Seoul, b.1955

Ahn Kyuchul

Ahn Kyuchul was born in Seoul in 1955 and graduated from Seoul National University in 1977 with a BFA in Sculpture. He was an editor of Art Quarterly from 1980 to 1987, during which time he also participated in the artists’ collective “Reality and Utterance,” in 1985. The artist went to France to study in 1987, later moving to Germany in 1988 to attend Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart. He graduated in 1995 after completing both undergraduate and research programs. He currently serves as a professor at the School of Visual Arts, Korea National University of Arts.

During the early 1980s in Korea, Ahn became critical of the monumental sculptures that were thoughtlessly and repetitively erected without any consideration of their social context. Motivated by his observations, Ahn was...

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Biography

Ahn Kyuchul was born in Seoul in 1955 and graduated from Seoul National University in 1977 with a BFA in Sculpture. He was an editor of Art Quarterly from 1980 to 1987, during which time he also participated in the artists’ collective “Reality and Utterance,” in 1985. The artist went to France to study in 1987, later moving to Germany in 1988 to attend Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart. He graduated in 1995 after completing both undergraduate and research programs. He currently serves as a professor at the School of Visual Arts, Korea National University of Arts.

During the early 1980s in Korea, Ahn became critical of the monumental sculptures that were thoughtlessly and repetitively erected without any consideration of their social context. Motivated by his observations, Ahn was compelled to create a small series of paper clay and plaster molds, called Story Sculpture. Through this series of narrative scenes made with simple and widely used materials, Ahn’s work criticized the sculptural norms of the time.

After his studies in Germany, the artist began to develop his use of language as well as his representative “object sculpture” works that imbue everyday objects with new contextual significance. The various strands of Ahn’s practice reflect the artist’s long experience as a journalist. Working for seven years, this professional experience honed his writing skills and conceptual discipline, which today is the foundation for his artistic practice.

In 2015, Ahn was selected to hold a solo exhibition, titled Invisible Land of Love, as part of the Hyundai Motor Series 2015 at the MMCA, a project that showcases major Korean artists. His other solo exhibitions held at major institutions include All and but Nothing (2014) at HITE Collection, Alles hat seine Stunde (2013) at the Goethe Institut, and Forty-Nine Rooms (2004) at Rodin Gallery (later known as Plateau). Group exhibitions with the artist include Variation of the Moon (2014) at Nam June Paik Art Center, Roundtable, the 9th Gwangju Biennale (2012), Korean Art-Void (2007) at Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, and Parallel Life (2005) at Frankfurter Kunstverein.

Ahn’s works are in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea; Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art; Amorepacific Museum of Art; and Wooyang Museum of Contemporary Art (formerly known as Art Sonje Museum). The artist also created the permanent public installation Path of Wind (2010) in the Yeouido neighborhood in Seoul. Ahn Kyuchul has published several printed works including Nine Goldfishes and Water in the Distance (2013), The Man’s Suitcase (2001), and Museum without Painting (1996). He was awarded the 19th Kim Se Choong Sculpture Award in 2005.

Image and Text courtesy of Kukje Gallery

Artworks

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Words Just for You, Ahn Kyuchul Solo Exhibition

RELATED CATEGORIES

Conceptual Art / Daily Life / Drawings / Everyday Objects / Installation / Object Sculpture / Paintings / Sketches

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

  • 1995

    Graduated from Staatliche Akademie der Bildende Künste Stuttgart

  • 1977

    BFA, Sculpture, Seoul National University, Seoul

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2017

    Words Just for You, Kukje Gallery, Seoul

  • 2015

    Invisible Land of Love, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

  • 2014

    All and but Nothing, HITE Collection, Seoul

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017

    Amazing Day, Today!, Goyang Children's Museum, Goyang, Korea

  • 2015

    April the Eternal Voyage, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea

  • 2014

    Variation of the Moon, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin, Korea

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Education

  • 1995

    Graduated from Staatliche Akademie der Bildende Künste Stuttgart

  • 1977

    BFA, Sculpture, Seoul National University, Seoul

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2017

    Words Just for You, Kukje Gallery, Seoul

  • 2015

    Invisible Land of Love, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

  • 2014

    All and but Nothing, HITE Collection, Seoul

  • 2013

    Drawn to the Rainbow, Gallery Skape, Seoul

  • The One and Only Table, Bongsan Cultural Center, Daegu, Korea

  • Alles hat seine Stunde, Goethe Institut, Seoul

  • 2009

    2.6㎡ House, Space Gallery, Seoul

  • 2008

    Ahn Kyu-Chul: Table, Takeout Drawing Arko, Seoul

  • 2007

    Forty-Nine Rooms, Casa Encendida, Madrid

  • 2004

    Forty-Nine Rooms, Rodin gallery(later known as Plateau, Samsung Museum of Art), Seoul

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017

    Amazing Day, Today!, Goyang Children's Museum, Goyang, Korea

  • 2015

    April the Eternal Voyage, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea

  • 2014

    Variation of the Moon, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin, Korea

  • 2013

    Daegu Contemporary Art Festival, Daegu, Korea

  • Haein Art Project, Haein Temple, Hapcheon, Korea

  • Hidden Track, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

  • Five Different Prologues, Gallery Skape, Seoul

  • 2012

    Changwon Sculpture Biennale, Changwon, Korea

  • Roundtable, The 9th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea

  • 2011

    Space Study, Plateau, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul

  • Countdown, Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul

  • 2010

    Works in the Open Air, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea

  • 2009

    Yeomiji Art Project, Yeomiji Botanic Garden, Seogwipo, Korea

  • Moving Museum, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul

  • 2008

    Kaleidoscope-Korean Contemporary Art, Central House of Artist, Moscow

  • 2007

    Korean Art-Void, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul

  • 2006

    Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Echigo-Tsumari Art Field, Niigata, Japan

  • Seoul Forest Park Open Air Sculpture Symposium, Seoul Forest Park, Seoul

  • Drawn to Drawing, SOMA, Seoul

  • 2005

    Cool & Warm, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul

  • Power Station, Marronnier Museum of Art, Seoul

  • Against Translation, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

  • Parallel Life, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt

  • 2004

    The Breath of the House, Youngam Ceramic Culture Center, Youngam, Korea

  • Alchemy of Daily Life, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

  • Absolutely Landscape, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul

  • You Are My Sunshine, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

  • Stillness and Movement, Seoul Olympic Art Museum, Seoul

  • Place/Space, Heyri Art Valley, Paju, Korea

  • 2003

    Comics in Art, Art in Comics, Ewha Womans University Museum, Seoul

  • Crossings 2003, University of Hawaii Art gallery, Honolulu

  • Beauty, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul

  • Art in Landscape, Heyri Art Valley, Paju, Korea

  • 2001

    Pause, Project 4: Connection, The 4th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea

  • Containers, Marronnier Museum of Art, Seoul

  • Art in Movement, Shinsegye Gallery, Incheon/ Gwangju, Korea

  • 2000

    Design or Art, Design Museum, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul

  • Busan International Contemporary Art Festival, Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, Busan, Korea

Collections

  • National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea

  • Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul

  • Arario Gallery, Seoul

  • Amore Pacific Museum of Art, Korea

  • Wooyang Museum, Gyeongju

Publications

  • 2013

    “Nine Goldfishes and Water in the Distance”, Seoul: Hyundae Munhak

  • 2008

    “43 Tables”, Seoul: Takeout Drawing

  • 2001

    “The Man’s Suitcase”, Seoul: Hyundae Munhak