Seoul Hosts Gonzales-Torres Asia First

Above: Gonzales-Torres continues to inspire some 16 years after his death.

Double,” the first retrospective in Asia of the late Felix Gonzales-Torres, has opened to the public at Seoul’s Plateau, formerly known as the Rodin Gallery.

Cuban-born Gonzalez-Torres spent part of his youth in Spain and Puerto Rico before emigrating to New York City in 1979. Here his stock as an installation artist rose as he refused to let his minority status prevent him from showcasing his work as part of the city’s mainstream. His career was prolific but short-lived; he died at the age of 38 in Miami of AIDS-related complications.

Curated by Soyeon Ahn, this exhibition features 44 of Gonzalez-Torres’ works, demonstrating his usual minimalist style and drawing the viewer to engage in his familiar themes of love and loss, public versus private. Plateau’s sister space, Leeum, displays some of the pieces while six Gonzalez-Torres photographs have been installed across Seoul and on Nami Island.

“Double” runs until September 28 and is closed Mondays. Admission is 3,000 won (US$2.60) for adults and 2,000 won (US$1.70) for students.


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