Kim Beom
Water from Ganges River in the Cup Made with Newspaper from Congo

The solo exhibition Water from Ganges River in the Cup Made with Newspaper from Congo at Kunsthal Aarhus shows a broad range of Korean artist Kim Beom’s (b. 1963) work and his approach to making art. Kim is interested in how we see and interpret the world and what happens to objects, when our point of view is slightly altered. In this simple, but radical change of perception, Kim questions the ways in which recognition is related to the act of seeing. His complex works address the relationship between the image and imagery, between facts and fiction, between the visual and tactile encounter. There are often humorous approaches to his examinations. The words and the titles are playful and crucial denominators in the works. Kim’s subtle imagery and texts are full of puns; they point out absurdities in everyday life and society in general. The title of the exhibition, Water from Ganges River in the Cup Made with Newspaper from Congo, is a good example of Kim’s humble, poetic playfulness and complex worldview. Everything is tied together and nothing is what it appears to be. The exhibition at Kunsthal Aarhus is divided into two parts. The works in Gallery 2 and 3 are mostly pieces Kim Beom developed during a residency at STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore, in 2016-2017. In the downstairs’ galleries, Gallery 4 and 5, a selection of older paintings from the 1990's and several video pieces are installed and carefully juxtaposed by Kim Beom. Kim Beom was educated at Seoul National University in the 1980’s, where he lived and refined his art practice until 1997.

On the occasion of the 60-year-anniversary for diplomatic relations between Denmark and South Korea, 2019 has officially been nominated as culture year for our two countries. Kunsthal Aarhus has been given the honour to be in charge of the official opening of the year of culture in Denmark.

Sunjung, president and chief curator for the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, The Danish Minister for Culture Mette Bock, The Mayor of Aarhus Jacob Bundsgaard and ambassadors for South Korea and Denmark will participate at the opening.

Opening 30.01.19, 5pm.

Exhibition period:
Gallery 2 and 3: 30.01.–19.05.2019
Gallery 4 and 5: 30.01.–20.03.2019

This exhibition would not have been possible without generous loans from KOLON, Maeil Dairies Co. And STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery.

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”Kim Beom viser i ny udstilling på Kunsthal Aarhus, at den orden, mennesket forsøger at skabe i verden, ofte er absurd og mere dum, end man gik og troede. Men han filosoferer også begavet og kritisk over, hvordan vi ser, sanser og forstår verdenen”

Kunsten.nu, Ole Bak Jakobsen, 05.02.2019

”Man kan læse sig til hans forskellige ironiske greb i form, videoer og tryk, men jeg kan ikke se det. Det er alt for subtilt. Det gælder også hans arkitetstegninger med utopiske gendigtninger fra banale fotos. Det eneste egentlig umiddelbart morsomme er en video, hvor han gør grin med den tidligere avantgarde ved at male ved hjælp af høje skrig og råb.”

Kunstavisen, Erik Meistrup, 23.02.2019

Kim Beom, Untitled (Water from Ganges River in the Cup Made with Newspaper from Congo), 2016, lithography on Fujimori paper. Courtesy Kim Beom.
Kim Beom, Untitled (Water from Ganges River in the Cup Made with Newspaper from Congo), 2016, lithography on Fujimori paper. Courtesy Kim Beom.
Kim Beom, Paper Wrapped (Baby Oils), 2016, objects wrapped with pigmented paper pulp on wooden base. Courtesy Kim Beom.
Kim Beom, Paper Wrapped (Baby Oils), 2016, objects wrapped with pigmented paper pulp on wooden base. Courtesy Kim Beom.
Kim Beom, Residential Watchtower Complex for Security Guards Schematic Unit Floor Plan, 2016, cyanotype on paper. Courtesy Kim Beom.
Kim Beom, Residential Watchtower Complex for Security Guards Schematic Unit Floor Plan, 2016, cyanotype on paper. Courtesy Kim Beom.
Kim Beom, Horse Riding Horse (After Eadweard Muybridge), 2008, 1 channel video, 24sec, video stills. Courtesy Kim Beom.
Kim Beom, Horse Riding Horse (After Eadweard Muybridge), 2008, 1 channel video, 24sec, video stills. Courtesy Kim Beom.