, 2010. Photo by Philipp Meuser.