Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, in collaboration with world renowned artist Kang Ik-joong, presents 50,000 Windows, A Future Wall, a mural project representing the dreams of 50,000 children. Drawings and objects, capturing the dreams of children living in the Marado Islet located in the southernmost area of Korea all the way up to those children living in the country’s most northern civilian-access area, have been made into a single work of art filling a huge wall measuring 72 meters by 10 meters that is linked to the first and second passageways of Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art building. 50,000 Windows, A Future Wall is a dream-like project by artist Kang Ik-joong who intends to illustrate all of our dreams through children. It is also a collective art project to be completed through participation and communication with volunteers from all walks of life. For the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art as one of the representative public art museums of Gyeonggi province, it is beneficial and symbolic as a public art project linking the local to the global, emphasizing interaction with the general public. I expect the project will provide an invaluable opportunity not only for children, but also for adults and art experts alike to share their dreams and future hopes through this work of art capturing a myriad of children’s dreams.
I will not cry when the North and the South are unified. I will not jump with joy when a bridge is built over the Imjin River and the cease-fire line is torn down. I will kneel down before our mothers and fathers, who were innocent victims, and embrace our children, our hope for the future. / by Ik-joong Kang
Mingled by the Wind, Joined by the Earth
Pictures by children are small windows. Standing from a distance, huge windows are of no use. In those tiny windows where children play and laugh, anything can be seen. Ideas of children are little flower seeds. Light, flying high and so free, they roam anywhere. Flying, flying, then flowering here, Beautiful mountains and rivers. This is our land, the earth. Joyful and grateful for the world, mingled by the wind and joined by the earth. / by Ik-joong Kang
An 800km Dream-like Journey
We met on the day when the trees and the sky became gradually imbued with green. We, at the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, and artist Kang Ik-joong sat down, put our heads together, and had a conversation. We looked hard for what we share in common and asked ourselves what we could do together and what we want to do together. It was then we discovered our interest in children, who both resemble us and reflect us and embody a future that is still vague to us adults. As children, we all had plenty of dreams. There were many things to have and things to become and we all had someone we loved. Such dreams probably enabled us to become what we are today. As adults, either our childhood dreams came true or we failed in achieving them. Thinking about such dreams, we see how much we have grown up. We all go through these processes and eventually became adults. In our conversations, we saw that we were both curious to get a glimpse into the future of the world and when realizing that this could be accomplished through the dreams of children we became excited. Thus, together along with the artist Kang Ik-joong, we launched the 50,000 Windows, A Future Wall project.
I drew an astronaut because I want to see if aliens are truly living in the universe. / I imagined a land of hamburgers as I really want to eat them. / I depicted Mr. Kang Ik-joong. I wonder what he looks like and I want to see him. / I want to become a pro-gamer. If given a scholarship, I will give half to my mother and spend the rest playing games and eating delicious things.
This is the Filipino national flag. I want to go the home of my mother. I love the Philippines! / Sir, I have a question. May I draw several pictures? There are lots of things I want to do when I grow up. / This is all money. I want to become rich, so I drew lots of money. / Spiderman! He looks great. / It’s a house with a swimming pool. I want to live in such a house.
I did it because someday I want to enjoy a sumptuous meal at a palace. / I am not able to meet my cousin a lot because she lives in Eujeongbu. I drew her pretty face, trying to remember what it looks like. / My dream is to become a pianist. I will play the piano for many people. / This is a cute rabbit. I drew it in pink, my favorite color. / If my painting is exhibited at the museum, see it carefully. I hope other people nurtures their dreams.
I like my mom and dad. This is my happy family. / I want to become a soldier driving a tank. That sounds great. / I don’t want to show you. The paintings is no so good. What a shame! / My dream is to become a dentist. I drew a tiger as it was hard to depict. / I want to grow up to be tall. I am now 120 cm. I will be so happy if I become 130 cm. / A while ago, my grandmother passed away. I drew her face since I missed her so much.
Biography / Ik-joong Kang
Born in 1960, in Cheong Ju, Korea, Ik-Joong Kang has lived and worked in New York City since 1984. He received his BFA from Hong-Ik University in Seoul, Korea, and his MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Kang has exhibited widely, including a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York in 1996; a two-person show with Nam June Paik at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Connecticut; and group exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea. In the spring of 1997, he was awarded The Special Merit prize in the 47th Venice Biennale. He just finished the project "Amazed World" commissioned by the Republic of Korea in association with Unicef. This project was based on the artist's belief of the rights of children to basic personal, political and social freedoms. Approximately 40,000 children's works from 150 countries were displayed in a gigantic maze installation in the UN building lobby in New York from September, 2001 through April, 2002. In December, 2000 he was commissioned a permanent Mural Project, at the San Francisco International Airport. The Mural Project contains 5,900 pieces of his paintings and sculptures. In December 1999, Ik-Joong Kang worked with 50,000 children from South Korea in creating "100,000 Dreams." This project featured a 1 km-long, vinyl tunnel-inside which all of the children's works were displayed. Though North Korean children did not participate as planned, this project has since manifested itself on a wider level. Amazed World aims to involve children from a diverse collection of cultures, religions, political beliefs, and environments. Kang has received many awards and fellowships, including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship. His work is represented in the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, the Samsung Art Museum, Seoul, Korea, and the President's Committee on Arts and Humanity, Washington, D.C.
Planning / Ik-joong kang, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art
Educator in charge / Choi hye kyoung
Project in Charge / Yang Won-Mo
Communications / Yeo Kyung Hwan, Kaye Yoon
Curatorial Supports / Kim Eun Young(Chief Curator), Park U Chan, Gim Jong Gil, Kim Ji Hee, Hwang Rock Joo, Kim Hyun Jung
Administrative Supports / Lee Gyeong Ho (Senior Manager, Administrative Support Team), Lee Ho Sun, Jung Seung Hee, Chae Jung Min, Kim TaeYoung
Children’s mural painting research group / Byun Jung Mee
I-Kang Studio / Lee Jung , Lee Hye K
Assistant / Lee Joo Heun, Park Hye Jung, Kim Jun Eun , Kim Sung Jun, Hwang Sun Young
Photo / Park Jung-hoon Photo Studio
Translation / www.artntext.com
Organized by / Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art
Hosted by / Children’s mural painting research group
Supported by / Korean National Commission for UNESCO, KOREAN COMMITTEE FOR UNICEF
Sponsored by / Hakgojae