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Kulim Kim : Traces Of Life and Death

Kulim Kim

Arario Gallery, Seoul

08/30/16 - 10/16/16


Kim Kulim (b.1936) is a pioneer of Korean Avant Garde art, who transcends various genres including visual art, theater, film, music, modern dance choreograph and stage design. Although a widely shared concept today, Kim was at the forefront of ‘deconstructing genre’ since the late 1950s. Since his first solo exhibition in 1958, the artist continues to explore deconstructing forms of his works through various experiments, challenging the traditional boundary of art methodology. Based on his repeated theme of Yin and Yang, the artist, to this day, stands at the forefront of contemporary Avant-Garde art as he shares his critical view on the modern society through his experimental art practices. Firmly believing that “as times change the surroundings change as well, and so does the minds of people,” Kim focuses on creating works that reflects the zeitgeist of the time. Therefore, in this exhibition, he especially finds his inspiration of his works on social disaster that underlies the core motivation of human behavior and the universal truth of life and death.

Kim Kulim participated in various exhibitions and projects including Embeddedness, Artist Films and Videos from Korea 1960s, at Tate Modern, London in 2015, Lille 3000 Festival Renaissance, Lille, France in 2015. Like You Know It All, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea, 2014, and A Bigger Splash, Painting after Performance, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom, 2012. He has also been invited to be a part of a group exhibition, Postwar-Art between the Pacific and Atlantic 1945-1963 in Munich, Germany from October 14, 2016 to March 26, 2017 in Haus der Kunst Munchen.