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Wonil Rhee (1960-2011)

In memory of Wonil Rhee
Obituary by Peter Weibel


Eröffnung der Ausstellung "Thermocline of Art - New Asian Waves",
ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Deutschland, 15.6.2007

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The ZKM is sad to announce the sudden and unexpected death of its former curator Wonil Rhee (* November 2, 1960 in Seoul), who died yesterday, on January 11th, aged 50.

Wonil Rhee was an outstanding person, a passionate lover oft art, a global traveler and a brilliant curator. With "Thermocline oft Art. New Asian Waves" at the ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art (2007) he delivered one of the best exhibitions of the ZKM that opened a window to mostly unknown innovative and poetic Asian art.
The surprise and success of the exhibition was even so great that the Museum of Modern Art in New York invited Wonil Rhee to curate as sequel. I was happy to work with Wonil Rhee as co-curator for the 3rd Biennial of Seville (2008). Here, too he offered a very fresh unconventional look at Asian art.
His sudden death is a real loss for the art world and of a dear friend of the ZKM.




Peter Weibel

Selection of Wonil Rhee's main activities: Artistic Director of Media_City Seoul 2002, 2006, Korea; Curator of Digital Sublime, 2004, Taipei MOCA, Taiwan; Co-Curator of Gwangju Biennial 2004, Korea; Co-Curator of Shanghai Biennial 2006, China; Curator of the exhibition "Thermocline of Art. New Asian Waves", 2007, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Germany; Co-Curator of BIACS 3 - 3rd International Biennial of Seville "YOUniverse", 2008, Spain; Artistic Director of DIGIFESTA 2010, Gwangju Biennial, Korea; Curator of Nanjing Documenta 2010, China; Co-Curator of Prague Biennial, 2009-2013, Czech Republic; Co-Commissioner of Vancouver Olympic Sculpture Biennial 2009-2011, Canada; Curator of BSI AG Lugano, Switzerland; Asia Editor, Flash Art, Milan, New York

· Memories of the life and work of Wonil Rhee
· Condolence







Abbildungen:
[1] Eröffnung der Ausstellung "Thermocline of Art - New Asian Waves",
ZKM, 15.6.2007;
Michael Heck, Gregor Jansen, Peter Weibel, Wonil Rhee, Hyung-Teh Do

[2] Eröffnung der Ausstellung "Thermocline of Art - New Asian Waves",
ZKM, 15.6.2007;
Gregor Jansen, Peter Weibel, Wonil Rhee, Hyung-Teh Do

[3] Eröffnung der Ausstellung "Thermocline of Art - New Asian Waves",
ZKM, 15.6.2007;
Wonil Rhee, Peter Weibel, Hyung-Teh Do

[4] Eröffnung der BIACS - Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla 2008, Spanien

[5] Eröffnung der BIACS 3 - 3rd INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF SEVILLE "YOUniverse", Spanien; die Kuratoren Peter Weibel und Wonil Rhee

[6] Jubiläumsveranstaltung 10 Jahre ZKM, Anschnitt Jubiläumstorte

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