Ahn Kyuchul
(South Korea, b.1955)


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Ahn Kyuchul was born in Seoul in 1955 and graduated from Seoul National University in 1977 with a BFA in Sculpture. He was an editor of Art Quarterly from 1980 to 1987, during which time he also participated in the artists’ collective “Reality and Utterance,” in 1985. The artist went to France to study in 1987, later moving to Germany in 1988 to attend Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart. He graduated in 1995 after completing both undergraduate and research programs. He currently serves as a professor at the School of Visual Arts, Korea National University of Arts.

During the early 1980s in Korea, Ahn became critical of the monumental sculptures that were thoughtlessly and repetitively erected without any consideration of their social context. Motivated by his observations, Ahn was compelled to create a small series of paper clay and plaster molds, called Story Sculpture. Through this series of narrative scenes made with simple and widely used materials, Ahn’s work criticized the sculptural norms of the time.

After his studies in Germany, the artist began to develop his use of language as well as his representative “object sculpture” works that imbue everyday objects with new contextual significance. The various strands of Ahn’s practice reflect the artist’s long experience as a journalist. Working for seven years, this professional experience honed his writing skills and conceptual discipline, which today is the foundation for his artistic practice.

In 2015, Ahn was selected to hold a solo exhibition, titled Invisible Land of Love, as part of the Hyundai Motor Series 2015 at the MMCA, a project that showcases major Korean artists. His other solo exhibitions held at major institutions include All and but Nothing (2014) at HITE Collection, Alles hat seine Stunde (2013) at the Goethe Institut, and Forty-Nine Rooms (2004) at Rodin Gallery (later known as Plateau). Group exhibitions with the artist include Variation of the Moon (2014) at Nam June Paik Art Center, Roundtable, the 9th Gwangju Biennale (2012), Korean Art-Void (2007) at Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, and Parallel Life (2005) at Frankfurter Kunstverein.

Ahn’s works are in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea; Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art; Amorepacific Museum of Art; and Wooyang Museum of Contemporary Art (formerly known as Art Sonje Museum). The artist also created the permanent public installation Path of Wind (2010) in the Yeouido neighborhood in Seoul. Ahn Kyuchul has published several printed works including Nine Goldfishes and Water in the Distance (2013), The Man’s Suitcase (2001), and Museum without Painting (1996). He was awarded the 19th Kim Se Choong Sculpture Award in 2005.

Texts courtesy of Kukje Gallery

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Daily Life, Everyday Objects, Conceptual Art, Object Sculpture, Installation, Drawings, Sketches, Paintings

Curriculum Vitae

Educations
1995
Graduated from Staatliche Akademie der Bildende Künste Stuttgart
1977
BFA, Sculpture, Seoul National University, Seoul
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Solo Exhibitions
2017
Words Just for You, Kukje Gallery, Seoul
2015
Invisible Land of Love, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
2014
All and but Nothing, HITE Collection, Seoul
2013
Drawn to the Rainbow, Gallery Skape, Seoul
The One and Only Table, Bongsan Cultural Center, Daegu, Korea
Alles hat seine Stunde, Goethe Institut, Seoul
2009
2.6㎡ House, Space Gallery, Seoul
2008
Ahn Kyu-Chul: Table, Takeout Drawing Arko, Seoul
2007
Forty-Nine Rooms, Casa Encendida, Madrid
2004
Forty-Nine Rooms, Rodin gallery(later known as Plateau, Samsung Museum of Art), Seoul
1999
Trivialities, Artsonje Museum, Gyeongju, Korea
1996
In Between Objects, Art Space Seoul/Hakgojae, Seoul
1992
Gallery Space Saemteo, Seoul
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Group Exhibitions
2015
April the Eternal Voyage, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
2014
Variation of the Moon, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin, Korea
2013
Daegu Contemporary Art Festival, Daegu, Korea
Haein Art Project, Haein Temple, Hapcheon, Korea
Hidden Track, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
Five Different Prologues, Gallery Skape, Seoul
2012
Changwon Sculpture Biennale, Changwon, Korea
Roundtable, The 9th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea
2011
Space Study, Plateau, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul
Countdown, Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul
2010
Works in the Open Air, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
2009
Yeomiji Art Project, Yeomiji Botanic Garden, Seogwipo, Korea
Moving Museum, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul
2008
Kaleidoscope-Korean Contemporary Art, Central House of Artist, Moscow
2007
Korean Art-Void, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul
2006
Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Echigo-Tsumari Art Field, Niigata, Japan
Seoul Forest Park Open Air Sculpture Symposium, Seoul Forest Park, Seoul
Drawn to Drawing, SOMA, Seoul
2005
Cool & Warm, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul
Power Station, Marronnier Museum of Art, Seoul
Against Translation, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
Parallel Life, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt
2004
The Breath of the House, Youngam Ceramic Culture Center, Youngam, Korea
Alchemy of Daily Life, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Absolutely Landscape, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul
You Are My Sunshine, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
Stillness and Movement, Seoul Olympic Art Museum, Seoul
Place/Space, Heyri Art Valley, Paju, Korea
2003
Comics in Art, Art in Comics, Ewha Womans University Museum, Seoul
Crossings 2003, University of Hawaii Art gallery, Honolulu
Beauty, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul
Art in Landscape, Heyri Art Valley, Paju, Korea
2001
Pause, Project 4: Connection, The 4th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea
Containers, Marronnier Museum of Art, Seoul
Art in Movement, Shinsegye Gallery, Incheon/ Gwangju, Korea
2000
Design or Art, Design Museum, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul
Busan International Contemporary Art Festival, Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, Busan, Korea
1999
Phobia-Unconscious Desire, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul
Art Wear, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
1998
Theme Space, Posco Gallery, Seoul
Media and Site, Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, Busan, Korea
1997
Korean Art '97, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
'97 Korean Sculpture Today, Moran Museum of Art, Seoul
Between Clothes and Self Consciousness, Space Sadi, Seoul
Drawing and Writing, Hanlim Art Museum, Daejeon
1996
Künstler aus Ostasien, Galerie Heppaecher, Esslingen
1995
Ssak, Old Site of Artsonje Center, Seoul
Development of Korean Modernism, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul
Zwischenraum, Künstlerwerkstatt, Munich
1994
Two Person Exhibition, Gallery Brandstäter, Zürich
1993
Across the Pacific, Queens Museum, New York
Two Person Exhibition, galerie Keim, Stuttgart
1987
10 Artists of the year 1986, Seoul Museum, Seoul
1986
Landscape of Life, Seoul Museum, Seoul
1985
Reality and Utterance, Gallery Min, Seoul
1983
Modern Space Group Sculpture Exhibition, Paldang Outdoor Gallery, Namyangju, Korea
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Publications
2013
“Nine Goldfishes and Water in the Distance”, Seoul: Hyundae Munhak
2008
“43 Tables”, Seoul: Takeout Drawing
2001
“The Man’s Suitcase”, Seoul: Hyundae Munhak
1996
“Museum Without Painting”, Seoul: Yolwhadang
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Collections
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul
Arario Gallery, Seoul
Amore Pacific Museum of Art, Korea
Wooyang Museum, Gyeongju
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Ahn Kyuchul: Words Just For You