Galerie Paris-Beijing is pleased to announce the upcoming group show Korean Shape, an eclectic overview of the Korean contemporary art scene, with a particular focus on the field of sculpture. From the 90’s, alongside with the economic development of the country, Korea has progressively built its leading role in the sphere of visual art, by virtue of its sophisticated and dynamic scene. The year 1995 marked a turning point with the creation of the Gwangju Biennale, the first contemporary art biennale in Asia and the establishment of a Korean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In the 2000’s many galleries and foundations put the country in the spotlight, like Louis Vuitton in 2008 and the auction house Phillips de Pury, in partnership with the Saatchi Gallery in 2009 with the Korean Eye exhibition.
Too long overshadowed by Japan and China, its imposing neighbours, Korea is now an expanding market, as evidenced by the growing number of internationally renowned galleries, museums, auction houses, and cultural events.
Keeping with its aim of promoting a new generation of Asian artists, Galerie Paris-Beijing celebrates the creative energy of the Land of the Calm Morning with works that combine the use of traditional materials such as wood, metal or charcoal, and the exploration of highly innovative techniques. The selection provides the viewer a glimpse of Korea’s perfect balance between its vast cultural heritage and its quest for modernity. After the exhibition New Photography in Korea presented last September, Korean Shape is a unique opportunity to discover the universe of 11 emerging Korean artists who are on the verge of an international recognition. A series of site-specific large-scale installations will be on display on each floor of the Art Nouveau house as well as in the modern outbuilding annexed to the Hotel Winssinger.