The ‘New Rising Artist’ & National Academy of Arts Jeju Special Exhibition are on now at JMCA

Please note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, traveling to Jeju is problematic. In the meantime, we are highlighting some of the island’s attractions. We sincerely hope you will visit Jeju once it is safe to do so.

The Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art in the Artists’ Village at Jeoji, west of Jeju City, has on display some really interesting work by four Korean painters and sculptors (Kang Juhyeon, Kim Kanghoon, Kim Seonil, and Jwa Haesun) all under the age of 40. This exhibition, titled “Incomplete Flower: New Rising Artist” runs until Feb. 21. COVID-19 precautions and mandatory mask-use are in place.

From the handout: “Kang Juhyeon focuses on sculptural work reflecting the new ‘stereoscopic photograph’ form and the expansion of contemplation. Kim Kanghoon uses eye-catching screens to unfold narratives relating to relationships experienced in the world. Kim Seonil depicts portraits of modern people through the traditional figurative sculpture of powerful human figures. Jwa Haesun contemplates the fundamental questions of human existence by painting ‘meal’, ‘human body’, and ‘the boundary situation between safety and unsafety’. These artists have continuously created works with specific colors and stories within the traditional genres of painting and sculpture.”

Also on display are 37 works by 20 members of the National Academy of Arts of the Republic of Korea, including Korean painting, sculpture, crafts, calligraphy, and architecture. 

From the handout: “The twenty artists have deeply reflected upon and explored the Korean nature and modernity by establishing their own art styles in the process of forming Korean contemporary art. They have also played pivotal roles in forming Korean contemporary art by winning awards from the Korean art exhibitions and by fostering young artists at art schools. The Korean sense of beauty, truth, and the spirit of thought that they have pursued throughout their entire lives are still valid in contemporary art.”

The park area behind Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art

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