Recognized for an artistic practice that melds a sense of vernacular beauty with neo-conceptual strategies and a social consciousness informed by the legacy of Minjoong Misool (a politically charged genre that emerged in Korea amid the pro-democracy movement in the 1980s), Bae Young-whan is attuned to both the ephemeral surfaces as well as the deeper structures of feeling and thought that underlie certain aspects of Korean culture and society.Read More
Born in 1969, Bae Young-whan graduated with a BFA in Oriental painting from Hongik University, Seoul. Selected exhibitions include Museum as Hub: In and Out of Context, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2009); Activating Korea: Tides of Collective Action, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand (2007); Symptoms of Adolescence, Rodin Gallery, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul (2006); Korean Pavilion, 51st Venice Biennale (2005); Battle of Visions, Kunsthalle Darmstadt (2005); Facing Korea: Demirrorized Zone, De Appel, Amsterdam (2003); 2nd Busan Biennale (2002); 3rd, 4th, and 5th Gwangju Biennales (2000, 2002, 2004). In 2006, he was chosen as a finalist for the Hermès Korea Art Prize. In 2009, the Artsonje Center, Seoul, presented The Library Project 來日(Tomorrow), a solo exhibition in the form of a proposal, including models and prototypes, for an ambitious public project to build modular, prefab libraries for children and senior citizens in rural and economically depressed communities. This project is slated to be featured as part of Prospect.2, the international biennial in New Orleans organized by Dan Cameron, in the fall of 2011.
Text courtesy PKM Gallery.
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