31/08/2019 - 01/02/2020

Part of the presentation of recent acquisitions to the Mudam Collection displayed in autumn 2019, in the museum's Sculpture Garden, Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand- Duc Jean presents a series of sculptures by Suki Seokyeong Kang (*1977), the winner of the 2018 Baloise Art Prize. In her practice Seokyeong Kang combines sculpture, painting, weaving, video and performance. Working within these different mediums she creates evolving installations for a space in which the body plays a key role when considered in terms of its position and movement. The sculptures Grandmother Tower – tow #18-01 and Rove and Round – face, mat, belly, #18-01, are the focus of this display that are conceived and devised specifically for the spaces of Mudam. 

Suki Seokyeong Kang, Grandmother Tower – tow #18-01, 2018. Collection Mudam Luxembourg, Donation 2018 – Baloise Group © Photo : Suki Seokyeong Kang 

Donated to Mudam by the Groupe Baloise, the two sculptures are the start to a series that Seokyeong Kang continues to develop today, a series which draws upon personal and family memories. Using a formal graphic vocabulary of lines, surface planes, colours and textures she makes connections between various registers of sensitivity, at once visual, musical and choreographic. In her creative process the artist incorporates the know-how of traditional Korean culture: be it painting, which Seokyeong Kang studied and from which elements of her physical engagement originate, or Jeongganbo, an ancient Korean music scoring system set out in the form of a grid. While Suki Seokyeong Kang's works are each conceptually autonomous, the artist arranges them meticulously within the space, focusing on a general harmony that is activated and set in physical or visual motion by the intervention of the performer or by the use of video. 

Biographical note 

Suki Seokyeong Kang was born in 1977, she lives and works in Seoul. She has had several solo exhibitions and projects including at the ICA Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2018), Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong (2016), Audioviual, Seoul (2015), Gallery Factory, Seoul, and at Space Can, Seoul (2013). Her work was included in group exhibitions at MAK Center for Art and Architecture, LA (2018), Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (2018), Contemporary Art Center, Seoul (2017), as well as at Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul (2015). She participated in the Liverpool Biennial (2018) and in the Gwangju Biennale (2016). She was awarded with the Art Basel Prize in 2018, the 13th Songeun Art Award in 2013, and the Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2012. Her work is held in the collections such as the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul and Seoul Museum of Art, Korea, as well as National Art Bank, Seoul.

Suki Seokyeong Kang, Rove and Round - face, mat, belly #18-01, 2018. Collection Mudam Luxembourg, Donation 2018 – Baloise Group © Photo: Suki Seokyeong Kang

Marie-Noëlle Farcy