Post-War South Korean Blue Figure Collection MMCA Museum Modern Contemporary Art Seoul, 1979

by Boong Hyun Choi

Photography : cibachrome 40 x 40 cm 15.7 x 15.7 inch


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Photography: cibachrome

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40 x 40 cm 15.7 x 15.7 inch Height x Width x Depth


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50 x 50 cm 19.7 x 19.7 inch

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Artwork location: France

CHOI Boong Hyun (1941, Seoul, South Korea).
Figure, 1979, Original Ektachrome and photo print of his oil on canvas.
CHOI Boong Hyun is a major artist and founder of Informal Art in South Korea and the Zero Group, known as Mu.

Exhibitions: Zero Group 1962, Exhibition of the Infinite Group 1974, 1st Seoul Biennale 1974, Masan Gallery Seoul 1975, 1976, Han Kook Gallery, Seoul 1979, Arts Olympiads in Paris organized by the Lise Cormery Gallery for the CNOSF Olympic Committee, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo 2015.

CHOI Boong Hyun is a accomplished painter, but he is also known for his installations and performances, including "Stovepipe" and his "Umbrella Happening" (nuclear) and candles, which is the first happening in Seoul.

CHOI Boong Hyun, December 14, 1967, at 4 p.m.
“Happening with a Plastic Umbrella and Candles”.
Participants dance in a circle around CHOI and sing the Hymn of Korean Resistance, "Birds, Birds, Blue Birds," by Jun Bong Joon, 1894. The umbrella was a symbol of the American nuclear umbrella and the fear of North Korea.

After fierce Japanese colonialism in Taiwan and South Korea from 1905 to 1945, followed by three years of war from 1950 to 1953, South Korea was gradually rising from its ashes with General Park Chung-Hee, president from 1962 to 1979, leading South Korea. But CHOI, founder of South Korea's informal art, and some youth criticized the sociopolitical paradoxes by denouncing American investments, but also, sadly, Japanese investments following their dictatorship over the country from 1905 to 1945. South Korea had suffered under Japanese rule for so many years, and poverty still prevailed. Hence, "The 'Stovepipe' Installation" by CHOI Boong Hyun, which depicts modest brick-made stoves for heat and cooking that poor Koreans had to contend with, being the majority.

Indeed, Japan had enriched itself at the expense of Korea, bleeding it dry. Paradoxically, Japan triumphed with the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 and the Shinkansen train, while deep poverty prevailed in South Korea due to the past Japanese invasion, and the country underwent a new military dictatorship.

Even if Iris Clerc in her Paris gallery had the idea for the staging of the performance "The Void" in her gallery to launch her budding artist Yves Klein, with his "Anthropometries," the concept of performances was then new and provocative, but solely to attract journalists and the public and to commercialize art. Similarly, Hunger-Pegof in Austria in the current of Viennese Actionism used his 'Happenings' as a showcase for provocation to leave a mark.

But if the Revolution of '68 was that of spoiled children in France, the performances in South Korea were those of a courageous youth engaged in criticizing tragic historical and political sociological events that led to imprisonment or violations of their fundamental freedom.

Excerpt from "The Art of the School of Paris After the War," Lise Cormery, Michelangelo Publications, Paris 2020.
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Boong Hyun Choi, Post-War South Korean Blue Figure  Collection MMCA Museum Modern Contemporary Art Seoul
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Boong Hyun Choi

South Korea  • 1941

Choi Boong Hyun, born in South Korea in 1941, is a Major Artist and Founder of Informal Art in South Korea and of the Zero Group called Mu. He is also a talented painter and photographer who exhibits internationally: Group Zero Exhibition 1962, Infinite Group Exhibition 1974, 1st Seoul Biennale, 1974, Masan Gallery Seoul 1975 1976, Han Kook Gallery Seoul 1979 Tribute to the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo in 2015. Choi Boong Hyun, Founder of Informal Art of South Korea is a committed artist, he was the first to organize artistic and political public performances in Seoul as early as 1967. But if the "Revolution of '68" in France was that of the spoiled children of the petty bourgeoisie, South Korea's performances were those of a courageous youth engaged in the criticism of tragic sociological, historical and political events, and artists were threatened. 

The installation of Choi Boong Hyun, Stovepipe, Happening of the (Nuclear) Umbrella and Candles & Anthem of the Korean Resistance Birds, Birds, Blue Birds by Jun Bong Joon, (1894), takes place in Seoul on December 14, 1967 at 4:00 pm. This 1967 performance denounces American but also paradoxically Japanese investments when South Korea suffered martyrdom under the Japanese yoke for so many years and the resulting misery is still rife. Indeed, Japan had become rich at the expense of Korea, which it had bled dry, but triumphed with the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and the Shinkansen train, while poverty was rampant in South Korea and the country was under a military dictatorship. The artist was part of South Korea's selection for the Olympiades des Arts organized by the Galerie Lise Cormery for the French National Olympic and Sports Committee in 1991 and 1992 in Paris, on the occasion of the 1992 Olympic Winter Games. This followed the Seoul Olympics of the Arts where the city will create for this occasion a painting museum and a museum of monumental sculptures in the open air with invited artists from all over the world to exhibit and represent the art of the 20th century.

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