Artist

Minjung Kim

MINJUNG KIM has been exploring the artistic movements of the East and the West, using black ink to draw lines or create spontaneous strokes and repeatedly pasting the layers of Korean Hanji paper which she delicately burns with incense sticks and candles. The use of Hanji and fire as mediums and the subtle, repetitive handwork add depth to her pieces with formal richness and unsuspected poetic variations. The recurrent and reflective process is an important part of her work, which leads to meditation and healing. Viewers are drawn to the careful choice of materials, the delicate and controlled burning and a patient collage of thin Hanji paper—every element in the work of Minjung Kim reflects concentration and contemplation.

  • Education
    • 1997 MFA, Brera Academy of Fine Art, Milan, Italy
      1987 MFA Oriental Painting, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea
      1985 BFA Oriental Painting, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea
  • Selected Solo Exhibitions
    • 2020 《Minjung Kim》, Hill Art Foundation, New York, USA
      2019 《Minjung Kim》, Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany
      2018 《The Memory of Process》, White Cube, London, UK
      2018 《Making the Void, Filling the Void》, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
      2017 《Paper, Ink and Fire: After the Process》, Gallery HYUNDAI, Seoul, Korea
      2017 《Oneness》, Hermes Foundation, Singapore
      2015 《The Light, The Shade, The Depth》, Luxembourg & Dayan, Palazzo Caboto, Venice, Italy (curated by Jean-Christophe Ammann)
  • Selected Group Exhibitions
    • 2019 《Pushing Paper: Contemporary Drawing from 1970 to Now》, The British Museum, London,UK
      2018 《Imagined Borders》, The 12th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea
      2018 《Clouds Stretching For A Thousand Miles: Ink in Asian Art》, Asia Society, New York, USA
      2018 《Changwon Sculpture Biennale 2018》, Changwon, Korea
      2017 《The Mulberry Forest Becoming Ocean》, Esther Schipper, Berlin, Germany
      2009 《Across the Cross (Michelangelo e I contemporanei)》, Trapani, Italy
      2009 《La Biennale di Venezia- Sant Elena, Venezia》, Italy Galleria La Giarina, Verona, Italy
      2008 《Prospects and interiors-cultors drawings》, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK
      2004 《Gwangju Biennale》, Gwangiu, Korea

  • Residencies/Awards/
    Collections
    • Collections
      Swiss Re Art Collection, Zurich, Switzerland
      Asia Society, New York, USA
      The British Museum, London, UK
      Musee des Arts Asiatiques, Paris, France
      OCI Museum, Korea
      Fondazione Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin, Italy
      Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
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〈Phasing〉, 2019, Mixed media on mulberry Hanji paper, 205 x 140cm. Image Courtesy of Gallery Hyundai

〈Sculpture〉, 2019, Mixed media on mulberry Hanji paper, 137.5 x 166.5cm. Image Courtesy of Gallery Hyundai

〈The Room〉, 2018, mixed media on mulberry Hanji paper, 205 x 145cm. Image Courtesy of Gallery Hyundai

〈Corner〉, 2019, mixed media on mulberry Hanji paper, 200.5 x 140.5cm. Image Courtesy of Gallery Hyundai

〈The Street〉, 2019, mixed media on mulberry Hanji paper, 142 x 200cm. Image Courtesy of Gallery Hyundai

〈Mountain〉, 2016, Ink on mulberry Hanji paper, 78 x 141cm. Image Courtesy of Gallery Hyundai

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