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Ha Jung-woong Collection O Il – Shout of Zero

Period
2018.03.17 ~ 2018.05.27
Admission Fee
Venue
Gwangju Museum of Art Ha Jung-woong Museum of Art
Sponsorship
Gwangju Museum of Art
Number of Works

75 pieces, approximately 100 selections of archived materials

Design

- Presents the O Il Retrospective to mark the 1st anniversary of the opening of the Ha Jung-woong Museum of Art and the 3th anniversary of Korean Japanese artist O Il’s death.
- Paves the way to shed light on the life and art of O Il as a whole by displaying his works from the museum’s collection and his pieces from the Ha Jung-woong Collection acquired after his death alongside archived materials.

Contents

The Ha Jung-woong Museum of Art brings to its venue O Il – Shout of Zero, a retrospective to mark the 1st anniversary of the opening of the Ha Jung-woong Museum of Art and the 3th anniversary of Korean Japanese artist O Il’s passing. On display at this retrospective are roughly 80 pieces chosen from O Il’s 300 works included in the Ha Jung-woong Collection along with archived materials through which you can catch a glimpse of his life and thoughts.


O Il’s works are largely divided into two types: figure paintings that feature his longing for his fatherland and pieces that are abstract representations of his cry for the world, the mysteries of nature and the principles of the universe. This exhibition is intended to show all aspects of O Il’s painting by classifying his art into a few sub-themes: Nostalgia; Humans – from the Unfinished to the Unended; The Season Feeling Like Going Crazy; and Unbounded Riddles.

O Il’s paintings are simple and bright yet intense and relentless. Like a child’s painting, his works appear simple, raw and vibrant. His intuitive brush touches and audacious expressions as well as erupting emotions and deep sounds from his soul suggest he was so ardent, sensuous, and innocent in his spirit. Meanwhile, his personal life was shattered by a vortex of experiences he underwent in the early 20th century as a Korean Japanese artist. The life of O Il, who was born the year the Second World War broke out, was more distressed, desperate, and exhausted than anyone else. He struggled against his harsh life and overcame a gloomy reality through his intense gaze toward the world and right perception of his time, Korean people, and himself. However, art enabled him to overcome his harsh reality.

As one’s life is like a journey whose destination is uncertain and one continuously may suffer solitude and isolation in the course of his or her journey, life can be a challenge for everyone. It is our hope that this exhibition will serve as an opportunity to discover the meaning of hope in our harsh lives in the world of O Il who managed his life and art as he lived, not giving in to harsh reality.

Artist

O Il

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