KOREAN SHAPE

Group Show
November 29 - January 24, 2015

Artists
YI HWAN KWON  | SON BONG CHAE  | PARK SEUNG MO  | GWON OSANG  | JAEHYO LEE  |  SEON-GHI BAHK  |  MYEONGBEOM KIM  |  CHUL-HYUN AHN


Galerie Paris-Beijing is pleased to announce the opening of its new space in Paris / Haut-Marais on the 29th of November 2014.

From 2006, Flore and Romain Degoul have been involved in discovering and promoting a new generation of Asian artists with the opening of their first exhibition space in Beijing. In 2009, they opened a second gallery in Paris, in 2012 they set a third gallery up in Brussels, in a superb Horta’s building of 800 m2.

The aim of widen the gallery surface comes with the desire of presenting large-scales exhibitions. The 400 m2 of the new Parisian gallery will allow an extended programme including sculptures, installations and video art. Keeping with its focus on the Asian art scene, the gallery opens its boundaries and presents new projects showing the work of the American artist group Ghost of a Dream and the Australian sculptor Alex Seton.

Passionate and vibrant, the new Galerie Paris-Beijing will welcome external curatorial projects and solo exhibitions based on the discovery of emerging artists. An award for Asian video and digital art will be created.

The gallery’s editorial work develops by publishing artist’s catalogues and art books and by opening a book shop space and an e-shop.

The inaugural exhibition of the new gallery, “Korean Shape”, presents an eclectic overview of the Korean contemporary art scene, with a particular focus on the field of sculpture.

Too long overshadowed by Japan and China, its imposing neighbours, Korea has progressively built a leading role in the sphere of visual art, by virtue of its sophisticated, original and dynamic scene. This dazzling development was lead at the end of the 80s by cinema and institutions and it is today confirmed by the growing number of museums, auction houses, and internationally renowned cultural events, like the Gwangju Biennale, created in 1995.

“Korean Shape” is a unique opportunity to discover the universe of ten emerging Korean artists who are on the verge of an international recognition. Born in the 70s, they have grown up in the context of a booming country that opened its economic and cultural boundaries in the 80s and 90s. Their works combine the use of traditional materials such as wood, metal or charcoal, and the exploration of highly innovative techniques providing the image of the Korean society, firmly fixed in the tradition, but also launched towards modernity and future.