Minjung Kim

Minjung Kim, “the street”

Minjung Kim


Minjung Kim

Light develops a strength when it brings colour to life. Minjung Kim shows us the illuminating powers of ink. These deep spaces elicit our wonder but, even more, the desire, the longing for a vast openness. But since we cannot fly, the desire remains chained in the observation. Of course, there are some places in the world, where one would love to stay forever, nurtured by light, indulging in the desire whilst being embedded in earth, longing to be immersed in it. The openness of Minjung Kim’s watercolour paintings is an acoustic space. The receding silhouettes of the hills are a melody. Each watercolour painting is similar and different. No need to imagine anything, everything is already there. 
What tranquility, a descending, floating, airy quietness. And even though desire still torments us, the view into the distance fills us with peace. Minjung Kim resolves differences without eliminating contradictions. A paradox! That is what is striking about these paintings. We don’t just stand in front of those watercolour paintings, we perceive them as a reality, a world. We are part of this reality, this world. We are the viewer inside the painting. We look over our own shoulder, osmotically linked to the light, the vastness and the distance. On the other hand, our eyes view a watercolour painting, a piece of art, which keeps us at a distance, over which our gaze wanders and we take it for real. And in that moment we grow calm, like a jingling, a clinging, a fading chime, like an extension, that dissipates in the depth of space, as an extension of ourselves. 
These enchanting shades of light, which allow everything, that does not disturb the mystical peace. 

- Jean-Christophe Ammann, Curator

„I always keep in mind the importance of balance. You can call that yin and yang, as in traditional Asian philosophy, or simply an equilibrium of opposites.“
Minjung Kim

Minjung Kim, born 1962 in Korea, lives and works in France and America.


2018The Memory of Process, White Cube, London, UK

2018Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea

2017Phasing, Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London, UK

2017Cendre & Lumière: Œuvres de Minjung Kim, Musee des Arts asiatiques, Conseil Départemental 06, Nice, France

2017Oneness, Hermès Foundation, Singapore

2017Paper, Ink and Fire: After the Process, Gallery HYUNDAI, Seoul, Korea

2016Phasing, Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin, Germany

2016Minjung Kim, Leslie Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, USA

2015Traces, OCI Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2015The Light, The Shade, The Depth, Luxembourg & Dayan, Palazzo Caboto, Venezia, Italy (curated by Jean-Christophe Ammann)

2014Oko, New York, USA (curated by Alison Gingeras)

2014Galerie Commeter, Hamburg, Germany

2014Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy (catalogue with a text of Gerardo Mosquera)

2014Luxembourg & Dayan, Artgèneve Salon d’Art, Genève, Switzerland

2013Patrick Heide Contemporary, London, UK

2012Macro (Museo arte contemporanea di Roma), Testaccio, Rome, Italy

2012Leslie Sacks Gallery, Brentwood, Los Angeles, USA

2012Galleria Sahrai, Milano, Italy

2010Galleria Sant’Angelo, Biella, Italy

2009Galleria Valeria Bella Stampe, Milano, Italy

2009Patrick Heide Contemporary, London, UK

2009Galleria Ermanno Tedeschi, Roma, Italy

2008Galleria Ermanno Tedeschi, Torino, Italy

2008Robilant+Voena Fine Art Gallery, London, UK

2008Gallerie Mudimadrie, Antwerpen, Belgium

2007Guanshanyue Art Museum, Shenzen, China

2007Copenhagen Art Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2007Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Brentwood, Los Angeles, USA

2007Patrick Heide Contemporary, London, UK

2007Giudecca795 Galleria d’Arte, Venezia, Italy

2006Montecarlo Art Gallery, Milano, Italy

2006Fondazione Palazzo Bricherasio, Torino, Italy

2006Galleria Valeria Bella Stampe, Milano, Italy

2004Arte92, Milano, Italy

2004Ikos, Modena, Italy

2003Museo Comunale di Ascona, Ascona, Switzerland (catalogue with a text of Roberto Borghi)

2003Leslie Sacks Gallery, Brentwood, Los Angeles, USA

2003Gallerie Patrick Cramer, Genève, Switzerland

2002Galleria Recalcati, Torino, Italy

2002Copenhagen Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2002Galleria Cafiso, Milano, Italy

1999Wickeiser Gallery, New York, USA

1999Galerie Patrick Cramer, Genève, Switzerland (catalogue with a text of Roberto Borghi)

1998Galleria Cafiso, Milano, Italy
 (catalogue with texts of Luciano Caramel and Roberto Borghi)

1997Cappella di Villa Ruffolo, Ravello, Italy

1996Galleria Arte Borgogna, Milano, Italy 
(catalogue with texts of Cristina Cano, Jacqueline Ceresoli and Gianni Schubert)

1996Galleria Kontraste, Forte dei Marmi, Italy

1991Baik Song Gallery, Seoul, Korea (catalogue with text of Suh Seong Rock)

1991Injae Art Museum, Gwangju, Korea


“Pieno di vuoto” 2017, mixed media on mulberry Hanji paper, 19,7 x 19,7 in, MK/M 46

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“Pieno di vuoto” 2017, mixed media on mulberry Hanji paper, 19,7 x 19,7 in, MK/M 47

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“Red mountain” 2016, ink on Japanese paper, 14.7 x 18.3 in, MK/M 43 

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“Red mountain” 2014, ink on Japanese paper, 10.8 x 5.9 in, MK/M 39 

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“Grey mountains” 2014, mixed media on rice paper, 19.7 x 11.6 in

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“Phasing” 2016, mixed media on rice paper, 29.5 x 36.7 in

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“The Street” 2014, mixed media on rice paper, 31.5 x 51.3 in

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