Hoam Museum presents abstract master Kim Whanki’s retrospective

Hoam Museum of Art, a private gallery run by Samsung Foundation of Culture, said Monday it will hold a retrospective of Korean abstract master Kim Whanki (1913-74) to commemorate its reopening after a year of renovation.

The private gallery in Yongin, just south of Seoul, is set to present about 120 works of Kim, a pioneer of Korea’s abstract art, in the exhibition titled “a dot, a sky_ kim whanki,” from May 18 to September 10.

The exhibition showcases Kim’s major paintings and rare works as well as the archival materials and objects from his collection, including pottery, painting tools, sketchbooks, letters and scrapbooks, Yonhap reported.

The museum said the upcoming exhibition will shed new light into 40 years of Kim’s artistic journey, which combined Korean traditional beauty with Western painting techniques.

“His work has been routinely perceived as twofold: divided into figuration and abstraction, or into before and after allover dot painting,” the museum said in a release. “Avoiding such a dichotomous simplification, and examining both changes and continuities in his oeuvre, this exhibition suggests his art as a single formative process.”

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