Hoam Museum presents abstract master Kim Whanki’s retrospective

Yongin, May 16 (BNA): Hwam Art Museum, a private gallery run by the Samsung Culture Foundation, announced Monday that it will hold a retrospective of Korean abstraction master Kim Wanki (1913-1974) to celebrate its reopening after a year of renovation. .

The special exhibition in Yongin, just south of Seoul, is set to display some 120 works by Kim, a pioneer of Korean abstract art, in an exhibition titled “Point, Kim Wanki’s Sky” from May 18 to September 10.

The exhibition displays Kim’s master paintings and rare works as well as archival materials and objects from his collection, including pottery, drawing tools, sketchbooks, letters and scrapbooks, Yonhap reported.

The museum said the upcoming exhibition will shed new light on 40 years of Kim’s artistic journey, which combined Korean traditional beauty with Western painting techniques.

“His work is routinely seen as twofold: divided into figuration and abstraction, or into pointillism before and after everything,” the museum said in a statement. “To avoid such dichotomous simplifications, and to examine both changes and continuities in his works, this exhibition proposes his art as a single compositional process.”


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