Korean Art, a contemporary take on texture

Opera Gallery Dubai

March 14 - March 28 2019



Opera Gallery Dubai

March 14 - March 28 2019

Gate Village Building 3, DIFC
Po Box 506737 Dubai
Dubai, UAE

+971 (0)4 323 0909

Opening hours

Sun - Wed: 10am - 10pm


Thu: 10am - Midnight


Fri: 2pm - 9pm


Sat: 11am - 9pm



Following a number of group exhibitions that placed primary focus on a specific and particular subject as its theme, Opera Gallery Dubai is proud to present a seemingly more general exhibition titled ‘Korean Art – A contemporary take on texture’, offering a broad perspective on some of the pioneering practice to be found in this elementally contrasting country. The gallery has maintained a presence in the ‘Land of Morning Calm’ since 2007, with a prime exhibition space positioned at the beating heart of local creativity, in the Gangnam district of Seoul.

The exhibition covers trends ranging from traditional Korean art up to the Dansaekhwa Movement of the 1970s and the Minjung Misol from the 1980s onwards. The presented artists forge their work from an extremely subtle cultural legacy, much like the region, that sits in a constant state of flux between tradition and innovation. Through this significant, curated selection of recent works by contemporary Korean artists, we are delighted to present a panoramic representation of regional creativity, expression and craftsmanship, with a chosen emphasis on each artist’s relationship with often unusual and uncanny mediums, resulting in often beguiling and perplexing surface texture to the works they create. Whether using classical materials like oil paint, ink, ‘Hanji’ paper made from mulberry tree, or less expected industrial materials like chains, steel nails, polycarbonate or copper piping, these artworks are generally marked by a sense of calm and minimalist clarity.

Each artist attempts to reference the complex issues surrounding society’s evolution within nature, which has been jeopardised by industrialisation, the impact of the digital era or the ethical limits of major scientific and medical progress of the 21st century. There is no doubt that the lucidity, dynamism and nonconformism that emerge from these creations, and in turn this exhibition, enhance the pertinent, wider universal themes of the international world of contemporary art.

This exhibition perfectly emphasises the gallery’s consistent efforts to promote contemporary art through public display. Visitors and collectors from the region have recently been introduced to Korean art via a temporary exhibition located in the new Gate Avenue of the DIFC, which has prompted interest for this more expansive, intricate and more intimate gallery exhibition.

We look forward to welcoming you during the art-filled month of March and discover the importance of the Korean artists on display for this ‘first of its kind’, milestone exhibition.

Seon Ghi Bahk , An aggregation 201301

An aggregation 201301

Charcoal, nylon threads and stone . 300 x 100 x 400 cm | 118 x 39,4 x 157,5 in

Chae Sung-pil, Histoire bleu (161011), 2016

Histoire bleu (161011), 2016

Pigment and oil on canvas . 130 x 130 cm | 51.2 x 51.2 in

Sung-hee Cho, Work A, 2013

Work A, 2013

Korean Paper . 103.3 x 97 cm | 40.6 x 38.2 in

Gil-rae Lee, Pine Tree 2018-2, 2018

Pine Tree 2018-2, 2018

Copper welding . 253 x 115 x 85 cm | 99.6 x 45.3 x 33.5 in

Jae-hyo Lee, 0121-1110=116122, 2016

0121-1110=116122, 2016

Wood . 40 x 98 x 98 cm |

Jae-sam Lee, Moonscape, 2016

Moonscape, 2016

Charcoal on canvas . 80 x 194 cm | 31.5 x 76.4 in

Jung-woong Lee, Brush_Blue, 2018

Brush_Blue, 2018

Oil and mixed media on canvas . 130.3 x 162.2 cm | 51.3 x 63.9 in

 Ran Hwang, Angel Wing, 2017

Angel Wing, 2017

Buttons, pins, and beads on panel . 111.8 x 73.7 cm | 44 x 29 in

Bong-chae Son, Migrants, 2015

Migrants, 2015

Oil on polycarbonate and LED . 84 x 124 cm | 33 x 49 in

Young-deok Seo , Meditation 75, 2016

Meditation 75, 2016

Stainless steel . 95 x 60 x 30 cm | 37.4 x 23.6 x 11.8 in