Kukje Gallery is participating in the 44th edition of FIAC (Foire internationale d'art contemporain), taking place at the iconic Grand Palais in Paris. This year, FIAC will feature a new curated initiative titled the Lafayette Sector focused on supporting emerging galleries and examining various dimensions of today’s contemporary art. A total of 192 galleries from all over the world will participate.
The Kukje Gallery stand will showcase eight paintings from Kim Yong-Ik’s (b. 1947) “polka-dot” series, including the recent Thinner… and Thinner…#17-6 (2017). In addition, the gallery will feature an installation titled Two-pieces 2017 (2017) in the On Site Sector. This work explores one of the artist’s signature themes, reinterpreting and making new works from earlier pieces dating from the 1980s. Approximately 40 installations and sculptures will be part of the On Site Sector, which will take place in various venues around the 8th arrondissement including the Grand Palais, Petit Palais, and L’avenue Winston-Churchill. Kim’s work will be installed in the Grand Palais. The artist’s work is currently being featured in a two-part solo exhibition at the Korean Cultural Centre UK (hereafter KCCUK) in London as their annual ‘Artist of the Year’ exhibition and Spike Island in Bristol. This marks his first solo exhibition in Europe. In celebration of the ‘UK/Korea 2017–18’ season, the KCCUK and Spike Island have co-organized an extensive solo exhibition of the artist, open through November 4 and December 19, respectively.
Also on display will be works from Kyungah Ham’s (b. 1966) iconic Chandeliers series alongside new embroidery works from her SMS series including 76. Needling Whisper, Needle Country / SMS Series in Camouflage / Imaginary Forms and Mr. Vitamin C (2017) and 150. Needling Whisper, Needle Country / SMS Series in Camouflage / Floating Mysterious Nicergoline (2017). Ham will also exhibit Mona Lisa and the others from the North (2015) at Asia Now Paris, a fair dedicated to presenting contemporary Asian art being held at the Les Salons Hoche and open October 18 through October 22. Previously showcased at the Guangzhou Triennial in 2015, the installation juxtaposes embroidery depicting the Mona Lisa made by North Korean artisans with interviews of North Korean refugees who have settled in South Korea. Ham creates a witty contrast between western culture as embodied by Leonardo de Vinci’s iconic painting and the reality of life in North Korea.
Other works on view include Jean-Michel Othoniel’s (b. 1964) Precious Stonewall (2017), made with blue mirrored glass bricks fabricated by master craftsmen in India and GodShot (2017) by Michael Joo (b. 1966). Joo will hold his first solo exhibition at Kukje Gallery opening on November 30. Also on view is Neues Museum Berlin XIII (2009) by Candida Höfer (b. 1944), who will exhibit at Kukje Gallery in 2018—her first since her solo exhibition in 2011. Kukje Gallery’s booth will also feature significant works by Haegue Yang, Wook-kyung Choi, Ha Chong-Hyun, Park Seo-Bo, Chung Sang-Hwa, Chung Chang-Sup, Kimsooja, and Bill Viola.