Olivier Malingue gallery will open with the first solo exhibition in Europe of seminal Korean artist Cho Yong-Ik (b. 1934). Rising to prominence in the mid 60s following his studies at Seoul National University, Cho Yong-Ik participated in the 2nd Paris Biennale (1961) and Expo ‘67 of Korean painters in Montreal (1967) alongside other rising Korean painters such as Park Seo-Bo before passing in the 70s to the Dansaekhwa rubric of expression.
Presenting a survey of Cho Yong-Ik’s works from the 70s, 80s and 90s, the exhibition explores how he at once championed the movement’s key tenets – repetition, meditation and tranquility through placing the ‘act of making’ at the heart of creation – yet differentiated himself from other Dansaekhwa artists by placing a further emphasis on energetic materiality.
Cho Yong-Ik has been highly lauded as one of South Korea’s most important painters and recently held a major solo exhibition at the Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul. Further exhibitions include the Samsung Museum of Art, MMCA Seoul & Gwacheon, Arko Art Center Seoul and Fukuoka Museum of Art. Cho’s work has additionally been exhibited in various Biennales, including Paris (1961, 1969), Sao Paulo (1967) and is held in multiple permanent collections, including the MMCA, Seoul Art Museum, Samsung Museum of Art and Gwangju Museum of Art.
Olivier Malingue Gallery is a Mayfair gallery founded in 2016 by Olivier Malingue specialised in modern art, specifically postwar, and select contemporary art. The gallery focuses on presenting historical exhibitions and creating a dialogue between past and present artistic practice.
- Cho Yong-Ik