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Myonghi Kang: Origins

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17 May, 2021
24 October, 2021
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(By Appointment only)

VILLEPIN is pleased to announce an exhibition featuring work by the Korean artist Myonghi Kang.

Myonghi Kang’s idyllic canvases offer an intimate view into the elusive heart of her artistic pursuit: a faith in painting and drawing as a medium capable of profoundly reinforcing our relationship with the natural world. Moving with ease between abstraction and figuration, the artist reflects on questions of perception, embodiment and understanding, while offering viewers a new experience of time, space, and color. Through cosmic landscapes, her command of colors, marks and shapes convey a sense of exuberance, peace and joy.

For over five decades, the artist has continuously sought new ways to represent nature on paper and canvas in a practice that involves painting, poetry as well as philosophy. The works on view in the exhibition vary dramatically in scale yet they share an immediacy that results from the artist’s familiar and fluent engagement with oils and pastels. The gallery will be transformed into a meditative sanctuary to complement the artist’s work, providing a hideaway from the hustle and bustle of city life, and allowing visitors to become immersed in her visual language.

After arriving in Paris from South Korea in 1972, a stay in the city’s Quai de la Loire surrounded by tranquil canals inspired a shift in focus from political themes to an in-depth appreciation of nature. She belonged to a close community of artists, writers, and philosophers, developing friendships with Zao Wou-Ki, Dominique de Villepin, Alain Jouffroy and Piotr Kowalski. Their friendships sparked collaborations on poetry and further exhibitions in France, China, and South Korea. Drawing from her extensive travels from Sicily to Mongolia and down to Patagonia, Myonghi Kang evokes a timeless sense of illumination from when man and nature used to be one. The artist is now based in Jeju, South Korea where her studio is surrounded by lush natural landscapes that continue to inspire her work.

“For over nearly five decades, Myonghi Kang has continuously sought new ways to capture our world which is in constant transformation and often threatened by extinction. Her art represents a sanctuary in which a lively dialogue is still possible between us and nature. That is why we wanted to share the ultimate experience of her creations with the people of Hong Kong, immersing ourselves in her inner world and discovering her works through her own eyes,” comments Arthur de Villepin, co-founder of VILLEPIN.

“Myonghi is a true medicine-woman. Through her infinite display of colors, her paintings contain an embodied spirit that can cure the soul. Art is created through the magic of her brushes, offering a way to preserve the world as well as an oracular challenge,” said Dominique de Villepin, co-founder of VILLEPIN.


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