MMCA Gwacheon Project 2020 was a competition planned by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art as part of its strategy to magnify and expand the key functions of MMCA Gwacheon and revitalize its outdoor space this year.
The MMCA Gwacheon Project 2020 aimed to present artwork comparable to a resting area in a family-centered outdoor space that anyone, regardless of age, can enjoy as this is one of the major aims of MMCA Gwacheon. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic’s spread globally, the project aimed to reinterpret the locational and conditional circumstances of open, outdoor spaces, offering visitors an environment where they can breathe and rest. With the three keywords “breathe, rest, and joy” in mind, the grassy field in MMCA Gwacheon’s outdoor sculpture garden was transformed into a space for visitors.
The winning artists this year were the architects Seung Teak Lee and Mi Jung Lim of stpmj. The competition's finalists (four teams), who were chosen through recommendations and a screening process, included this year's winning artists, stpmj(Seung Teak Lee and Mi Jung Lim), Diagonal Thoughts(Sojin Kang and Sara Kim), CoRe Architects(U Zongxoo and Kim Vin), and Yong Ju Lee Architecture(Yong Ju Lee). stpmj's work, The Surface, is currently on display as a major installation in the grassy field of the outdoor sculpture garden. The ideation sketches, image synthesis (rendering), videos, and architectural models proposed by the finalists can be viewed at the special exhibition area on the first floor of the museum. The MMCA Gwacheon Project 2020 runs from October 8, 2020 to May 30, 2021 at the exhibition area inside MMCA Gwacheon’s arts exhibition hall and at its outdoor sculpture garden.