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 Anthony Caro, Anselm Kiefer, 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. Just as importantly, Kukje has made a strong commitment to post war Korean artists like Ha Chong-Hyun, Lee Ufan, Chung Chang-Sup, Kwon Young-Woo, Park Seo-Bo, and Chung Sang-Hwa. Kukje is recognized as a significant contributor shaping Korea’s cultural landscape, and building on its unmatched reputation, Kukje continues to play a key role in developing the domestic art market as well as providing an important venue for introducing international trends.

Past Exhibition
Anish Kapoor Gathering Clouds
2016. 8. 31. – 2016. 10. 30.

Kukje Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of recent works by the internationally renowned artist, Anish Kapoor from August 31st to October 30th. Titled Gathering Clouds, the exhibition will showcase sculptures that reflect his mastery of formal investigation and material science. This will be his third exhibition at the gallery following previous shows in 2003 and 2008. Spanning two gallery spaces, K1 and K3, the exhibit will include two unique yet related series that together further cement his reputation as a fearless interlocutor of materials and conceptual rigor. The new works showcase how Kapoor’s work explores symbolic forms and advanced engineering along with an ongoing investigation of how different materials impact reflection and distortion.

Past Exhibition
Wook-kyung Choi: American Years 1960s-1970s
2016. 8. 31. – 2016. 10. 30.

Kukje Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition of Wook-kyung Choi, an artist who is well known for her contribution expanding the field of Korean Abstract Expressionism. This is her second exhibition at Kukje Gallery since her first solo exhibition in 2005. Curated by Sungwon Kim, the exhibition will focus on her drawings and paintings from the 1960s to the 1970s, completed while the artist was living in the United States. This exhibition presents Choi’s course of experimental works of the 1960s, characterized with the use of intense colors and free, passionate brushwork that formed her own style based on the strong influence of American Abstract Expressionism.
The 1960s to the 1970s, the focus period of this solo exhibition on Wook-kyung Choi, saw the bustling activity of the famed Korean dansaekhwa painters including Kim Whanki, Lee Ufan, Park Seo-Bo, and Chung Sang-Hwa. Korean artists of this time were more influenced by the Mono-ha and Arte Povera movements from Japan and Europe, as opposed to American Contemporary Art. Additionally, the mainstream, National Korean Art Exhibition focused on exhibiting conservative artworks. Choi was distant from the context of Korean contemporary art trends and found difficulty in becoming included in the mainstream Korean art world even after her return to Korea in 1979.
However, Wook-kyung Choi’s autonomous world of art not only paradoxically reveals her artistic attitude and spirit, but also demonstrates her knowledge of the then-revolutionary American Abstract Expressionism and her parallelism with international art movements. Through this exhibition, Kukje Gallery will consistently rediscover Choi’s artistic principles and historical value and will ultimately aim to promote the exploration of the diversity of modern Korean art.

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Na Kim