To continue this France-Korea year, the Galerie Perrotin exhibits a group of Korean artists in his parisian space. This group is called “ORIGIN”, founded in 1962 by a few elite artists comprised of graduates of the painting department at Hongik University, a prestigious private school in Korea. This exhibition tells the career of these artists, their language, their techniques, their routes, between tradition and modernity.
“ORIGIN” has continued its development for over fifty years, which is exceptional for an art group, and has contributed in refreshing and broadening the boundaries of abstract art. Artists participating in this exhibition are the original founding members of Origin; CHOI Myoung-Young, SUH Seung-Won, and LEE Seung-Jio. These artists are prominent members who exude distinct individuality while consistently exploring abstract art.
In the early 1960s when Origin was founded, the Korean art world was divided into three groups. The first group was academism imported from Japan that focused mainly in imitation and reproduction, the second group was ‘hot abstract’ that transferred the sublime pains of the Korean War into paintings, and the third group was ‘intelligent painting’ that reflected the new social ambience following the 4.19.1960 Revolution.
These three groups are all closely tied with Korean historical events, especially the second and the third groups that were founded by the graduates of art schools established after the national foundation of The Republic of Korea in 1948. Accordingly, these two art groups symbolize the beginning of Korean contemporary art and are therefore critical markers in the history of Korean Art.
This exhibition seeks to demonstrate how Korean artists who are rooted in tradition confronted and overcame the ever-changing contemporary issues of the era. Korean artists of the 70s sublimated contemporary art to a “sculpture of the mother tongue” and on one hand appealed to the universal standards of aesthetics while modernizing tradition on the other.
“It is hoped that ‘ORIGIN’, which opens at the Galerie Perrotin, will provide an opportunity to introduce and illuminate the leaders of the Korean contemporary art to the sophisticated art aficionados of Paris.” (SEO Seong-Rok, Art Critic)
January 9 – February 27, 2016
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