The Artist, his Collaborators, their Exhibition, and three Venues continues on from a series of solo exhibitions by Jun Yang that began in Seoul in 2018. The Overview Perspective at the Art Sonje Center was on the one hand an overview, but on the other a retrospective and a reflection on what it means for an artist to take a backward glance. With The Artist, the Work, and the Exhibition at Kunsthaus Graz in 2019, reflection shifted from the individual to systemic-institutional issues. As well as reflecting on what it means to be an artist, and what is expected of an artist and his work, the exhibition itself became an important theme. This approach is widened in Taipei. The solo show turns into a collective undertaking with a large number of participators: Christopher Adams and Sophie Chiang, Erwin Bauer/buero bauer, Oliver Klimpel, Michikazu Matsune, Yuuki Nishimura, Topotek 1, Thousand Bird Arts, and – Jun Yang. The deconstruction of the solo exhibition became apparent when Yang invited his namesake from San Francisco to take part. This other Jun Yang is also an artist, but of Korean descent.
The Artist, his Collaborators, their Exhibition, and three Venues is therefore a solo and a group exhibition. It appears differently at MOCA Taipei and the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts. A third manifestation was shown at the project space at TKG+ Projects till the end of January.
The exhibition that comes in three editions, works with the specific contexts and sets different foci accordingly: At MOCA Taipei emphasis is placed on its public mission and on the museum as public space. Activities such as workshops for children and adults, guided tours by the artist and the education team, lectures and discussions have been conceived as an important part of the exhibition right from the start.