About Kukje Gallery

54, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea

Kukje Gallery has been a pivotal cultural hub in Seoul, Korea since its inception in 1982. Committed to showcasing both international and Korean artists, Kukje is widely celebrated for its diverse and ambitious programming. Specializing in modern and contemporary art, Kukje is very often the first venue presenting prominent artists in Korea, and major exhibitions have been staged to introduce leading international artists such as Alexander Calder, Louise Bourgeois, Donald Judd, Anish Kapoor, Bill Viola, Roni Horn, Candida Höfer, Julian Opie, Paul McCarthy, Jenny Holzer, Eva Hesse and Jean-Michel Othoniel.
In conjunction with its focus on international artists, Kukje is deeply committed to promoting Korean artists abroad, introducing artists such as Yang Hae-Gue, Kim Soo-Ja, Gim Hong-Sok, Ham Kyung-Ah, Jung Yeon-Doo, Kim So-Ra and Choi Jae-Eun around the world. In particular, Kukje has been playing a critical role in introducing Korean artists to important collectors, museums and cultural venues around the world, Furthemore, a lot of Korean artists supported by Kukje Gallery have been invited to participate in international biennials and major art museum exhibitions.

Current Exhibition

Past Exhibition

Park Chan-kyong: 安寧 Farewell

2017.5.25. – 7.2
Kukje Gallery presents 安寧 Farewell, a solo exhibition of Park Chan-Kyong from May 25 to July 2, 2017. Park’s work examines Korean society, framing the rapid socioeconomic development of the past centuries while chronicling the often reckless pursuit of Western modernization and economic growth through subjects including the Cold War and traditional Korean religions. Today, his unique voice is acknowledged both domestically and internationally—due in large part because of his prescient ability to raise vital issues concerning contemporary Korean identity. In particular, Citizen’s Forest will be shown in Korea for the first time at Kukje Gallery. It is a work that, like many in Park’s artistic practice, uncannily engages Korea’s unique history, mirroring poignant and essential themes that face the nation.

Artist’s Note
I think art is something that makes things clear, not obscure, that is art. When you think about what it means to be clear, maybe it is facing more of what we are going through. Strange as it may sound, I do not really believe in the universality of art. When we say the universality of art, we tend to think, “All the international audience can understand a good artwork by Korean artist.” However, I do not think so. We can understand Western art because we know the West relatively well. Because we are influenced by the West a lot. But can Korean art be easily understood by those who do not know Korea well? That is not so. That is why it takes time, and it is built up through a lot of relationships. Therefore I think my work will be better understood by Koreans, and I am embracing this point more positively. And because we are now so westernized, and were modernized too quickly, a lot was lost. I hope these aspects can be reconsidered through this exhibition or my work.

1988 B.F.A. Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
1995 M.F.A. Program in Photography, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, USA

Selected Solo Exhibition
2017 安寧 Farewell, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2016 Park Chan-kyong, Tina Kim Gallery, New York, USA
2015 Pa-Gyong: Last Sutra Recitation, Iniva, London, UK
2008 Sindoan, Atelier Hermès, Seoul, Korea

Selected Group Exhibition
2017 2 or 3 Tigers, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
2016 Anyang Public Art Project 5, Anyang Art Center, Anyang, Korea
The 10th Taipei Biennale, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2013 Real DMZ Project: From the North, Artsonje Center, Seoul, Korea
2012 Korean Film Festival DC 2012, Freer l Sackler, The Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art, Washington DC, USA

Past Exhibition

A Snowflake

Exhibition Artists: Gim Ik-Hyun, Choi Yun, Park Jung-Hae, Lee Mire
2017.5.25 – 7.2.
In his book What Shape is a Snowflake? the British mathematician Ian Stewart analyzes the hexagonal pattern of snowflakes and their molecular structure—a phenomenon he compares to the growth principles seen in spider webs. Inspired by the book, the exhibition examines the unique formats of each artist’s work, specifically the way each conceives of an artwork by integrating fragmented ideas into a final result.

Curator’s Note
In this exhibition, the analogy of the snowflake allows for a framing of things that start off with a preconceived structure but become unrecognizable. The title of the exhibition actually originated with a far simpler concept, a “snowman,” an object easily perceived and recognized by all people, from children to the elderly all around the globe. In contrast to a snowman that symbolizes something that is cute, adorable, and wintery, i.e., an icon that is recognizable “information,” a snowflake is a fragmentary and intangible object, whose usage is hard to identify. A snowflake is also a metaphor for human intuition and as such presents the tension between subjective and objective perception. This framing allows me to organize around the premise that, in order to observe an object, we need to establish our own empirical time and experience rather than compare it with others; in this way, I argue for the unique way of seeing of each individual artist, using the exhibition design to highlight these subtleties.

Gim Ik-Hyun

2011 B.F.A in Photography and visual media, Sang-myung University Seoul, Korea

Selected Solo & Group Exhibition
2016 LINK PATH LAYER, space nowhere, Seoul, Korea
2016 2016 SeMA Gold, X : Korean Art in the Nineties, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2016 ID, Seoul Lunarphoto festival, Artspace Boan1942 facade, Seoul, Korea
2016 SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul 2016, NERIRI KIRURU HARARA, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul Korea
2016 Push, Pull, Drag, Platform-L, Seoul, Korea
2016 2016 SeMa Blue, Seoul Babel, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2015 URBAN SYNESTHESIA, Kaohsiunh Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2015 Single love you cucumber massage, Takeout drawing, Seoul, Korea
2015 Flat Repository, Takeout drawing, Seoul, Korea
2015 Birth of Scene, Gallery LUX, Seoul, Korea
2014 Why can’t we see far side of the moon?, TexasProject space, Seoul, Korea
2014 Seongbuk Documenta, Seongbuk Art Space, Seoul, Korea
2014 Miryang Document Project, Gallery ryugaheon, Seoul, Korea
2013 Mediacity Seoul 2014: Pre-Biennale hub, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2012 Decisiveness of National Salvation, SPACE99, Seoul, Korea
2012 Archetype, Artist run space 413, Seoul, Korea

Park Jung-Hae

2013 B.F.A in Fine Art, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea

Selected Solo Exhibition
2016 Dear. Drops, Archive Bomm, Seoul, Korea

Selected Group Exhibition
2016 Seoul Focus NO LONGER OBJECTS, Buk-Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2016 Twin Peaks, HITE Collection, Seoul, Korea
2015 AUTOSAVE: When It looks It Is Over, Common center, Seoul, Korea
2015 GOODS, Sejong art center, Seoul, Korea
2015 Crossing Plane: Unit, Layer, Nostalgia, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2014 Today’s salon, Common Center, Seoul, Korea
2013 PlaceboFactory, Honhik University, Seoul, Korea
2012 Spring Water, 2012 Busen Biennale, Busan, Korea

Choi Yun

2017 M.F.A major in Fine Art, New Media, Korea National Univer sity of Art, Seoul, Korea
2014 B.F.A major in Fine Art, minor in Art Theory, Korea National University of Art, Seoul, Korea
2012 Exchange program, 2012, Malmö Art Academy, Malmö, Sweden

Selected Solo Exhibition
2015 The Shape of Today, 153th Nuha-dong, Seoul, Korea
2012 Transparent Face, Inter Art Center, Malmö, Sweden

Selected Group Exhibition
2017 Shame on You, Doosan Gallery New York, New York, USA
2016 No Longer Objects, SeMA, Buk-Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2016 X:1990’s Korean Art in the Nineties, Seoul Museum of Art , Seoul, Korea
2016 Who’s Who, Walely Art/Audio Visual Pavilion, Taipei/Seoul, Taiwan, Korea
2016 Osmosis Audiovisual Media Festival, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2016 The 16th Seoul International New Media Festival, Indie Space, Seoul, Korea
2016 Swallow flies Dragon wakes, Sansumunhwa, Seoul, Korea
2016 Seoul Babel, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2015 /documents, Audio Visual Pavilion, Seoul, Korea
2015 Goods, Sejong Center, Seoul, Korea
2015 Patch Notes, Gyoyokso, Seoul, Korea
2015 Broadcasting Tower, Aglow Space, Tainan, Taiwan
2015 Outside of Timeline, Space Now Here, Seoul, Korea
2015 AUTOSAVE : When It looks It Is Over, Common Center, Seoul, Korea
2014 Video Relay Taansan, Space Feelux, Arko Art Museum, Seoul, Korea
2014 The 14th Seoul International New Media Festival, Igong, Sa nwoollim Theater, Seoul, Korea
2014 Riding at Dawn, Space Willing N Dealing, Seoul, Korea
2014 Artsonje Screening&Artists Talk, B1 Arthall, Artsonje Center, Seoul, Korea
2014 When the Future Ended, Hite Collection, Seoul, Korea
2013 Mr & Mrs Chow, Penang, Malaysia
2012 Found Belonging, KHM, Malmö, Sweden
2012 On the Screen Within the Screen, Inter Art Center, Malmö, Sweden

Lee Mire

2012 B.F.A Seoul National University Dep. of sculpture, College of Fine Arts, Seoul, Korea

Selected Solo Exhibition
2014 War is Won by Sentiment Not by Soldiers, Insa Art Space, Seoul, Korea
2014 Front View of Omissions, onground_jisangso, Seoul, Korea

Selected Group Exhibition
2017 Do it 2017, Seoul, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2017 The Cameraperson, gallery175, Seoul, Korea
2016 APAP5, Anyang Public Art Project, Anyang, Korea
2016 KIMKIM Art Fair LAVA! Come Back to Me!, KIMKIM gallery, Yangpyeong, Korea
2016 The art of not landing, Cake Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2016 NERIRI KIRURU HARARA, SeMA Biennial Mediacity Seoul, Seoul Museum of Arts, Seoul, Korea
2016 Andrea, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2016 Very Short Film Festival, Auditorium at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2016 Old Tactics New Pleasure, Rue Geoffrey l’Assnier 20, Paris, France
2015 goods, Sejong Center, Seoul, Korea
2015 Long Armed Sculpture and Space for Autonomy, Space 413, Seoul, Korea
2015 Flat Repository, Take Out Drawings, Seoul, Korea
2015 8yoil noons, Barim, Gwangju, Korea
2014 Trunk Gallery Window Project, Trunk Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2013 Showcase <99℃ +1>, Seoul Art Space_Seogyo, Seoul, Korea
2013 Chicken Soup Party, Tongin-dong 102bungee, Seoul, Korea
2012 Amplipoint, Open-air Theatre in Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
2012 Travel Grant, Ilhyun Museaum of Arts, Yangyang, Korea