Join Suna Cha for a survey of Kim Whanki’s career alongside an analysis of four of his gouaches currently displayed on loan, which have never been exhibited.
“Where, in what form, shall we meet again?” Kim Whanki (1913-1974) borrowed this verse from Korean poet Kim Kwang-sŏp (1905-1977) to title a series of “dot paintings” he made while living in New York in 1970. The words encapsulate both his sense of nostalgia for his native homeland and fascination with encounters between line, shape, and color. As artists searched for alternative modes of expressing indigenous identity following the crises of colonialism, war, and geopolitical division, his lyrical approach to abstraction and fondness for nature blazed a new path for modern Korean art.
Suna Cha, Graduate Student Intern, Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art
This talk is part of the series Fresh Perspectives, an initiative that centers the role of the museumgoer. Like talks in the ReFrame series, these programs highlight diverse voices and broad interpretations of difficult histories and untold narratives. This approach encourages visitors to consider alternative ways of understanding an object, culture, or theme.