Me? Minsuk Cho! –Before/After Mass Studies does Architecture

Korea’s commissioner architect Minsuk Cho was awarded with the Golden Lion’s award in Venice’s Biennale Architecture Exhibition. After this event, the number of audience who became interested in architecture increased significantly. This exhibition was designed to inform the attendees, who are interested in the architect Minsuk Cho or the architecture of Korea, about the architecture of Minsuk Cho. The architect duplicated all of his projects while preparing for the exhibition and from this, his desire is to show himself to the audience. During the press opening, the architect stated, “This exhibition is for me.” This shows the architect’s desire to reveal all of his characteristics in this exhibition.

The exhibition is titled “Before/After Constructing the Mass Studies” and contains 283 pieces of blue prints, models, and drawings of the 69 projects that the architect completed over the past 12 years. While the Before exhibition room depicts and dramatizes the space used to plan and design the project, the After exhibition room demonstrates how the buildings transform after the formation of a bond between the world and it self. The architect’s effort to communicate with the audience and to satisfy the audience’s curiosity are shown by not only his exhibition, but also his speeches, workshops, and a program called ‘Conversation with the Architect’ which he formed to approach the audience. From this exhibition, we can lucidly observe how much Minsuk Cho and other architects effort was invested in order to fulfill this project.

In the Glass Pavilion, where the French sculpotor Auguste Rodin’s masterpieces ‘the Gates of Hell’ and ‘the Burghers of Calais’ are exhibited permanently, a circular structure known as ‘the Ring Dome’ was installed. This ‘Ring Dome’ has a diameter of approximately 9 meters and it was made by connecting 750 hula-hoops from unoccupied lands of large cities like New York, Milano, and Yokohama. The Plateau Art Museum stated, “in order to follow and reflect the emphasis on publicity by the architect, we will open the Glass Pavilion to all citizens for free as a cultural space throughout the exhibition period.” This allows anyone to attend and observe Rodin’s masterpieces and the ‘Ring Dome.’

Minsuk Cho said, “I didn’t want to show only the completed result which depicts the western concepts. I tried to show the chaotic procedure before the construction and the continuously changing forms along with its vitality after the completion of the building.”

Written by MK Kim

<Architect Information>

2003-    Principal, Mass Studies(Seoul, Korea)
1998-2003  Cho Slade Architecture(New York, USA)
1996-1998  OMA(Netherlands)
1992     Columbia University(New York, USA),
Graduate School of Architecture
1989     Yonsei University(Seoul, Korea),
Architectural Engineering Department
1966     Born in Seoul

2014 Flower Crown Medal of Cultural Merit, Korea
Golden Lion, Venice Biennale 2014:
Commussioner and Co-curator of Korean Pavilion
2010 Presidential Citation, Korea: Korean Pavilion
Silver Medal, World Expo 2010 Shanghai: Pavilion Design (BIE)
2008 Finalist, DAM The International Highrise Award 2008,
Frankfurt, Germany: ‘Boutique Monaco’
2003 Citation, Progressive Architecture (P/A) Award,
New York, NY, USA: ‘Dalki Theme Park’
1999 Citation, Progressive Architecture Awards,
New York, NY, USA: ‘Von Erlach House'(Cho Slade Architecture)
1994 First Place, Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition,
Japan: ‘Siamese Towers’

2014 ‘Crow’s Eye View: The Korean Peninsula,’ Korean Pavilion,
Venice Biennale 2014, Venice, Italy
2013 ‘Eastern Promimises: Contemporary Architecture and Spatial Practices
in East Asia,’ Museum fur angewandte Kunst,Vienna, Austria
2011 ‘Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture’,
Shenzhen, China
2010 “Architektonische Sehnsucht,” Portrait of Contemporary Architecture,
German Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2010, Venice, Italy
2007 ‘Open House,’ Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany
‘Open House,’ Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, USA
2004 ‘Metamorph,’ Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

2014 DOME-ino: Cheil Worldwide Annex, Seoul, Korea
2013 Southcape Owner’s Club: Clubhouse, Hangseon Island, Namhae Province, Korea
2012 Osulloc: Tea Stone, Innisfree, Jeju Island, Korea
Four Courtyards: Le Beige, Seoul, Korea
Songwon Art Center, Seoul, Korea
Daum Space.1, Jeju Island, Korea
2010 Shanghai Expo 2010: Korea Pavilion, Shanghai, China
2009 Bundle Matrix: S-Trenue Tower, Seoul, Korea
2008 Missing Matrix: Boutique Monaco, Seoul, Korea
2007 Ring Dome, New York, USA / Kitakyushu, Japan / Milan, Italy / Yokohama, Japan
2006 Cracked House, Paju, Gyeonggi, Korea
Chipped House, Paju, Gyeonggi, Korea
2005 Skipped Matrix: Nature Poem, Seoul, Korea
2004 Dalki Theme Park, Heyri Art Vally, Paju, Gyeonggi, Korea
2003 Pixel House, Heyri Art Vally, Paju, Gyeonggi, Korea
2002 Chungmuro Intermedia Playground, Seoul, Korea

<Exhibition Information>
Title : Before/After Mass Studies Does Architecture
Data : 2014.11.20(thu) – 15.02.01(sat)
55, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea  >> Google Map

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