the most recent gossip from Frieze Seoul

Stormy Seoul

South Korea is bracing itself for its strongest storm in historical past, with Tremendous Storm Hinnamnor bringing robust winds and rain to the nation. Having already reached the southern island of Jeju, it’s anticipated to bringing 12 inches of rain to Seoul tomorrow, putting the nation on its highest degree of storm alert. Korean Air Traces and Asiana Airways have reportedly cancelled lots of of home flights from Seoul after 1pm Korean time on Monday, with routes between Japan and Korea additionally anticipated to be affected. To date, these on the town for Frieze and Kiaf appear to have made their flights safely, with the worst climate not anticipated till tomorrow afternoon. However with the honest’s uncommon dates extending till at present, a variety of sellers might discover their flights house delayed or cancelled. A Frieze spokesperson says there may be “sturdy emergency planning for all potential eventualities”. Good luck to all!

Mayoral welcome

In a transparent signal of Seoul’s dedication to its up to date artwork scene, media have been invited to a dinner held by the town’s mayor, Se-hoon Oh, on Saturday evening for the event of Frieze Seoul. (We’re advised {that a} dinner of this nature has by no means earlier than been organised for Kiaf). Oh, a right-wing determine who has expressed curiosity in turning into president, made clear his intentions on turning Seoul into Asia’s premier artwork hub: “There was Ok-Drama, Ok-Pop, why not Ok-Superb Artwork?” he requested. He made his rousing speech by a translator, which brought about minor confusion after attendees have been advised that Frieze, which signed a five-year contract with the Coex conference centre in Gangnam, would from subsequent yr maintain the honest in specifically designed tents elsewhere within the metropolis. A Frieze spokesperson rapidly confirmed that Oh truly stated that these are future plans, with the corporate meaning to see out the remainder of its Coex contract.

Marc Glimcher spills the tea

Tempo gallery’s chief govt Marc Glimcher gave a tour of the brand new tea home that has opened within the gallery’s enormous, three-storey Seoul house (loftily termed an artwork complicated). This addition, based on Glimcher, reifies the gallery’s mission to deliver artwork to the plenty and turns Tempo right into a convivial place the place artwork is not unapproachable. That is one thing that’s tougher to attain in cities comparable to Beijing, the place Tempo closed its location in 2019—Glimcher referred to this house as a “ghost city” in its remaining days. The dialog then inevitably turned to different burgeoning Asian artwork hubs, significantly Tokyo, that are vying with Seoul for the artwork market crown. Requested whether or not he would take into account a location within the Japanese capital, he says that “bureaucratic blockades” are at the moment a deterrent. He refers to present legal guidelines that require sellers to pay a downpayment for potential gross sales on artwork, which is returned (after some delay) if the work would not promote. Nonetheless, he notes that legal guidelines are altering, and competitors from Seoul will probably encourage Japan to streamline sure processes. He concludes that there will probably be a solution to a possible Tempo Tokyo within the not-too-distant future”.

Seoul of the events

On Friday, the primary day of the honest, a variety of Seoul galleries held night occasions, from a modern cocktail occasion on the Dolce & Gabanna flagship retailer hosted by Varied Small Fires, to drinks receptions on the Korean blue chip dealerships Kukje and Gallery Hyundai. Later, the Thai artist Korakrit Arunanondchai celebrated the opening of his solo exhibition at ArtSonje Centre with a celebration on the nightclub Cakeshop—a favorite of Seoul’s underground scene—the place stay dance performances accompanied a soundtrack of Kylie Minogue and bhangra and jungle-infused beats. Throughout city that very same night the artist Haegue Yang threw a celebration for which she served as bouncer—rejecting a variety of those that queued as much as get in.

Bleary eyed, the jetlagged crowds trooped onto Saturday’s proceedings, the place the galleries Sadie Coles, Kurimanzutto and Commonwealth and Council threw a rager in an unfinished industrial constructing. To cap it off, one among Seoul’s most trendy collectors Jimmy Chung helped organise a midnight-till-late celebration on the music venue Ohho. Visitors, together with the artist Alvin Tran and the publicist and advisor Inhye Kim, swapped Seoul trend suggestions. Revellers pounded the native rice wine makkoli courtesy of the celebration’s sponsor Boksoondoga, and danced to thumping techno earlier than disappearing off into the evening—that’s if they may ever discover a taxi. The issue of discovering a cab has plagued Frieze guests this journey (apparently 10,000 taxi drivers in Seoul give up their jobs in the course of the pandemic to ship meals). However we’ve additionally heard of situations by which greatest buddies—and romantic companions—have been made by strangers being pressured to share taxis throughout the capital. Let’s hope for extra cultural exchanges once we come again subsequent yr. Till then, Seoul!

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