Pavilion by Ron Arad

Curating and Directing

   2016. 9.1 – 2016. 9. 8

   For 1st Jikji Korea International Festival  

   Location: Cheongju Cultural Centre, Korea

   Curating and directing

   Artist: Ron Arad

   Organised by: Cheongju-si / Cheongju Jikji Korea

   Sponsored by: SONY, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Nonghyup

In order to celebrate Jikji, the world’s earliest surviving book printed with metal moveable type, a major exhibition Jikji, the Golden Seed was held in Cheongju Korea. The Cheongju Jikji Korea Organisation Committee appointed Stephanie Seungmin Kim as Chief Curator, and Kim invited the renowned industrial designer Ron Arad to design a symbolic work signifying the world’s first international Jikji festival. 

Arad’s interest was seen as representing the conversation between art and science for the first edition of the festival. Arad’s interest in the history of printing, the demonstration and significance of pre-Gutenberg metal type Jikji, prompted his interest in participating in the exhibition.

Ron Arad was commissioned to work on an aspect of the event which would ultimately become its visual symbol, so he presented a design that a diverse range of  international audiences could easily and comprehensibly understand.

Ron Arad said ‘I have chosen to celebrate it by creating a pavilion that is like a book that’s been opened and is being pushed down onto a flat surface. The thickness increases where the pages fan out, and the metal binding of the structure is derived from a traditional spine.’ His Pavilion perfectly matched with the atmosphere of the whole exhibition, and helped to attract the attention of many people around the world.