Journey to Infinity: Yoo Youngkook

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Journey to Infinity: Yoo Youngkook
April 20 to November 24, 2024
Collateral Program of the 60th International Art Exhibition
Venice Biennale
Querini Stampalia Foundation,
campo santa maria
Formosa, Castello 5252, 30122 Venice

yoo youngkook Art Foundation will present a exhibition works of famous people Korean Painter, Yoo Youngkook (born 1916, Uljin, South Korea; died 2002, Seoul, South Korea), curated by kim inhee But biennale arte 2024Which is the artist’s first solo show in Europe.

Journey to Infinity: Yoo Youngkook
Yoo Youngkook, Work, 1968, oil on canvas, 136 x 136 cm
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Venice-Yoo Youngkook Art Foundation Documenting the evolution of one of Korea’s most important artists, a series of photographs will be presented in the historic Fondazione Querini Stampalia alongside thirty of the artist’s large-scale oil paintings and twenty copper prints. Journey to Infinity: Yoo Youngkook Has been selected as a collateral program by curator 60th International Festival of Arts exhibition , Venice Biennale, Adriano Pedrosa. On view from April 20 to November 24, 2024, A Journey to the Infinite: Yoo Youngkook is curated by Kim Inhee and will be the most significant exhibition of Yoo Youngkook’s work outside Korea to date.

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Yoo Youngkook c.1979
© Yoo Youngkook Art Foundation

we have arrived Youngkook was the pioneer of geometry abstract painting who left an indelible mark on the history of art Korea, The selection of paintings in the upcoming exhibition, which also includes works never before seen outside Korea, epitomize Yoo’s passionate engagement with the distillation of painterly forms as a means of investigating his deeply personal relationship with nature.

An attempt to depict the essence of natural elements through abstraction, Yu presented three-dimensional land and sea structures as points, lines, planes, and vibrant colors. There will also be documents and ephemera from the Yoo Youngkook archives, including postcards, photographs, notes and videos that provide information about the artist’s life and practice, in the historical library of the Fondazione Querini Stampalia.

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Yoo Youngkook, Work, 1975, oil on canvas, 32×41 cm
© Yoo Youngkook Art Foundation

Journey to Infinity: Yu Youngkuk will exhibit mainly works from the 1960s and 1970s: an important moment in Yu’s life when he devoted himself entirely to painting. Working alone in his studio with minimal social interaction, he produced many masterful works. Yoo Youngkook once said, ‘I believe I was still in the learning stage until I was sixty. After that, I just want to be more independent.’ The exhibition will highlight the stages of this ‘learning phase’: his study of organic and geometric forms, and explorations into color theory and perspective placement.

Curator Kim Inhee said: ‘This is truly a landmark exhibition that brings forward the work of an important figure of the Korean abstract artist. For the vast majority of viewers this will be the first time they experience Yu’s richly colored paintings with their subtle play of color and form. ‘Despite Yoo’s prominence in Korean art history, his practice remains little known to international audiences and this exhibition is an extremely exciting opportunity to bring international recognition to a master painter.’

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Curator Inhee Kim
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In his art, Yoo Youngkook integrated traditional Korean aesthetics with modern Western art movements, such as Surrealism and Constructivism, ultimately leading to avant-garde movements themselves, including New York. realism, Modern Art Association, Contemporary Artists Exhibition, and New Figures. His art reflects the theme of the 60th International Art exhibition‘Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere’, curated by Adriano Pedrosa, explores how Western art was adapted and appropriated by countries that experienced colonialism in the twentieth century. In this context, the art of Yoo Youngkook, who integrated Eastern and Western ideas while navigating the trials of colonization, independence, and war in modern Korea, presents a very interesting and insightful topic for discussion.

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Yoo Youngkook, Work, 1965, oil on canvas, 130 cm x 162 cm
© Yoo Youngkook Art Foundation

Yoo developed his notion of the ‘order of nature’ from personal experience, which was rooted in the Korean perspective of the natural world. He was particularly inspired by the towering mountains and deep sea landscape of his hometown Uljin. Yu Youngkuk saw nature not as a potential conquest, but as a mysterious and ineffable source of the sublime. This attitude is particularly evident in his works of the 1960s and 1970s, which demonstrate his unique ability to capture the ever-changing beauty of the quintessential ‘mountain’ through a variety of pictorial languages.

The exhibition will be displayed on the first, second and third floors of the Fondazione Querini Stampalia and will include paintings from the museums.

Journey to Infinity: Yoo Youngkook will open at La Biennale di Venezia from 20 April to 24 November 2024.

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