Kim Yong-Ik


Spike Island, Bristol
and the Korean Cultural Centre UK, London
Kim Yong-Ik
Preview: Friday 29 September 2017 | 6–9pm
Spike Island, Bristol: exhibition:
26 September – 4 November 2017.
30 September – 17 December 2017
133 Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6UX



Kim Yong-Ik, To Ilmin Museum of Art, 1981, Cloth, paper, photo, wood, rope, Installation, approx. 31 x 41 x 10 cm, Photography by Keith Park,
Courtesy of the Artist and Kukje Gallery



Spike Island is pleased to present the first exhibition in the UK by South Korean artist Kim Yong-Ik. The exhibition traces the progression of his work from his earliest Dansaekhwa paintings — a form of Korean abstraction — through his rejection of this tradition in the early 1980s, as his awareness of conceptual practice developed and life under Korea’s military dictatorship became increasingly repressive. It culminates in recent works characterised by his persistent questioning and deconstruction of contemporary art. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Centre, London, which presents a concurrent exhibition of the artist’s work.

Kim Yong-Ik’s exhibition at Korean Cultural Centre takes place from 26 September to 4 November 2017


The first UK solo exhibitions by South Korean artist Kim Yong-Ik

Spike Island, Bristol and the Korean Cultural Centre UK, London announce two exhibitions by Korean artist Kim Yong-Ik (b. 1947), marking his first solo presentation in the UK. Kim’s 40-year career as an artist, activist and teacher – spanning a turbulent struggle from dictatorship to democracy in South Korea – has had a profound impact on the country’s modern art history, influencing many younger artists.

The exhibition at Spike Island surveys an array of works from the 1970s onwards, whilst KCCUK focuses on Kim’s paintings from the 1980s and 1990s. Part of the Korea/UK Season 2017-18, a programme of extensive cultural events across the UK celebrating Korean creatives, these exhibitions provide a timely insight into Kim’s influential oeuvre.


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