About KUKJE Gallery

54, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
+82-2-735-8449

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 Hae-Gue Yang, Soo-Ja Kim, Hong-Sok Gim, Kyung-Ah Ham, Yeon-Doo Jung, So-Ra Kim and Jae-Eun Choi 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

Paul McCarthy

2017.9.14 ~ 10.29
KUKJE Gallery presented a solo exhibition of Paul McCarthy open from September 14 to October 29, 2017. The exhibition was the artist’s second showing at KUKJE Gallery following his acclaimed exhibition Paul McCarthy: Nine Dwarves in 2012.
Paul McCarthy occupies a critically important place in contemporary art. Over more than four decades his work has repeatedly challenged audiences to confront popular myths and wrestle with the psychological undercurrents of capitalism. His work is both generous and confrontational; meticulously conceived and crafted no matter what medium he uses, his complex, often overlapping projects have come to define the zeitgeist of postmodern visual art. Exploiting genres as diverse as sculpture, performance, film, and photography, McCarthy has invented an entirely new category of art making—a mash-up of mass media and cultural fantasia that is at once universal and shockingly personal.
This balance of culture and psychology was is the underlying theme of the show that continued continues the artist’s exploration of myth, folklore and popular iconography including familiar stories such as Snow White. Made famous by Walt Disney’s beloved 1937 animated classic film ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,’ the role of the innocent princess has served as a cipher for McCarthy’s exploration of how media commercializes desire, best illustrated by the countless kitsch objects that have been created over the past century to market the fairy tale. McCarthy has appropriated these ubiquitous figurines, altering their scale and fragmenting them in both heroic and abject ways. In repeatedly co-opting familiar tropes of normative social values, McCarthy confronts the way our identity is constructed, often subconsciously.
One of the unique ways the artist works is to recycle and reclaim aspects of his fabrication process as means of creating new and unpredictable sculptures. He has likened these works to “spin-offs” alluding both to their material evolution and the popular term in Hollywood for cross-marketing entertainment products. In the case of Snow White, McCarthy has created numerous intersecting bodies of works including video, installation and sculpture under the title White Snow (WS). For this exhibition, McCarthy will include fragments of White Snow (WS)’s head in silicone. In addition, he has begun using a component of the casting process known as the “core” as another parallel body of work. Typically hidden from view within the sculpture itself, the artist began using the core as a spin-off, presenting an unsettling vision of what lies beneath or within our fictional characters—in effect, presenting the interior space of our most cherished myths.
This strategy of using the core has also been used in another sculptural series inspired by the French artist Francis Picabia (1879–1953). In these works, McCarthy was influenced by the painting Woman with Idol (1940–1943), in which Picabia depicts a female figure embracing a giant pagan idol. Appropriating the idol in much the same way as a Disney character, McCarthy has spun off various core sculptures in a range of colors and cut-up configurations. In reproducing this archetypal facsimile of a god-like fetish, the artist has created a potent reflection on our pulp fiction desire for the primitive and supernatural.
In another never-before-seen body of work, McCarthy has scanned his own naked body and cast it in resin. Violently cutting and reassembling these hyperreal, life-sized sculptures, the artist has created an uncanny meditation on the human form that evokes both fun-house horror and classic statuary. In addition to these striking and beautiful figures, the artist has also produced a suite of large-scale prints made using the same digital scans. Painting on top of these serene and disturbing prints, McCarthy has successfully created a powerful and unsettling installation evoking classical allegory.

Paul McCarthy

Education
1973 M.F.A. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, United States
1969 B.F.A San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, United States

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2012 Paul McCarthy, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2011 The Dwarves and The Forests, Hauser & Wirth, New York, United States
2011 The King, The Island, The Train, The House, The Ship, Hauser & Wirth, London, England
2011 Skulptur: Paul McCarthy “Henry Moore Bound to Fail”, KÖR Kunst im öffentlichen Raum, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
2011 Paul McCarthy; White Snow Dwarf (Dopey # 1), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, United States
2011 Paul McCarthy – Selected Works, Charles Riva Collection, Bruxelles, Belgium
2010 Caribbean Pirates – in collaboration with Damon McCarthy, Sammlung Friedrichshof, Zurndorf, Austria
2010 Three Sculptures, L&M Arts, Los Angeles, United States
2010 Pig Island, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan, Italy
2009 White Snow, Hauser & Wirth New York, New York, United States
2009 Paul McCarthy – Air Pressure, De Uithof, City of Utrecht, Netherlands
2009 Paul McCarthy, Hauser & Wirth Zürich, Switzerland
2009 Paul McCarthy & Benjamin Weissman – Quilting Sessions, KUMU Eesti Kunstimuuseum, Tallinn, Estonia (Travelling Exhibition)
2009 Contemporary trends in video art – Paul McCarthy, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, United States
2009 Paul McCarthy & Benjamin Weissman – Quilting Sessions, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, , Warsaw, Poland (Travelling Exhibition)
2008 Central Symmetrical Rotation Movement – Three Installations, Two Films, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY
2008 Paul McCarthy & Benjamin Weissman – Quilting Sessions, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento, Italy (Travelling Exhibition)
2007 Paul McCarthy’s Chocolate Factory, Maccarone Gallery, New York, United States
2007 S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, ‘Paul McCarthy – Head Shop / Shop Head’, Ghent, Belgium (Travelling Exhibition)
2007 Paul McCarthy: Tokyo Santa 1996/2004, Essl Museum Kunst der Gegenwart, Klosterneuburg, Austria
2007 Paul McCarthy – Air Born / Air Borne / Air Pressure, Middelheim Sculpture Museum, Antwerp, Belgium
2007 Paul McCarthy – Damon McCarthy. Portfolios, Hauser & Wirth Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
2007 Paul McCarthy – Head Shop / Shop Head, ARoS – Aarhus Museum of Art, Denmark (Travelling Exhibition)
2006 Paul McCarthy. Between Beauty and the Beast. Sculptures, Drawings and Photographs, Nyehaus, New York NY
2006 Paul McCarthy – Head Shop / Shop Head, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (Travelling Exhibition)
2005 Paul McCarthy: LaLa Land Parody Paradise, Whitechapel, London, England (Travelling Exhibition)
2005 Paul McCarthy: LaLa Land Parodie Paradies, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (Travelling Exhibition)
2004 Paul McCarthy: Brain Box – Dream Box, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands (Travelling Exhibition)
2004 Paul McCarthy: Brain Box – Dream Box, Centro de Arte Contemporàneo, Malaga, Spain (Travelling Exhibition)
2003 Paul McCarthy – Piccadilly Circus, Hauser & Wirth London, England
2003 Paul McCarthy at Tate Modern, Tate Modern, London, England
2003 Paul McCarthy: Films and Video Works, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway
2002 Propposition(collaboration with Jason Rhoades), Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg, Germany
2002 Paul McCarthy & Jason Rhoades: Shit Plugs, Hauser & Wirth Zürich, Switzerland
2002 Paul McCarthy: Clean Thoughts, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, United States
2002 Paul McCarthy: videowerken 1971-1999, De Hallen, Haarlem, Netherlands
2002 Paul McCarthy: Videos, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
2001 Paul McCarthy: Videos und Fotografien, Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany
2001 Paul McCarthy, Pirate Drawings, Hauser & Wirth Zürich, Switzerland
2001 Villa Arson, Nice, France
2001 New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, United States
2001 Paul McCarthy – The Garden, Deitch Projects, New York, United States
2001 Paul McCarthy – The Box, Public Art Fund (IBM Building, 590 Madison Av at 56th Street), New York, United States
2001 Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, United States
2000 MOCA – The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles CA
2000 Heidi File, Patrick Painter, Inc., Santa Monica, United States
2000 Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens, Greece
2000 Projekt Fassade, Wiener Secession, Wien, Austria
1999 Proposition’ (collaboration with Jason Rhoades), David Zwirner Gallery, New York NY
1999 Sammlung Hauser und Wirth in der Lokremise St.Gallen, ‘Dimensions of the Mind’, Switzerland
1999 Dead H and Early Performance Photographs, Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy
1999 Tokyo Santa – Santa’s Trees, Blum and Poe, Santa Monica CA
1998 Painter, Video and Drawings, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria
1998 Photographs-Performance Photographs and Video, 1969-1983, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York United States(Travelling Exhibition)
1998 Photographs-Performance Photographs and Video, 1969-1983, Patrick Painter, Inc., Santa Monica, United States (Travelling Exhibition)
1997 Santa Chocolate Shop, Hauser & Wirth Zürich, Switzerland
1996 Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1996 Saloon, Air de Paris, France
1996 Yaa-Hoo, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York NY
1996 Video Works, Galerie Drantmann, Brussels, Belgium
1996 Video and Drawings, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
1995 5 Photographic Works, 1970-1974, Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, United States
1995 Painter, Projects Room, Museum of Modern Art, New York NY
1995 Art and Public, Geneva, Switzerland
1995 Tomato Head Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
1995 Pinocchio Pipenose Housholddilemma Tour, Galeria Antoni Estrany, Barcelona, Spain (Travelling Exhibition)
1995 Pinocchio Pipenose Housholddilemma Tour, Luhring and Augustine, New York, United States (Travelling Exhibition)
1995 Pinocchio Pipenose Housholddilemma Tour, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark (Travelling Exhibition)
1995 Pinocchio Pipenose Housholddilemma Tour, Esther Schipper Galerie, Cologne, Germany (Travelling Exhibition)
1995 Pinocchio Pipenose Housholddilemma Tour, Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy (Travelling Exhibition)
1995 Pinocchio Pipenose Housholddilemma Tour, McKinney Art Center, Dallas, United States (Travelling Exhibition)
1995 Pinocchio Pipenose Housholddilemma Tour, Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand (Travelling Exhibition)
1995 Pinocchio Pipenose Housholddilemma Tour, Linz, Austria (Travelling Exhibition)
1994 Pinocchio Pipenose Housholddilemma Tour, Air de Paris, France (Travelling Exhibition)
1994 Le Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain Poitou-Charentes, Angoulême, France
1994 Air de Paris, Nice, France
1994 Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles CA
1994 Galerie George-Philippe Vallois, Paris, France
1994 Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy
1993 Video, Ynglingagatan 1 Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
1993 Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria
1993 Buchholz und Buchholz, ‘The Dead Viking’, Cologne, Germany
1993 Luring Augustine Gallery, Paul McCarthy, New York, United States
1991 Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, United States
1990 Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, United States
1987 Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, United States
1986 Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, United States
1985 AAA Art, Los Angeles, United States
1983 Paintings, Cirque Divers, Liège, Belgium
1982 Human Object, LACE – Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, United States
1979 Contemporary Cure All, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, United States
1979 Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Exhibitions, ‘Deadening’, Los Angeles, United States


Past Exhibition

Chan-Kyong Park: 安寧 Farewell

2017.5.25. ~ 7.2

KUKJE Gallery presented 安寧 Farewell, a solo exhibition of Chan-Kyong Park 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 was 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.

Education
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, United States
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, United States

Past Exhibition

A Snowflake

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 examined the unique formats of each artist’s work, specifically the way each conceived of an artwork by integrating fragmented ideas into a final result.

Ik-Hyun Gim

Education
2011 B.F.A in Photography and Visual Media, Sang-Myung University Seoul, Korea

Selected Solo & Group Exhibitions
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

Jung-Hae Park

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

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

Selected Group Exhibitions
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

Yun Choi

Education
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, Malmö Art Academy, Malmö, Sweden

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

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Shame on You, Doosan Gallery New York, New York, United States
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

Mire Lee

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

Selected Solo Exhibitions
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 Exhibitions
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