Hyundai and Tate Modern have unveiled the inaugural Hyundai Commission in the Turbine Hall, the world-famous exhibition space at the centre of Britain's national gallery of modern and contemporary art.
The Hyundai Commission will be part of a long-term partnership running until 2025 between Hyundai Motor and Tate Modern.
Hyundai supported a significant acquisition of works by Korean artist Nam June Paik (1932-2006) in November of last year. The collection spans the 40-year career of the innovative video artist, and nine of his works are now on display at Tate Modern.
Created by conceptual artist Abraham Cruzvillegas, 'Empty Lot' is the first in a new series of annual site-specific commissions by renowned international artists. The Turbine Hall's new sculpture is intended to provoke questions about the city and nature, as well as the ideas of chance, change and hope.
The exhibit consists of two stepped triangular platforms that extend across the Turbine Hall, holding a grid of 240 wooden planters filled with compost and soil collected from parks and gardens all across London.
Euisun Chung, Hyundai's Vice Chairman, said: 'I believe our work at Hyundai Motor goes beyond creating cars, as they are no longer simply a mode of transportation but an integral part of connecting our lives.
In a collaborative spirit with Tate, we are eager to foster meaningful interaction and want to create inspiring moments.'
In addition to the Tate, Hyundai has also created partnerships with the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea (MMCA), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and Bloomberg.
by: Vertu Editorial