Biography

  • 1936 Born in Korea
  • 1956 Interrupted studies at Seoul National University and came to Japan
  • 1961 Graduated from Nihon University, Department of Philosophy, Tokyo
  • 1969 Awarded prize for critical writing From Object to Being, Tokyo
  • 1969 Leads the Mono-ha movement after having successfully attracted artists following until then the vision tricks trends launched around 1968, Tokyo
  • 1973 – 2007 Professor of Tama Art University, Tokyo
  • 1997 Invited professor at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris
  • 2000 UNESCO Prize (in Shanghai Biennale), Paris-Shanghai
  • 2001 13th Praemium Imperiale (Painting), Tokyo
  • 2005 Artists Summit, Kyoto

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017Pace Gallery, New York, USA
            Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré, Tours, France
            Couvent de La Tourette, Éveux, France
2016    Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
            Château La Coste, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France
            Manufacture nationale de Sèvres, France
            Castello di Ama, Siena, Italy
2015    Lisson Gallery, London, United Kingdom
            Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Venice, Italy
            Pace Gallery, New York, USA
            Pace Gallery, London, United Kingdom
            Pace Gallery, Hong Kong
2014    Château de Versailles, France
            Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
            Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2013    Le Capitole, “Les Rencontres d’Arles”, Arles, France
            Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, France
            Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris, France
2012    Asia Society Texas Center, Houston, USA
2011     Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
            Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
            SCAI The Bathhouse Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
            Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea
2010    Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA
            Galería Elvira González, Madrid, Spain
2009    Kukje Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
            Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
2008    Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium
            Dahlem Museum, Berlin, Germany
            Pace Wildenstein, New York, USA
            Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
            Lisson Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2007    Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna, Austria
            Resonance, 52nd Venice Biennale, Palazzo Palumbo Fossati, Venice, Italy
            SCAI The Bathhouse Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2006    Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp, Belgium
            IBU Gallery, Paris, France
            Galerie m, Bochum, Germany
            Konggan Gallery, Busan, South Korea
            Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
            Gallery Muramatsu, Tokyo
2005    Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
            Musée d’Art Moderne, Saint-Étienne, France
2004    Espace d’Art Contemporain Fernet-Branca, Saint-Louis, France
            Lisson Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2003    Samsung Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
            Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea
2002    SCAI The Bathhouse Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2001    Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Germany
            Sigong Gallery, Daegu, South Korea
            Konggan Gallery, Busan, South Korea
            Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2000    Galerie m, Bochum, Germany
            Konggan Gallery, Busan, South Korea
1999    Galerie Liliane & Michel Durand-Dessert, Paris, France
            Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
            Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1998    Städtisches Museum im Städel, Frankfurt, Germany
            Mitaka City Gallery of Art, Tokyo, Japan
            Niigata City Art Museum, Niigata, Japan
            Sigong Gallery, Daegu, South Korea
            Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1997    Gallery Bhak, Seoul, South Korea
            Space Shimoda, Tokyo, Japan
            Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
            Lorenzelli Arte, Milan, Italy
            Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea
1996    Lisson Gallery, London, United Kingdom
            Galerie J. Moussion, Paris, France
            Konggan Gallery, Busan, South Korea
            Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1995    Städtisches Museum, Leverkusen, Germany
            Galerie de Paris, Paris, France
            Galerie m, Bochum, Germany
            Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1994    Fondazione Mudima, Milan, Italy
            The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
            Inkong Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
1993    The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, Japan
            Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
            Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1992    Konggan Gallery, Busan, South Korea
            Galerie de Paris, Paris, France
1991    Lorenzelli Arte, Milan, Italy
            Hara Museum ARC, Gunma, Japan
            Inkong Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
            Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
            Gallery Ueda, Tokyo, Japan
1990    Inkong Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
            Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
            Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea
1989    Galerie de Paris, Paris, France
            Galerie m, Bochum, Germany
            Gallery Ueda, Tokyo, Japan
            Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
            Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1988    The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japan
            Galerie Anselm Dreher, Berlin, Germany
            Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
1987    Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea
1986    Galerie de Paris, Paris, France
            Gallery Ueda, Tokyo, Japan
            Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
            Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1985    Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1984    Galerie de Paris, Paris, France
            Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea
            Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1983    Gallery Ueda, Tokyo, Japan
            Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1982    Studio Marconi, Milan, Italy
1981     Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1980    Gallery Ueda, Tokyo, Japan
            Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
            Galerie Éric Fabre, Paris, France
1979    Gallery Takagi, Nagoya, Japan
            Gallery Muramatsu, Tokyo, Japan
            Jin Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
            Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten, Marl, Germany
1978    Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea
            Galerie m, Bochum, Germany
            Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany
            Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
            The Antwerp Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
            Shirota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1977    Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
            Galerie Éric Fabre, Paris, France
1976    Spectrum Gallery, Antwerp
            Galerie m, Bochum, Germany
1975    Galerie Éric Fabre, Paris, France
1974    Tamura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1973    Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1972    Myong-Dong Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
1971     Pinar Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1970    Tamura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1967    Sato Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017   Everything at Once, Lisson Gallery, London
            Japanorama. Nouveau regard sur la création contemporaine, Centre Pompisou-Metz, France
2016    When Process Becomes Form: Dansaekhwa and Korean Abstraction, Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, Belgium
            Dansaekhwa & Minimalism, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
            Dansaekhwa & Minimalism, Blum & Poe, New York
2015    56th Venice Biennale, Dansaekhwa, Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Venice, Italy
            Enrico Castellani and Lee Ufan: Surgaces et Correspondences, Lorenzelli Arte, Milan, Italy
            Korean Abstract Painting: 45th Anniversary of Gallery Hyundai, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea
2014    From All Sides: Tansaekhwa on Abstraction, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA
            The Art of Dansaekhwa, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
            Formes Simples, Centre Pompidou-Metz, France
            Genius Loci (Spirit of Place), Palazzo Franchetti, Venice, Italy
            Korean Beauty: Two Kinds of Nature, Seoul Museum of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
            Other Primary Structures: Others 2, Jewish Museum, New York, USA
2013    Mingei: Are You Here?, Pace London, London
            Parallel Views: Italian and Japanese Art from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, Rachofsky, The Warehouse, Dallas, USA
            Paradise, Pace Gallery, New York, USA
            Takahashi Collection: Mindfulness!, Kirishima Open-Air Museum, Kagoshima, Japan
            Prima Materia, Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy
2012–13    Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
2012    Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA
            Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha, Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA
            Summer Group Show 2012, The Pace Gallery, New York, USA
            Art as Magic: Visionary Artists and Their Inner Supernatural World, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan
2011     54th Venice Biennale, The World Belongs to You, Palazzo Grassi, and Personal Structures, Palazzo
            Bembo, Venice, Italy
            Beijing Voice: Leaving Realism Behind, The Pace Gallery, Beijing, China
            Burning, Bright: A Short History of the Light Bulb, The Pace Gallery, New York, USA
            Tricks & Humor, Yokosuka Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan
            Pure Clay: Young Sook Park and Lee Ufan, RH Gallery, New York, USA
            Silence and Time, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, USA
            In Praise of Doubt, Punta della Dogana, Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice, Italy
2010    50 Years at Pace, The Pace Gallery, New York, USA
            Painting: Process and Expansion: From the 1950s to the Present Day, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria
            Personal Structures: Time-Space-Existence, Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn & Taxis, Bregenz, Austria
2009–10    Essential Experience, riso Galleria Regionale della Sicilia, Palermo, Italy
2009    In-finitum, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy
            Qui a peur des artistes ? Collection François Pinault, Palais des Arts, Dinard, France
2008    Sensitive Systems, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
            La Sottile Linea d’ombra, Fondazione Mudima, Milan, Italy
            Sotto voce, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York, USA
            1st Poznań Biennale, Poznań, Poland
2007    Elastic Taboos, Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria
            Living in the Material World: “Things” in Art of the 20th Century and Beyond, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
            L’Art de Monet et sa postérité, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
2006   La Force de l’art, Grand Palais, Paris, France
            6th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea
            Shelter, Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
2005    Reconsidering Mono-ha, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
2004    Rimpa – école de Rimpa, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
            L’Art au futur antérieur, 1975-2004, Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
2003    Happiness, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2002    The 4th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
            Les Années 70: l’art en cause, capc Musée d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France
2001    Century City, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
            Mono-ha – School of Things, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge and Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn, United Kingdom
            Le Tribù dell’arte, Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome, Italy
            Ikiro – Be Alive, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands
2000   Sarajevo 2000, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria
            3rd Gwangu Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea
            3rd Shanghai Biennale, UNESCO prize, Shanghai, China
            Mr Paint (Bernard Frize, Katharina Grosse, Lee Ufan), Galerie Monika-Reitz, Frankfurt, Germany
1999    Kunstwelten im Dialog, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
1998    Contemporary Art of Korea Time, Hoam Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
            Korean Monochromism, Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, Busan, South Korea
1997    Made in France, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
1996    Japan 70: Matière et Perception. Le Mono-ha et la recherche des fondements de l’art, Musée d’Art Moderne, Saint-Étienne, France
            Project 8, Total Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea
            Small Truths, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, United Kingdom
1995    ASI ANA-Monoha, Palazzo Vendramin, Venice, Italy
            Joongang Biennial, Hoam Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
            70, Mono-ha, The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japan
1994    Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky, Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York, USA
            Postwar Art in Japan, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
1993    Spiritual in Art, Fukuyama Museum of Art, Fukuyama, Japan
1992    Working with Nature: Contemporary Art from Korea, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, United Kingdom
            Seven Artists of Japan, Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan
            Avanguardie giapponesi degli anni 70, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologne, Italy
1991–92    Aspects of Contemporary Japanese Art, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, California, Portland Art
            Museum, Oregon Art Institute, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, USA
1990    Blau, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany
            Minimal Art, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
1989    Croisement des Signes, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France
            Biennale Middelheim-Japan, Middelheim Open-Air Museum, Antwerp, Belgium
            Japan 1989, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent, Belgium
            Effets de Miroir, Bibliothèque Louis-Aragon, Choisy, France
1988    Monoha, Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy
            Symposium of Olympic Sculpture, Seoul, South Korea
1987    Mono-ha and Postmono-ha, The Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
            Painting 1977–1987, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
1986-87    Le Japan des avant-gardes, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
1986    Seoul-Paris, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, France
            Mono-ha, Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
            Contemporary Japanese Calligraphy and Painting, Galerie Nationale, Prague, Czechoslovakia
1985    40 Years of Japanese Contemporary Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
            Ecole de Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
1984    Wiesbadener Skulpturentage, Wiesbaden, Germany
            Trends of Contemporary Japanese Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
1983    Ars 83, Helsinki, Finland
            Tokyo Gallery in London, Juda Rowan Gallery, London, United Kingdom
1982    Meister der Zeichnung, Kunsthalle, Nuremberg, Germany
            Material Gets Art, Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
            Japanese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Camden Arts Centre, London, United Kingdom
1980    Skulptur im 20. Jahrhundert, Wenkenpark, Basel, Switzerland
            Contemporary Art in Japan, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
1979    11th International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo, prize, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
            1st Henry Moore Grand Prize Exhibition, prize, Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kanagawa, Japan
1978    Z. B. Skulptur, Städtisches Museum im Städel, Frankfurt, Germany
            Focus 78, Centre Culturel du Marais, Paris, France
1977    13th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan, prize, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
            Documenta 6, Kassel, Germany
            Drawing 5 Artists, Minami Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
            100 Prints, Acquisitions 1973–1976, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
1976    Festival international de la peinture, Cagnessur-Mer, France
            École de Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
            2nd Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
1975    3rd Triennale-India, National Academy of Art, New Delhi, India
            Contemporary Art of Japan, The Museum of Ietevorg, Stockholm, Sweden
            Contemporary Art of Japan, Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway
1974     Japan traditionell Gegenwart, Städtisches Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany
            Japanese Art in Louisiana, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
1973    11th Contemporary Art Exhibition, A Retrospective: 20 Years of Contemporary Japanese Art, Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan
            12th Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
1972     2nd Seoul Print Biennial, Seoul, South Korea
            Napoli International Exhibition, Naples, Italy
            8th International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
1971     7th Paris Biennale, Paris, France
1970    Aspects of New Japanese Art, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
            7th International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
1969    5th International Young Artists Exhibition, prize, Japan Cultural Forum, Tokyo, Japan
            9th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan,
            Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
            10th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil
            Trends in Contemporary Art, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
1968    Contemporary Art of Korea, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

Public Collections

  • Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Asia Society Texas Center, Houston
  • Busan Municipal Museum of Art, Korea
  • Brooklyn Museum, New York
  • Castello di Ama, Siena, Italy
  • Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris
  • Commanderie de Peyrassol, Flassans-sur-Issole, France
  • Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas
  • Donjon de Vez, France
  • FNAC, Paris, France
  • Fondazione Mudima, Milan
  • Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids
  • Fukuoka Museum of Art, Japan
  • Galerie Nationale de Prague, Czech Republic
  • Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan
  • Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
  • Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • Iwaki City Art Museum, Fukushima, Japan
  • Kröller-Müller Rijksmuseum, Otterloo, The Netherlands
  • Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany
  • Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland
  • Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
  • Kunstsammlungen der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
  • Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul
  • Lee Ufan Museum, Naoshima, Japan
  • Le Musée de Sculpture en Plein Air, Paris
  • M+ Museum, Hong Kong
  • Miyagi Museum of Art, Sendai, Japan
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japan
  • Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama, Japan
  • The Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • The National Museum of Art, Osaka,
  • National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
  • National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
  • National Museum of Modern Art, Seoul
  • National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
  • Nationalgalerie, Berlin
  • Niigata Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan
  • Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan
  • Pinault Foundation, Venice
  • Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
  • Seoul Municipal Museum of Art, Korea
  • Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo
  • Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Nagano, Japan
  • São Paulo Art Library, Brazil
  • Situation Kunst, Bochum, Germany
  • Sonja Henle-Niels Onstad Museum, Oslo, Norway
  • Space Lee Ufan, Busan, Korea
  • Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany
  • Städtisches Museum Leverkusen, Germany
  • Städtisches Museum im Städel, Frankfurt
  • Stuttgart Staatsgalerie, Germany
  • Sundheim Collection, New York
  • Sunjae Museum of Art, Korea
  • Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, Japan
  • Tate Modern Gallery, London
  • Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya, Japan
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
  • Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan
  • Utsunomiya City Museum of Art, Tochigi, Japan
  • Worcester Art Museum, MA