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Sunday, 15 February 2015

Kunsthalle Gwangju, Gwangju Dong-gu: Space Culture at the Site of Old Southern Jeolla Provincial Office

Kunsthalle, named after the German sub-cultural movement based in Berlin, Germany. Kunsthalle or 'Art Hall' in German Language is a space designed for active engagement in cultural programs. Kunsthalle Gwangju at the site of Old Southern Jeolla Provincal Office in 38 Culture Complex Avenue/MunhwaJeondang-ro, Gwangsan-dong 13-beonji, Gwangju Dong-gu was opened for business on August 31st 2010. 

Built with 29 shipping containers, it is divided into several different sections - performance halls, exhibition halls, and subsidiary facilities such as a library and a bar. A wide range of events featuring artists from home and abroad are regularly held at this innovative cultural center.

Platoon, a rather mysterious creative consulting agency based out of Berlin and Seoul, conceived the Gwangju Metropole center as an industrial, wide open space with plenty of room to display art. The use of shipping containers arranged in a rectangle allowed them to achieve that cavernous area in the middle of the center, which opens up onto both the first and second floors giving it an even more grand feeling.

“Kunsthalle Gwangju is an art project itself,” says Platoon of the space. “The concept and program involves artists, visitors and the team to interact with each other. This creates new questions, interesting tensions and inspiring moments. As a social sculpture the art is created by the existence of this venue and its interaction with the people. It is not a white cube to display finished art pieces of international artists for mere consumption. Cultural development will be experienced by new art strategies which pose questions of contemporary life and a global society. Kunsthalle Gwangju will invite Korean, Asian and global artists to perform interaction art and develop new local aspects according to the city and citizens of Gwangju Metropole.”

This modern art hall is accessible by using Gwangju Metro Line 1 to Station 104: Culture Complex Station (Old Southern Jeolla Provincial Office)/문화전당역 [구도청]/文化殿堂驛 [舊道廳]/Munhwa Jeondang-yeok [GuDocheong]).