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‘‘Made in Korea’’ Exhibit at the Cité internationale des arts

Organized within the scope of the 2015-16 France-Korea Year, the ‘‘Made in Korea’’ exhibit is seeking to broaden the understanding of Korean contemporary art through works by four emblematic artists according to the trends of the last two decades.
On February 18, 2016 the ‘‘Made in Korea’’ exhibit, a showcase of Korean contemporary art trends, will be inaugurated at the Cité internationale des arts.
It will bring together the works of four South Korean artists: Kim Young-sup via his work with original sound and visual ambiences, Lim Hyunlak and his poetic and random paintings, Park Yooyoung of traditional surrealism and Lee Eunsil and her dreamlike paintings.
The title of the exhibit, selected in reference to the seal used for product labels, conveys a notion of pride and trust in the world of Korean Art with regard to these four artists; who have represented for the last 20 years, tradition, re-appropriation and invention.
This exhibit is the first chapter of a cross exhibit proposed within the scope of the 2015-16 France-Korea Year. It will be followed by, in November 2016, an exhibit by four French artists in Korea, in Daegu, at the Kyungpook Art Museum. Both exhibits are sponsored by the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and Noosphere Contemporary Art. Hyo-Yeun Kang, Director of the Noosphere Contemporary Art Lab, Françoise Docquiert, Associate Professor at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, and Mariannne Derrien, Independent Curator, who will ensure the curatorship of this exhibit.

The four ‘‘Made in Korea’’ artists

Kim Young-sup
With a degree from Sejong University in Seoul, Kim Young-sup pursued his studies at the Visual Arts Department of the Saar College of Fine Arts in Sarrebruck, Germany. Working essentially with sound and installations, he makes a parallel between visual images and sound ambiences in order to recreate original works.
Lim Hyunlak
With a degree in Visual Arts from the National University of Seoul, Lim Hyunlak is an artist-performer, working on sensations linked to wind and breath that he also transposes into painting. His artistic conception leaves room for that which is accidental and random in the production of his works. He always works in the manner of gestural artists by using paintbrushes on traditional Korean paper, leaving a unique trace reproducing a unique mark.
Park Yoonyoung
With a degree of the Woman’s University Ewha in Seoul in 1995, Park YoonYoung works and lives in Seoul and Vancouver. Her works include traditional calligraphy and surrealism while incorporating a host of contemporary cultural references ranging from fiction, documentaries and games. She has received a number of awards including the Hermès Foundation Prize.
Lee Eunsil
With a degree of the National University of Seoul, Lee Eunsil has been recently designated as ‘‘a promising artist’’ by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Korea and the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art. Her painting appears to be a representation of dream scenes, while including highly structured Asian painting. She presents icons that are taboo – desire, sex, excretion in dreamlike scenes – rebelling against tradition and the conservative values still present in Korean society.
Practical information
« Made in Korea »
February, 19 – March, 8, 2016
Cité internationale des arts
18 rue de l’Hôtel de Ville
75004 Paris


Photograph above : Cable, Ceramics and Sounds, by Kim Young-sup
  •   "A stroke flows into the river", by Lim Hyunlak  
  •   Lee Eunsil  
  •   Park Yoonyoung