Yun Hyong-keun at MMCA, Seoul

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The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) Seoul dedicates a retrospective exhibition to leading Korean artist Yun Hyong-keun (1928-2007).

Throughout his life, Yun endured endless political persecutions by successive Korean governments. He suffered from events related to Japanese colonial rule, the Korean War, and the postwar dictatorship. A leading figure of the Dansaekhwa movement, he gained recognition in France, the US and Japan. This exceptional exhibition comprehensively explores the artist’s life and brings together forty paintings and forty drawings alongside archival material.

On view for the first time photographs, letters, videos, personal diaries and a replica of his atelier, will shed light on Yun’s relationship with mentor artist Kim Whanki and his deep understanding of Korean history and traditions. His personal artistic technique implied using a wide brush to apply thick blocks of black paint to canvasses of plain cotton or linen.

From the moment he dedicated his life to painting, Yun clearly established his own personal world, which he called the “gate of heaven and earth.” The large-scale retrospective is the artist’s first-ever posthumous exhibition held by a major public art institution in Korea.