Kukje Gallery celebrates 25 years with a star-studded retrospective

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Kukje Gallery celebrates 25 years with a star-studded retrospective


Bill Viola’s “Ocean Without a Shore.” Provided by the gallery

Commercial galleries in Korea have competed over the past few decades to attract a small but solid crowd of local collectors. One of their major strategies was to secure as many exhibitions of celebrity contemporary artists as possible. At the forefront of this trend was Kukje Gallery, one of the first successful commercial galleries in Korea to secure a stable network of clients at major auctions and art fairs around the world.
To celebrate their 25th anniversary, the gallery has put together a list of 14 celebrity artists including Damien Hirst, Alexander Calder, Williem De Kooning and Louise Bourgeois, many of whom Kukje has celebrated in past solo exhibitions.
The show is a textbook exhibition, displaying works of contemporary artists from the ’60s to ‘90s who marked a major transition in the international art world. The works include paintings, installations and sculptures coveted by collectors around the world.
Other featured artists include Andy Warhol, Donald Judd, Sol Le Witt, Gerhard Richter, Eva Hesse, Anselm Kiefer, Anish Kapoor and Bill Viola, whom the gallery sponsored in the production of one of his latest bodies of work, “Ocean Without a Shore,” a video and sound installation from this year’s Venice Biennale at the 15th century Venetian church of San Gallo.
The show brought a mobile sculpture from Calder’s heyday, silkscreens and a sculpture of Bourgeois’s “house,” a frequent metaphor of female identity in her works, and paintings from noted American abstract expressionist de Kooning’s later years.

The 25th Anniversary Exhibition runs from Oct. 5 to Nov. 5 at Kukje Gallery (Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1). The gallery is a 20-minute walk from the station. It is closed on Sundays. For details call (02) 735-8449.

By Park Soo-mee Staff Writer [myfeast@joongang.co.kr]

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