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Amorepacific Museum of Art presents Lawrence Weiner’s first solo exhibition in Asia “UNDER THE SUN”

CSR 2023-08-30
  • The inaugural solo museum survey of the remarkable American artist Lawrence Weiner since his passing in 2021
  • Meeting of Weiner’s works and the Korean traditional art from the APMA collection

Amorepacific Museum of Art is pleased to present LAWRENCE WEINER: UNDER THE SUN, the solo museum survey of the remarkable American artist Lawrence Weiner(1942-2021).

This is his inaugural solo presentation in both South Korea and in Asia as well as the first comprehensive show within an institutional context since his passing in 2021.

Born in Bronx, New York and has lived and worked in Amsterdam and New York City, Weiner emerged among a generation of pioneering post-war artists, namely Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Dan Flavin, Joseph Kosuth, Sol Lewitt and Robert Ryman, all founding figures of Minimal and Conceptual art in the 1960s. His early works include experiments in painting, sculptures and architecture. From the late 1960s, he utilized language as the material for his sculptural practice, which he termed as ‘language sculpture’, and sought to challenge the definitions and boundaries of art.

On view are 47 of Weiner’s best exemplified language sculptures. Under the themes of “Subject-Object’, ‘Process’ and ‘Simultaneous Realities’, this exhibition attempts to create a space for new visual dialogues that transcend historical time and cultural space by bringing together Weiner’s art with select pieces from our Korean art collection. Weiner’s language functions both as the point of entry and departure to engage with these works. We hope that his words, when presented in this context, provide an occasion where our attitudes towards history, culture and the world can be challenged and expanded.

The language of Lawrence Weiner is not confined to any specific context nor to a prescribed meaning or presentation. It remains open to personal and collective interpretations that operate within and sensitively respond to the specificities of the culture in which his works are located at any given time. 7 works including AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE (1998) are presented in both Korean and English, exploring the expansiveness of interpretation that transcends the boundaries between language and culture.

In addition to the 47 language sculptures, edition works, drawings, posters, motion drawings and video works are also presented to collectively illustrate the breadth of his extensive artistic practice. From the early works produced in 1970s such as SMASHED TO PIECES (IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT) (1971), TO SEE AND BE SEEN (1972), works such as AN OBJECT TOSSED FROM ONE COUNTRY TO ANOTHER (1988), UNDER THE SUN (1999/2000), AS TO BE IN PLAIN SIGHT (2009) and his works produced in 2020 ON VIEW and REMOVED FROM VIEW are collectively presented to shed light on the 60 years of the artist’s practice.

The Amorepacific Museum of Art sincerely hopes that this occasion will present an opportunity to its visitors where their perception and perspective on the world, culture and history would be expanded.

[Exhibition Overview]
  • ▶ Period: August 31, 2023 (THU) through January 28, 2024 (SUN)
  • ▶ Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. to 18:00 p.m. (ticket counter closes at 17:30). APMA is closed on Mondays
  • ▶ Location: Amorepacific Museum of Art (100 Hangang-daero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea)

  • ▶ Admission
Price KRW 16,000 KRW 12,000 KRW 8,000 Free
Type Adults
(over 19 years)
(7-18 years)
(3-6 years)
Persons of national merit and those with disabilities
Babies under 36 months and ICOM card* holders

*ICOM card: Card given to member of International Council of Museums

  • ▶ Mobile application guide: Download the free APMA Guide
  • ▶ For further information, contact Amorepacific Museum of Art / +82 2-6040-2345 /
  • ▶ APMA website:
  • ▶What’s on view: 47 language sculptures, including UNDER THE SUN (1999/2000), A BIT OF MATTER AND A LITTLE BIT MORE (1976) + 15 Korean traditional works from the APMA collection + edition works, drawings, posters, motion drawings and video works