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Saatchi Gallery brings Contemporary Korean art to a new international audience
Sungsoo koo, From the series Magical reality comics, 2005, 180 x 220 cm. C print. Courtesy of the Artist.


LONDON.- KOREAN EYE: 2012, provides a unique platform to bring contemporary Korean art to a new international audience at the Saatchi Gallery to coincide with the Olympic Games.

The exhibition presents the largest survey of new Korean art to date, and highlights an exciting group of artists who have recently emerged on the global art scene, producing work that provides an arresting insight into the future of contemporary art in Korea.

KOREAN EYE: 2012 will be the very first time this group of artists have shown their work together, demonstrating a very diverse range of influences including fluency with technology, incredible attention to design and detail, and more historic factors, such as western classical art and Korea’s many years of occupation by foreign powers.

It will also be the first time the Saatchi Gallery has helped curate an exhibition of this scale from work outside its own collection, selecting the final 33 artists from KOREAN EYE’s long list of 2,000 artists who entered over 28,000 works for consideration. KOREAN EYE: 2012 features work by:

AHN, Chulhyun • AHN, Doojin • BAE, Joonsung • BAHK, Seon Ghi • CHAE, Mi Hyun & Dr. Jung • CHO, Duck Hyun • CHOE, Uram • CHOI, Chongwoon • YOO, Haeri • HAN, Debbie • HONG,Euyoung • HONG, Seung Hee • HONG, Soo Yeon • HONG, Sung Chul • BAAK, Je, • JUNG, Seung • KANG, Hyung Koo • KIM, Byoungho • KIM, Dong Yoon • KIM, Hyuen Jun • LEE, Gilwoo • LEE, Jaehyo • LEE, Ji Yen • LEE, • Jonggeon • LEE, Kwang Ho • LEE, Moonjoo • MOON, Beom • OH, Jeong Il • SHIN, Meekyoung • SIM, Seung-Wook • KOO, Sungsoo • YEESOOKYUNG • YOU, Myung Gyun

Both an exhibition-guide published by Booth-Clibborn Editions, and a hard-back book, Korean Eye 2, published by SKIRA will accompany the exhibition.

"Thinking back to September 2011 when we previewed KOREAN EYE at the Korean national assembly, I am proud that the Bank’s support leads to the showcasing of Korean contemporary art in London to coincide with the greatest sporting and cultural event in the world. The Bank is firmly committed to leveraging its unique strengths for the benefit of Korea. I think the London exhibition demonstrates how we strive to act not only as a bridge in a business sense, but also to increase awareness and understanding of Korean culture globally.” - Richard Hill, President and CEO, Standard Chartered Korea Financial Group and Standard Chartered Bank Korea

“We created KOREAN EYE with the hope of introducing Korean Contemporary Art to the world. We are astounded by the level of success and support we have received from the Korean Contemporary Art community, and believe that the exhibition this summer will take awareness of Korean Contemporary Art to a new level. We are incredibly proud that KOREAN EYE seems to have become an ambassador of Korean culture, which would not have been possible without the support of our partners, Standard Chartered and Saatchi Gallery; for this I thank them.” - David Ciclitira, Chairman and Founder, KOREAN EYE

“We are thrilled and delighted to collaborate with KOREAN EYE and Standard Chartered. It is a wonderful opportunity to introduce new contemporary art to London, especially during the Olympics. KOREAN EYE is set to play a key role in shaping our understanding of the work of this group of artists, and provide a gateway to the wider culture of their homeland, because they have absorbed many aspects of contemporary life in Korea and chosen very individual ways to communicate this; showing extraordinary talent and energy.” - Nigel Hurst, Chief Executive, Saatchi Gallery






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