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Park Seo-Bo

29.9. 2019 – 29.3.2020

Curated by Christiane Maria Schneider

The Langen Foundation is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Germany by Park Seo-Bo (b. 1931).  Regarded as one of the leading figures in contemporary Korean art, Park Seo-Bo is credited as being the father of the ‘Dansaekhwa’ (Korean Monochrome Painting) movement. Born in 1931 in Yecheon, Gyeongbuk, Park was part of a generation that was deeply affected by the Korean War (1950–53) which divided the country into North and South. He began to experiment with Western abstraction, particularly with Art Informel, which he encountered during a stay in Paris in 1961. Shortly after, he started working with a more introspective method with origins in Taoist and Buddhist philosophy as well as in the Korean tradition of calligraphy. Park Seo-Bo is best known for his Écriture series conceived in the late 1960s. Écriture, French for the act of writing, sees Park Seo-Bo bring together two central methods of working and highlights his spiritual approach to ideas of time, space and material. The delicate repetition of pencil strokes reflects the traditional significance of Asian calligraphy whilst establishing a proximity to Western Abstract Expressionism. In 1983, Park Seo-Bo introduced Hanji, a traditional Korean paper made from the inner bark of mulberry trees, into his works. Dampening it and applying it to the canvas in layers, he used various tools to create a sculptural surface. This evolution, together with the introduction of colour, enabled him to extend his practice even further while continuing his quest for emptiness through reduction.

The exhibition takes place throughout the museum and includes 40 works that give a broad overview of his practice.

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Minjung Kim

29.9. 2019 – 29.3.2020

Curated by Christiane Maria Schneider

The Langen Foundation is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Germany by Minjung Kim (b.1962).

Trained in Korean watercolour painting and calligraphy from the age of nine, Minjung Kim uses traditional Korean techniques and materials to create her conceptual, mixed-media works. Her refined, minimalist language is profoundly informed by Taoist meditation but also an instinctive and very personal one.

Minjung Kim's abstract paintings are created using layers of Hanji – a traditional Korean paper made from the inner bark of mulberry trees. Using the rhythm of her breath on a lit incense stick, she gently and rhythmically burns the edges of each individual strip, and using a traditional Korean gluing technique painstakingly collages these strips,  layer by layer, onto a larger Hanji surface. The artist has described her work as a 'visualization of Zen and Tao'; a unique, meditative process whereby she remains silent and of even breath when executing each mark. This technique lends itself to Dansaekhwa and results in highly rhythmical, abstract surfaces.  

Minjung Kim studied at Hongik University Seoul and she continued her studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. Whilst in Europe, Minjung Kim was inspired by modern European artists such as Constantin Brancusi, Brice Marden and Carl André, and her use of collage was equally influenced by 20th-century Western Art. She has since lived in Italy, France and New York.

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