After first Macsabal Symposium in Ankara, we are glad as a department to ensure the sustainability of the symposium of which we organized the seventh. We asked the invited artists who has participated in the symposium since 2004 to make large sized sculptures to be placed in the Hacettepe University campuses and now we have sculptures one more precious than the other fired in Kim Yong Moon’s kiln and waiting to be placed in the public areas within the campus. To improve the perceptibility of ceramic art in a social environment by sharing them with the students, academics and staff is one of our biggest aims.
The Macsabal Symposium that started in Kim Yong Moon’s studio twenty years ago and continued for many years in this city was moved to Wanju in the year 2013 upon Kim Yong Moon’s decisions. By transformation of the old train station into International Macsabal Museum and international artist studio with the support of local municipality, the International Macsabal Wood Firing Symposium started to be held here. After the infrastructure was completed for this first symposium in Wanju, under the leadership of Kim Yong Moon and coordination of Mutlu Başkaya, a faculty member of Hacettepe University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Ceramics Department Assist. Prof. Hüseyin Özçelik and nine students went to Wanju for building a macsabal kiln in the garden of the studio. Moreover, these nine students who came from Hacettepe helped Assist. Prof. Hüseyin Özçelik in the application and mounting of the ceramic panel that he had designed. For about a month, together with this group, municipality workers, Korean coordinators and ceramist friends of Kim Yong Moon completed the preparations of the first symposium in Wanju. And by this means International Macsabal Ceramics Museum and artist studio could be founded. Every year many artists and students go to Wanju for working at this studio and holding exhibitions.
In 2016 the International Macsabal Symposium was held for the second time in Korea, Wanju. The symposium took place with the participation of twenty three artists from six different countries. The artists that participated from Turkey are Hasan Başkırkan, Ayşe Kurşuncu, Numan Suçağlar, and Buğra Özer. Lee Middleman from the United States; Katharine Boettcher from Germany; Sun Yang, Na Lisa, Liu Yehan, Qian Chao, Shi Yannian (Wang Feng), Wang Jing from China and Kim Yong Moon, Park Sunkwan, İnja Park, Hosik Bang, Taxoo Lee, Lim Youngju, Shin Jungsoon, Kim Youngso, Lee Jinwook, Jung Soonkyum from the host Korea participated. The artworks that the artists produced in the symposium were fired in the macsabal kiln that can be heated up to 1300°C. The kiln was fired with kiln firing ceremony typical of Korea. The kiln was fired with the fascinating dance performance that the valued Korean dancer Ki Ok Jung created for the macsabal kiln. The tiles that the artists made were mounted by the municipality workers on the 6m structure that Prof. Bilgehan Uzuner designed.
The “art for peace” theme which was used for the first time in 2015 in the symposium in Turkey was determined as the theme of the 2017 symposiums. In 2017, macsabal kilns fired with this theme in Wanju, Korea in July, in Zibo, China in September and in Ankara, Turkey in October. The symposiums are held for many years with the support of Wanju Municipality in Korea; the owner of Taishan Bonechina factory Mr. Lu and his family and Hacettepe University in Ankara and devoted efforts are made for its continuation.
Hundreds of artists have participated, worked together, held joint exhibitions and made presentations in the symposiums held in three countries. Bringing the Korean artists with Turkish artists and artist around the world and enabling them to cooperate, this symposium constituted an exemplary model with its quality and led similar symposiums to proliferate in the world.
I would like to thanks to all of our guests who participated in the symposium as an invited artists between the held on October 4 to 16th, and research assistants, Korean dancer Ki Ok Jung and our participated in the symposium as an invited artists between the held on October 4 to 16th, and research assistants, Korean dancer Ki Ok Jung and our valuable lecturers of our department Prof. Dr. Candan Dizdar Terviel, Prof. Emre Feyzoğlu and Res. Asst. İlhan Marasalı who always support this symposium.
In addition I would like to offering my special thanks to all former presidents and our current president of university Prof. Dr. Haluk Özen who supported this event almost traditional and the director of Korean Cultural Center Mr. Dong WOO-CHO who always support us.
They were invited as invited artists to 2017 Macsabal Ankara; Bertold-Josef Zavaczki, Boris Roce, H. Mehmet Aytepe, Numan Suçağlar, Işıl Tüfekçi Ardıç, Janina Myronowa, Kim Yong Moon, Kostas Karakitsos, Lilia Berezhnenko, Maria Stojanovic, Marta Berezhnenko, Mete Demirbaş, Mutlu Başkaya, Nam Sook Chang, Neville Assad-Salha, R.Tan Buğra Özer, Saravut Vongnate, Sevil Seda Arapkirli, Simcha Even-Chen and Zuhal Baysar.
And they were invited as honorable guest to our symposium; art historian Professor Dr. Kıymet Giray and Sculptor Associated Professor Mete Demirbaş.