PKM Gallery was established in 2001 in Seoul by Park Kyung-mee—an art historian and the commissioner of the Korean Pavilion at the 49th Venice Biennale—with a mission to promote Korean art abroad and to foster conversation between Korean and international contemporary art. With previous locations in Hwa-dong and Cheongdam-dong, the gallery moved to its current space in Samcheong-dong—an artistic and cultural hub in the heart of Seoul—in 2015.Read More
PKM Gallery represents a number of established and mid-career Korean artists of international repute. Among these are the estate of Yun Hyong-keun, who was a key figure in the history of abstraction and Minimalist art in Korea, recognised for his limited colour palette of umber and ultramarine; Kwang Young Chun, who creates textural paper sculptures consisting of minute triangular shapes; and Lee Bul, who rose to prominence in the late 1980s for her provocative performances and, later, drawings, sculpture, and installation works that investigate little-known histories and power relations.
International artists on the PKM Gallery roster include Jorge Pardo, who fluidly merges art and the everyday in his sculpture, painting, and interior design; and Olafur Eliasson, recognised for his innovative sculptural and video installations. There are also younger generations of artists who often draw inspiration from art-historical sources and make use of new technology, such as Hernan Bas’ highly detailed and figurative paintings derived from the late-19th-century Dandyism and decadence art and literature; Toby Ziegler’s appropriation of classic motifs using digital technology; and Katie Paterson’s immersive installations and text-based works that incorporate sound.
Notable group exhibitions at PKM Gallery include Eternal Now (2019), which was co-presented with Germany’s Galeria Nagel Draxler and brought together the work of six internationally renowned artists who address socio-political concerns, and EMBRACING: Yun Hyong-keun with Chua and Donald Judd (2016), a compelling consideration of works by Yun; Kim Jeong-hui, who was a Joseon dynasty master calligrapher and one of Yun’s greatest inspirations; and Donald Judd, whom Yun befriended in the early 1990s.
PKM Gallery also organises solo or joint exhibitions featuring international artists outside its gallery roster, such as Dan Flavin: Fluorescent Light 1964–1995 (2018); John Baldessari (2015); and Tala Madani & Nathaniel Mellors (2014). Committed to the advancement of Korean contemporary art, the gallery regularly participates in art fairs both at home and abroad, including Art Basel in Basel and Hong Kong; Art Busan; Expo Chicago; FIAC International Contemporary Art Fair; Korea Galleries Art Fair; and the KIAF.
Lee Bul's first solo in Russia is a first-time encounter between the artist's works and those of the Russian avantgarde.
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Yun Hyong-keun at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, is the first international retrospective exhibition of the eponymous Korean artist's work since his death in 2007. Curated by Kim Inhye, the retrospective runs throughout the duration of the 58th Venice Biennale, which concludes on 24 November. In this Ocula video, created for Ocula's IGTV, Kim...
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I remember exactly where and when I decided to write a book about the moon: lying on my back in a dentist's chair, waiting for the anaesthetic to take effect. To distract his patients, the dentist had tacked a poster to the ceiling: a NASA image of the earth from space at night. I was struck by the way so much of the northern hemisphere glitters...
Yun Hyong-keun 1989 – 1999 | KimOki Performance shows until 20 June 2020 at PKM GALLERY.The music of this video is planned to be released as an LP album. Further details will be announced later.
Artist Lee Bul reveals her thinking and inspiration behind her site-specific installation at the Turbine Hall of the Industrial Precinct on Cockatoo Island, titled Willing To Be Vulnerable (2015–16) for the Embassy of the Real.
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In the mid 1970s, architect Harry Seidler designed a space for the historic Commercial Travellers’ Association in Sydney, Australia. In collaboration with Pier Luigi Nervi, he created a circular building that sprouts up from the street like a radiating flower. For the 25th Kaldor Public Art Project, Thomas Demand’s series The Dailies...