Artist(s): Francis Bacon, Adrian Ghenie, Zeng Fanzhi, George Condo, Yukimasa Ida
Opening / Event Date: 2 Jun, 2022
Closing / End Date: 30 Nov, 2022
Soluna Fine Art is pleased to present 「Pervade 滲」, an extension exhibition from the Korean Cultural Center in Hong Kong which is supported by Art Chosun. The special exhibition will present 11 masterpieces by two of the most notable names synonymous with the first generation of Korean modern and contemporary art: Chung-Hwa (靑華) Ha In-Doo, whose geometric colour field abstract art has roots that can be traced back to Korean traditional culture and Buddhism; and Go-Am (顧庵) Lee Ung-No, who transcended the barriers of Eastern and Western art with his modern and abstract art of nature and humans.「Pervade 滲」will be on view from 15 January – 12 March 2022, with an opening on 15 January (Saturday) from 10AM – 6PM.
The title of the exhibition ‘滲 (Sam): To Permeate’ reflects how the artistic ideologies of Ha In-Doo and Lee Ung-No – both masters of their craft who sought to express Korean beauty in their art while also creating their own unique visual languages with evolving traditional techniques – permeate through onto the canvas. The meaning also extends embracing the hope that the artists’ sentiments will permeate into the hearts and minds of those who view and appreciate their works. The global pandemic has brought heavy restrictions to the arts and culture sector. This exhibition was organized with the hope of introducing Hong Kong to Korea’s past and artistic authenticity through the works of two of Korea’s most recognized first-generation abstract artists. We also hope that this exhibition can foster cultural exchange between Korea and Hong Kong.
About Chung-Hwa Ha In-Doo (1930 – 1989)
Chung-Hwa Ha In-Doo (b. 1930 in Changnyeong, Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea) was part of the first generation of university graduates after Korea regained its independence. In 1957, Ha became a founding member of the Contemporary Artists Association, a progressive group of young artists in their 20s. As a founding member of ACTUEL with contemporaries including Kim Tschang-yeul and Park Seo-bo, Ha avidly took part in the Informel movement until 1962. Ha also began producing works of geometric colour field abstract art while also incorporating optical art. With the introduction to the enlightenment of colors, Ha’s art began to reflect a deep appreciation for Buddhist ideas and concepts. This can be seen in works like <Hwe (廻)> and <Yoon (輪)>, within which the Buddhist virtue of Zen (禪) is deeply embedded. From the mid-1970s, Ha broke away from his previous geometric structures and adapted a new style with fluid curves and expanding symbols to express Buddhist ideas with greater depth and detail. Notable examples of such works include <Milmun (密門)> and <Mandala (曼茶羅)>. Ha’s <Mandala> series is especially noteworthy for embracing optical art and creating a unique world based on Buddhist symbolism. The works of Ha are regarded as the manifestation of the Eastern and Korean spirits of expression in Western abstract art and the realization of a new creative form. Ha’s works borrow elements from the traditional Korean aesthetics and formative spirituality of Buddhist art, Dancheong (Korean traditional decorative patterns on wooden buildings), folk paintings, and shamanic paintings. His masterpieces are recognized for their use of decorative colours and mystifying compositions as well as their embodiment of the philosophical meanings of creation and diffusion.
About Go-Am Lee Ung-No (1904-1989)
Go-Am Lee Ung-No (b. 1904 in Hongseong, Chungcheongnam-do, Korea) is a prolific figure in Korean modern and contemporary art who is considered to have transcended the barriers between Eastern and Western art with works that express nature and humans in a modern abstract style. Kim Gyu-jin, who mentored Prince Imperial Yeong (Yeongchinwang, the last Crown Prince of the Empire of Korea), held Lee Ung-No in high regard for his exceptional artistic talent. In 1924, Lee first gained attention when his art Cheongjook (green bamboo, 靑竹) was selected for the 3rd Joseon Art Exhibition. When he began his artistic career as a traditional ‘Four Gentlemen’ artist, Lee learned new styles of landscape painting while studying in Japan from the late 1930s to the early 1940s. He then later moved to France in 1958 and produced several works based on his own original style that melded qualities of Eastern and Western art, including his <Munjachusang (Abstract Letter)> and <Gunsang (People)> series. European art societies developed great interest in Lee’s works, many of which were presented in exhibitions in Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Denmark, Belgium, and the United States. In 1964, Lee founded the Academy of Oriental Painting in the Musée Cernuschi in Paris and played a pivotal role in spreading Eastern culture to the West by teaching Eastern calligraphy and art.
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About Soluna Fine Art
Soluna Fine Art is a gallery specialising in Asian fine art and objects with deep roots in South Korea. Our mission is to revitalise interest in Eastern aesthetics and philosophy by showcasing established and emerging artists and works of traditional value with contemporary interpretation. Works by artists represented by Soluna Fine Art can be found in private collections and institutions around the world. As well as exhibitions, our annual programme includes fairs, educational initiatives and multi-disciplinary collaborations on an international level.
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