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Ahn Kyuchul

Seoul, b.1955

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...

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.

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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

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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Curriculum Vitae

Educations

  • 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
  • 1999
    Trivialities, Artsonje Museum, Gyeongju, Korea
  • 1996
    In Between Objects, Art Space Seoul/Hakgojae, Seoul
  • 1992
    Gallery Space Saemteo, 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
  • 1999
    Phobia-Unconscious Desire, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul
  • Art Wear, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
  • 1998
    Theme Space, Posco Gallery, Seoul
  • Media and Site, Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, Busan, Korea
  • 1997
    Korean Art '97, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
  • '97 Korean Sculpture Today, Moran Museum of Art, Seoul
  • Between Clothes and Self Consciousness, Space Sadi, Seoul
  • Drawing and Writing, Hanlim Art Museum, Daejeon
  • 1996
    Künstler aus Ostasien, Galerie Heppaecher, Esslingen
  • 1995
    Ssak, Old Site of Artsonje Center, Seoul
  • Development of Korean Modernism, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul
  • Zwischenraum, Künstlerwerkstatt, Munich
  • 1994
    Two Person Exhibition, Gallery Brandstäter, Zürich
  • 1993
    Across the Pacific, Queens Museum, New York
  • Two Person Exhibition, galerie Keim, Stuttgart
  • 1987
    10 Artists of the year 1986, Seoul Museum, Seoul
  • 1986
    Landscape of Life, Seoul Museum, Seoul
  • 1985
    Reality and Utterance, Gallery Min, Seoul
  • 1983
    Modern Space Group Sculpture Exhibition, Paldang Outdoor Gallery, Namyangju, Korea

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
  • 1996
    “Museum Without Painting”, Seoul: Yolwhadang

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

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