Yun Hyong-keun

7 January – 23 February 2023
Yun Hyong-keun, Burnt Umber, 1980.
Image: © Yun Seong-ryeol
Courtesy David Zwirner and PKM Gallery, Seoul

David Zwirner is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of Yun Hyong-keun (1928–2007) in Paris since 2006. The paintings and never-before-exhibited works on hanji (Korean mulberry paper) in this presentation date from 1979 to 1984, encompassing the years immediately before and after Yun’s residence in Paris from 1980 to 1982. A transformative period for the artist, Yun’s brief but illuminating stay in the city became the locus of his freedom of expression, which resulted from the political repression he had experienced in his home country.

Yun’s signature abstract compositions engaged and transcended Eastern and Western art movements and visual traditions, establishing him as one of the most significant Korean artists of the twentieth century. He is the most prominent figure associated with the Dansaekhwa (monochrome painting) movement, the name given to a group of influential Korean artists from the 1960s and 1970s who experimented with the physical properties of painting and prioritized technique and process.

This exhibition is held in collaboration with PKM Gallery, Seoul, which primarily represents the estate of Yun Hyong-keun. David Zwirner Books will publish a catalogue to accompany the exhibition.