In 1964 Kim wrote: ‘I can’t work very well today because it’s overcast. Learn about the artist and find an in-depth biography, exhibitions, original artworks, the latest news, and sold auction prices. "[10], During his career in New York, works depicting cosmic, planetary subjects, sound, echo, and music arose. In the 1950s, he started to use these artifacts as motifs in his paintings. Today, Whanki is celebrated internationally as a pioneering figure among Korean Abstract painters, and in 1992, the Whanki Museum was founded in Seoul to 1974 Kim Whanki est un artiste abstrait coréen, il est né le 27 février 1913 dans la province du Jeolla du Sud et est mort le 25 juillet 1974 à New York. He also came into contact with many of the greats of Modern American painting. Having worked between Paris and Seoul in … With refined and moderated formative expression based on Korean Lyricism, he created his characteristic art world. According to the specialist, in order to create these works the artist had to stand for many hours and look down upon a canvas laid on a table, bending over to mark each calligraphic dot while carefully controlling the paint with a thin ink brush. [2] Kim's early works were semi-abstract paintings which allowed beholders to see certain forms, but his later works were more deeply absorbed abstract paintings, filled with lines and spaces.[3]. 1929) and the sculptor Han Yong-Jin (b. ‘He is the godfather of Korean monochrome art,’ says Jung. Having decided to become an artist against his father’s wishes, Kim secretly boarded a vessel bound for Japan so he could attend the Department of Fine Arts at Nihon University. EXHIBITION Coexistence 'Coexistence' symbolizes the presence of Kim Kulim, Kim Tschangyeul, Kim Whanki, Lee Ufan, Chun Kwangyoung under one roof who left a great mark in Korean art history from the 1960s to the 2000s. On his return to Seoul in 1959 he was almost immediately offered the position of Dean of Faculty at the College of Fine Arts at Hongik University. PUBLIC ART WORKS ART PROJECTS MEDIA ART CONTACT More Whanki Kim 金煥基 김환기 (1913-1974) Information Artist Whan-ki Kim born in 1913 belongs to the 1st generation of Korean modern abstract art. “There's beauty in my art, and this beauty comes from having lived in the Korean countryside,” he once explained. The Whanki Museum is a private art museum in Jongno-gu, in central Seoul, South Korea. Kim Whanki, also Kim Whan-ki or Kim Hwan-gi (1913–1974, hangul: 김환기), was a pioneering abstract artist of Korea. [7] His works of 1937 and 1938, such as Rondo, Aria, and White Seagull, are said to show a clear turn towards abstraction with their compositions of pure geometric shapes consisting of repeated rhythmic circular and oblong shapes with squares intersecting or overlapping. Kim Whanki, the pioneer of Korean abstract art, expressed a Korean sentiment and sense of beauty through understated formative language by choosing natural and traditional subjects such as mountains, rivers, the moon, cranes, Japanese apricots, and moon jars., rivers, the moon, cranes, Japanese apricots, and moon jars. During his New York period, Kim explored a variety of materials and techniques, including gouache, sand mixed with oil paint, oil on newspaper, collage and papier mâché. The pioneers of Dansaekhwa are born between 1913 and 1936 and avoided any reference to Western realism in their works, creating primarily monochrome and minimalist paintings. Whanki Museum has built in 1992 through the Whanki Foundation a year after Kim Whanki passed away. Paris, the capital of the world of modern art, was the place that would cure them of their sense of inferiority, which had resulted from their negative experiences with Western art in Japan. Starting in 1954, many Korean artists made this trip including Nam Kwan, Kim Heung-su, and Kim Chong-ha. Growing up as the fourth child and only son of wealthy farmer Kim Sang-hyeon, Kim Whanki grew up comfortably and started studying abroad at the age of 19. Offered in the 20th Century and Contemporary Art (Evening Sale) on 23 November at Christie’s in Hong Kong. Jeong Ji-Yong was imprisoned for his Marxist sympathies and later died in jail, while Kim Yong-Jun and Lee Tae-Joon escaped by defecting to North Korea. Whanki Kim also fled Seoul for safety in the South and entered a refugee camp for three years. Kim died at the age of 61 in New York City on July 25, 1974. His desire to present pure composition and simplified objects is evident in work such as Woods. Kim Whanki left for New York in October 1963. Lee Tae-Joon, however, disappeared sometime around 1956, and was presumed to have been killed. [8], When Kim Whanki returned to Seoul in 1953, his obsession with jars grew once again and even more than before. By 1940, this exhibition was no longer called the Free Painters Exhibition. The artists also attempted to break away from the heritage of Japanese imperialism and Western abstraction. In this foreign land, Kim found confidence in his work and in Korean art. It was also during this period that his signature blue palette began to appear. Kim Whanki also Kim Whanki or Kim Hwangi 19131974 hangul was a pioneering abstract artist of Korea Born February 27 1913 in the village of Eup Joan Miro Artist Art My Favorite Color Gouache Painting & Drawing Printmaking Texture Drawings Prints Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000 Description: A framed drawing by the pioneering Korean abstract artist Whanki Kim (1913-1974). Still now the museum continues to hold Kim Whanki's Exhibitions and the other various art … The Creative Artists Association made a branch in Korea and held its first exhibition in Seoul where Korean artists including Kim, as well as a number of Japanese artists, exhibited their work. Kim's journals show that his departure for Paris was something he had been planning for quite a while. His peripatetic lifestyle, which saw him move from his homeland to Japan, France and finally to America, reflects his quest to develop and express a unique abstract painting style. Korean modern art master Kim Whan-ki is widely known at home and abroad for his signature dot paintings. In his university years, he became fascinated by the work of Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso[6] and was influenced by his mentors, Togo Seiji and Fujita Tsuguji, who had created new waves of Cubism and Futurism in Japan after having had direct interaction with Cubists and Futurist artists in Europe. It was established by the Whanki Foundation mainly to exhibit and commemorate the art of Whanki Kim, one of Korea’s foremost abstract Kim Whanki (1913-1974) is hailed as one of the pioneers of abstract painting in Korea. After returning from his studies in Tokyo, Kim continued to get to know members of the Korean literary circle while gaining more interest in traditional Korean art. Jung explains that it was painted with a thin calligraphic brush in the manner of traditional Asian ink paintings and ‘epitomises the peak of both spiritual and technical maturity in Kim’s “Pointillist” works’. has no relation to Kim Whanki and his art… 05-IV-71 #200 (Universe)  is partially visible in the background. Seoul, Korea, Whanki Museum, The Centennial Celebration of Kim Whanki’s Birth II: Kim Whanki, Chant for Eternity, 28th September – 31st December 2013. Kim Whanki, also Kim Whan-ki or Kim Hwan-gi (1913–1974, hangul: 김환기), was a pioneering abstract artist of Korea. Illustrated with works offered at Christie’s, Kim Whanki founded an avant-garde art movement, Kim studied in Paris before moving to New York, He was influenced by Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman, Simple composition, the subtle colour of blue. Kim's time in Tokyo supported his identity as an Abstract artist. This was the first year that Korea participated in the São Paulo Biennial, and Kim participated as a commissioner as well as a contributing artist. [8] It was in Japan that Kim had his first solo exhibition. Each panel: 254 x 127 cm (100 x 50 in); overall: 254 x 254 cm (100 x 100 in). In 1953, Kim returned to Seoul and began teaching at the college of Fine Arts, at Hongik University. Kim Whan-Ki photographed in 1972, sitting in front of 05-IV-71 #200 (Universe). His peripatetic lifestyle, which saw him move from his homeland to Japan, France and finally to America, reflects his quest to develop and express a unique abstract painting style. Some of them based their work on traditional Korean ink portraits, and used tradi… This painstaking, labour-intensive process gradually damaged Kim’s spine and by 1974, he was forced to seek treatment. The artist was fortunate to be surrounded by a group of highly articulate young Korean expats, including the Fluxus video artist Nam-June Paik (1932-2006), painter Kim Tschang-Yeul (b. Kim Whan-Ki (1913-1974), 05-IV-71 #200 (Universe), 1971. At first glance, these worked can be easily mistaken for Western geometric abstraction. Kim Whanki, also Kim Whan-ki or Kim Hwan-gi (1913–1974, hangul: 김환기), was a pioneering abstract artist of Korea. HONG KONG - Pioneer of modern Korean abstract art, Kim Whanki (1913-1974) opened a new chapter in Korean art history with his largest monochrome dot painting which set an unprecedented record at Christie’s Hong It was during this time that Kim began to utilize dots in his works, sometimes even covering whole canvases with just dots, such as in Where and in What Form Are We to Meet Again? At the time of his death, Kim was already recognised as a pioneer of abstract art in Korea. [8] Kim is said to have submitted six pieces: Island Tale, Still Life, Landscape 1, Landscape 2, Landscape at Atami, and Chamber Music before he left the Association in 1941.[8]. Estimate: HK$48,000,000-62,000,000. “There's beauty in my art, and this beauty comes from having lived in the Korean countryside,” he once explained. During this time in Seoul Kim discovered the beauty represented by the white ceramic and wooden artifacts of the Yi dynasty. [8], During the Korean War, the Korean government moved to the southern port city of Busan, along with many refugees. Kim Whan-Ki in his New York studio in 1971. It took place at the Amagi Gallery, right before he returned home to Seoul. Artwork © Whanki Foundation-Whanki Museum. Kim Whanki (1913-1974) is hailed as one of the pioneers of abstract painting in Korea. Filter by auction house, media and more. Born February 27, 1913, in … [9], Based on his submissions to the neorealism exhibitions, Kim's works during 1942 and 1950 show inspiration from nature and everyday life. Our [Korean] jars opened my scope on aesthetic quality and Korean people, which can be said that the textbook I used were these jars. ‘Without him, Dansaekhwa might never have happened.’, The artist in his New York studio in 1972. Whanki Kim was a Korean painter best known for his softly colored abstractions. The Whanki Museum is a private art museum in Jongno-gu, in central Seoul, South Korea. [8] In the second half of his time in New York, Kim spent much time on collages, papier-mâché works, and oil-on-newspaper paintings. These years are said to have been a time of suffering for Whanki Kim—his wife, Hyang-an Kim, recalls his strong rage and habit of drinking, though he did continue to paint. Kim Whanki (hangul: 김환기), também Kim Whan-ki ou Kim Hwan-gi (Jeolla do Sul, 27 de fevereiro de 1913 — Nova Iorque, 25 de julho de 1974) foi um artista pioneiro de arte abstrata na Coreia. Kim Whanki also Kim Whanki or Kim Hwangi 19131974 hangul was a pioneering abstract artist of Korea Born February 27 1913 in the village of Eup Conceptual Art Artist Painting Oriental Art Art Max Ernst Oil On Canvas Asian Art Korean Art Whanki Kim's work has been offered at auction multiple times, with realized prices ranging from $242 USD to $13,035,786 USD, depending on the size and medium of the artwork. ‘Do the lines I draw go beyond the limit of the sky?’ he wrote in one. Respected domestically and abroad, the Whanki Museum, dedicated to Kim, opened in Seoul in 1992. I felt confident that my art had meaning. Christie’s Online Magazine delivers our best features, videos, and auction news to your inbox every week. Simple composition, the subtle colour of blue — only I can create my world. Photo and artworks: © Whanki Foundation-Whanki Museum, Get the best stories from Christies.com in a weekly email, *We will never sell or rent your information. The artists sought to articulate the essence of nature through abstract art. He established himself as a pioneer of abstract art within Korea, gathering inspiration … It was a bold move, says Christie’s Seoul-based Vice-President Yunah Jung: ‘It is quite amazing that Kim rejected the security of life as a professor and established artist in his homeland in order to fully commit to his avant-garde experiments.’, The first few years in the city were tough. Speaking to ArtAsiaPacific, the Whanki Foundation, founded in 1979 by the artist’s wife Kim Hyang-an, claimed that “The floating museum . 20-dic-2015 - Explora el tablero "WHANKI KIM - COREA" de Anxo de Pantin, que 142 personas siguen en Pinterest. Photo and artwork: © Whan-Ki Foundation-Whan-Ki Museum. KIM Whanki was a painter known for his softly colored abstract paintings. [6] In 1931, he enrolled in Nishikishiro High School in Tokyo and continued to study at the College of Arts at Nihon University from 1933 until 1936. His artworks largely dealt with diverse hues and patterns. Lee Gyuhyun, 안녕하세요 예술가씨, Hello Mr.Ms. [8] Even though many artists and their works were significantly changed during trips abroad, Kim intentionally kept consistency and continued to portray motifs of jars, birds, mountains, deer, and plum blossoms. Korean painting because it ’ s in Hong Kong visible in the South entered. 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