MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho’s recent collaborative artistic endeavors center on News from Nowhere – an exhibition and interdisciplinary platform for the investigation of the world as it is today and as it could be imagined in the future. For this ongoing project Korean artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho assembled a remarkable group of thinkers and practitioners to contribute to their research exploring the meaning, social function, and the role of the arts in contemporary times. The project aims to reflect upon the direction that contemporary art practices what is the real meaning of contemporary art? The first major collaborative work, El Fin del Mundo (The End of the World) examines the meaning of art in a future era where, as envisioned by the artists, all social values and order have vanished. Collaborative projects with artists, designers, and architects and furthermore experts from other diverse fields such education, economics, politics, culture, and religion have been included in the ongoing conversation that aims to reflect on society as a whole and suggest a vision for the future. Initially presented at Documenta (13) in Kassel, Germany in 2012 and since then has been shown at the Korea Artist Prize exhibition at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (2012); the Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2013); Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2015); and Tate Liverpool, UK (2018).
MOON and JEON’s other projects include The Ways of Folding Space & Flying, the Korean Pavilion at Venice Biennale (2015); and Freedom Village (2017). Other notable group exhibitions include Altering Home, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (2018); 2050, A Brief History of the Future, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung (2018); The Return of Memory, HOME, Manchester (2017); COLORI, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Torino (2017); New Romance, MCA, Sydney (2016); ELEKTRA international Digital Art Biennale, Arsenal, Montreal (2016); GLOBALE:Exo-Evolution, ZKM, Karlsruhe (2015); Lille 3000, Tripostal, Lill e(2015); Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, FAAM, Fukuoka (2014); The Future is Now, MAXXI, Rome (2014); Singapore Art Biennale, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2013); Home Works 6, Beirut Art Center, Beirut (2013); Multitude Art Prize, UCCA, Beijing (2013); Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (2012).
MOON & JEON were the recipients of the Grand Prize, Noon Award, at the Gwangju Biennale (2012), The 1st Korea Artist Prize, co-organized by the National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, Korea and SBS Foundation (2012), and the Multitude Art Prize by The Multitude Foundation (2013).
Their works are collected by many prestigious collections including Tate Modern, Uk, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Swiss, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Taguchi Collection, Japan, Busan Museum of Art, Korea, Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Korea, SBS Culture Foundation, Korea, Kolon Collection, Korea, CJ Culture Foundation, Korea, Amorepacific Museum of Art, Korea.