“(The) sky in my country Korea is intensely blue, and our east sea is so clear and pure that it would dye a white cloth into blue” – Kim Whan-gi
Unlike Yves Klein, the colour blue was a hue that meant home to the pioneering Korean painter Kim Whan-gi who moved to Paris in the 1950s and became the father of the Korean abstract art movement. Its purity, transparency and tranquillity reflect the virtue of Korean traditions that played a significant role in shaping Korean modernity and art. The nostalgic hue continues to inspire Korean artists of today. This exhibition will present new works demonstrating how Korean contemporary artists are making, working with, and feeling ‘Blue’.
We are delighted to present ‘Korean Blue’, an exhibition exploring Blue as a colour of Korean art. This exhibition coincides with the V&A’s Korean exhibition ‘K-Wave’ and Asian Art in London this Autumn.