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Jongku Kim

Jongku Kim, Hankwang Museum


1963, Chungcheongnam-do


Painting, Sculpture, Installation, Photography



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Jongku, Kim's Solo Exhibition
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Jongku Kim attempts to grate time itself in the works he presents in his exhibition ‘He-Story.’ Kim’s creations are extremely labor-intensive, executed by grating huge masses of iron into powder, which he then uses to make ink for his large-scale calligraphy works. The transformation of iron during Kim's work process is not only physical; it also involves a profound transformation of meaning. Iron, as a symbol of the material civilization of modern times, is used here as a symbol of the human desire for constant progress. Here, iron is a skyscraper as well as a weapon that, in the blink of an eye, can destroy the civilization that has been built over centuries. By transforming solid iron into a fine powder, the artist removes its massiveness and aggression, allowing it to assume a physical form that is so delicate and impermanent that it can be altered even by the subtle movements of air. Kim compounds this minimal materiality by adding liquid to it, using it to create the ink he uses to paint. By producing calligraphy using iron powder, Kim creates works of fine art that imply an innate spirituality and, furthermore, realize complete dematerialization. Kim calls his works landscapes; they become the points of departure for his personal monologue, one that asks questions of human nature. His calligraphy works using iron powder?that is, his landscapes?suggest that the process of sublimation and are the beginnings of a new breath which has been suppressed.


1996 Chelse a College of Art & Design London, , M.F.A., London, England
1993 Seoul National University Seoul, M.F.A., Sculpture, Seoul, Korea
1988 Seoul National University Seoul, B.F.A., Sculpture, Seoul, Korea

Solo Exhibitions

2011 The Ball-Though I am confessing, ONE AND J. Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2010 Mobile Landscape: Kim Jongku, Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas, United States
2007 Poongkyoung, ONE AND J. Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2004 I Am Holding the White Flag, National Arts Studio Gallery Seoul, Seoul, Korea
2002 Mobile Landscape, Art Resources Transfer, New York, United States
When Artist Sympathize with the Jung-Won, Culture Chung-ju National Museum Chung ju, Cheongju, Korea
2000 How Can I Measure the Biggest and the Smallest in the World?, Ssamzie Space, Seoul, Korea

Group Exhibitions

2012 Korea-Tommorrow2012, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
ENCOUNTER Royal Academy in Asia, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore, Singapore
Pohang Steel Art Festival, Pohang museum of Steel Art, Pohang, Korea
Yeosu International Art Festival, Yeosu Expo, Yeosu, Korea
Buam-dong Art project, whanki museum, Seoul, Korea
2010 Man Rays Photography & His Heritage, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Here & There. The World In Motion, Shenyang, Beijing, China
2009 City-net Asia 2009, Seoul Museum of Art Seoul, Seoul, Korea
Made in Korea - Magic Moment: Korea Express, Hannover Messe, Hannover, Germany
Mutiscape, 3.15 ART CENTER, Masan, Korea
Re-lmagining Asia, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, England
2008 Re-Imaging ASIA, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Writing Paintings, Painting Words, Seoul Museum of Art Seoul, Seoul, Korea
2007 Between Art, Nature and Landscape, Chateau de Grand Jardin, Joinville, France
Arco Trace Root_Unfolding Korean Strories, Alcala 31(Special Exhibit to ARCO 2007, Madrid, Spain
2006 Stadt und Sterne, LVG, Munich, Germany
Simply Beautiful, Pasquart, Biel, Switzerland
Simply Beautiful, Pasquart, Grand Jardin, France
100 Years of Korean Art, Seoul National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
2004 Officina Asia 2004, Pallazzo dell Arengo, Bologna, Italy
The 100 Artists for Peace, Seoul National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea


2003 P.S-1 International Studio Program, MoMA
2002 P.S-1 International Studio Program, MoMA
Kim Se-Jung Memorial Prize for Yong Artists
1990 Korea National Grand Art Competition, Grand Prize, Seoul National Museum of Contemporary Art
Joong-Ang Grand Art Exhibition, Special Selection, Ho-Am Art Museum
Seoul Contemporary Sclpture Competition, Seoul Gallery
1989 Joong-Ang Grand Art Exhibition, Special Selection, Ho-Am Art Museum
1987 National Competition of Art School, Grand Prize, Seoul National Museum of Contemporary Art


National Museum Contemporary of Arts, Gwacheon, Korea
Spencer Museum, Kansas, United States
Mapletree Business Centre, Singapore, Singapore
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea