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2012/03/06 | 325 views | Permalink | Source

An exhibition at an abandoned train station sounds very artistic.

[Reporter : Michelle Kim] I completely agree.
And it is also interesting to see how things that have been left at the train station could be re-used and mixed with new artworks to portray the emptiness and loneliness of an abandoned train station
For instance you can see sculptures of stray cats looking down at the deserted railroad.

This just shows us again that nothing goes to waste.
Well, Michelle, I'm excited to hear about the next exhibition.
What will it be about

[Reporter : ] The next exhibition portrays a balanced mix of creativity and practicality.
Hakgojae Gallery will be having a furniture exhibition called, The Virtue of Design Furniture until March 20th. I brought you the details.

A furniture exhibition maximizing functionality is available for viewing.
A bookcase made from overlapping aluminum boards, and drawers that seem to be hovering above the ground. These displays make interesting use of solid and rectangular shapes, which help to create a sense of both tension and enigma.
A round coffee table painted in bright red. Thus, some other designs have caught the eye of visitors by employing vivid colors while doing away with unnecessary frills.

[Interview : Kim Han-deul, Curator Hakgojae Gallery] "Unlike pure art forms, design is very different as it must incorporate practicality. We provided a venue so that visitors can appreciate furniture that is both aesthetically-pleasing and functional".

The 20 different pieces of furniture on display at this exhibition remain faithful to the basics of good design. That is, wherever they are placed or whoever uses them, these pieces of furniture should be easy and comfortable to use.

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It's that time of day when you may be wondering what to do tonight.
If you are all out of ideas don't worry as our arts and culture reporter, Michelle Kim, is in the studio with us to bring us some events that may grab your interest.
Hi Michelle, what do you have for us today

[Reporter : Michelle Kim] Hi Conn-young, I have two very interesting exhibitions that I would like to share with you and with our viewers.
I brought you the details. Check this out.

Ever since the introduction of Korea's High-speed Train seven years ago, the Busanjin train station has been shut. Artists from the German city of Hamburg and Korea's southern city of Busan gathered together today for an art exhibition at this abandoned station. The exhibition, which is also a cultural exchange between the cities of Hamburg and Busan, is called "To Begin is to be Half Done".
The artists' ability to appreciate even old things that have become useless due to modern innovation served as the inspiration to hold this exhibition in a disused station.
Cats on the roof watch trains that pass by, no longer stopping at this station. A dog and cat urinate surreptitiously around the run-down station. These are only some of the works used to playfully express the 7 years of disuse and run-down state of this abandoned station.

[Interview : Lee Chun-Hwa, Busan resident] "This train would not stop at Busan station but only at Busanjin station. You could say that this place is part of the history - the joys and pains - of local people".
The collaboration between Hamburg artists searching for a Korean venue to display their artwork and Busan's contemporary artists also coming together at this abandoned station seems to add to the artistic value of the exhibition.
The old lost and found storage room, the dormitory of former workers of the station, and a broken mirror left at the station, these original fixtures have become works of art for the purposes of this exhibition.

[Interview : Oh Su-Yeon, President
Davin Art Space] "The Hamburg artists were informed about the run-down condition of the Busanjin Station. We sent them pictures of this place... This exhibition is the result of meetings that went on, night and day, for three consecutive days..."

The exhibition will run through March 10th. And just as, in fairytales, a spell comes undone at the chiming of the midnight bell, once this temporary exhibition is over the abandoned station will return to its original state.

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[Reporter : ] For those of you who would like to see objects we use in our daily lives as a work of art, don't miss out on this exhibition.

We definitely won't miss this opportunity.
Aside from exhibitions, what else is going on in Seoul's art scene

[Reporter : ] Well, I brought you a concert, a play, and a movie that you also might be interested.

[Reporter : ] Let me take you to through the schedule of events.
Here you go.

The Novus Quartet, one of the most notable Korean chamber ensembles will be performing at the Kumho Art Hall on March 15th.
The violinist of Novus Quartet, Kim Young-uk will also be performing a recital together with Pianist Kim Da-sol, on the 10th at the Sejong Chamber Hall.

Actors in the play 'Balloon' take on multiple roles.
The play is a caricature of government organizations, politicians, men of religion, and scholars who use the pretext of striving for the greater good to effect violence on and exploitation of the masses.
The play is running until March 23rd.

The romantic comedy featuring actor Ha Jung-woo and actress Gong Hyo-jin, 'Love Fiction' is number one at the Korean box office, selling over one million tickets.
The movie, which premiered on February 29th, is now showing in theaters.

Thank you for the exciting news, Michelle.
I will see you again, tomorrow.

[Reporter : ] Thank you Conn-young, and thank you all for tuning in.

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