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Greatness of Everyday: Reversing the Narrativesis
Greatness of Everyday: Reversing the Narrativesis
  • Period 2021-03-31~2021-08-22
  • Work Type Internal
  • Artworks Count 105
  • Place Busan Museum of Art, 2F
  • Contact 051-744-2602
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Greatness of Everyday: Reversing the Narrativesis

Greatness of Everyday: Reversing the Narrativesis to shed a new light on the meanings of new figurative art that made its historic mark along with wide-ranging art movements in the 80s.
The Korean art scene has attempted to define expressionistic artworks that are distinguishable from the existing figurative painting or art since the mid and late 70s by using such terms as “new figurative painting/art” and “new figuration.” It could be interpreted as a gesture to newly contextualize the movement of artists leveraging the distortion and modification of objects and strong color tones to express their perception of the reality, unlike the realism-driven portrayal of objects or figures found in the existing figurative painting. Such a tendency was later described as “new figurative art.” It is a form of art that flourished based on “our stories at this moment in time” topping the agenda back in the 80s, deserving to be understood as a concept even encompassing the realism in art emerging in tandem with the democratization movement during the times. In this sense, new figurative art is worthy to be revisited as a keyword to figure out a topographical map of the Korean art history in the 80s.
Despite the implications of new figurative art in the art history of Korea, it is yet to be officially defined due to the broad implications of the concept, leading to a failure in having a historical presence. This exhibition, nevertheless, seeks to gather together an artistic tendency of artworks introduced in the budding times of new figurative art with a closer look at the period ranging from the mid-70s up to the mid-90s, overshadowing the existence of numerous limitations such as absence of clues in figuring out a specific time frame for certain artworks. It is hoped that some of the keywords and themes embedded in new figurative art could be explored through the attempt, thereby paving the way to position it within the Korean art history.
The exhibition is themed on several keywords embedded in new figurative art. It consists of four sections: “Expression of the Reality – Development of New Figuration” revealing the recovery of abstraction into figuration through the expression of the reality; “Recovery of Expressions”dealing with the perception of everyday life and expressive attempts for it; “Twisted Desires” exposing explicit expressionistic attempts with the multi-dimensionality of new figurative art; and lastly, “The Turbulent Times” revealing the scent of day-to-day life of greatness in multiple views.
It is wished that this exhibition could enable the audience to eye the “recovery of narratives” contained in new figurative art, and rediscover its historic significance.



1. Expression of the Reality – Development of New Figuration
- “Pursuit of new figuration” as a flourishing trend from the late 70s stands for artists’ paradigm shift to project specific images in our reality, and pay attention to individual narratives our life unfolds.Emerged are intense contemplations over the abstractly inexplicable times in more specific expression of life.

2. Recovery of Expressions

- Experiencing the reality in the chaotic times was a wake-up call for individuals’ free expression. Allegorical aspects on the humankind and reality are presented, while “critical realism” as an experiential statement for individuals’ reality put in political and social circumstances shows up again. The Korean art in the 80s can be identified as the period of “new figuration” and “recovery of expressions” serves as a keyword for understanding the art of this period.

3. Twisted Desires
- It lays bare the plurality of new figurative art where attempts to make intense expressions come into play. Emergence of the grotesque, desire, sexuality and exaggerated and twisted description of figures represent portraits of the chaotic times. Portrayed are individual life stories ravaged by values shifting away from humanism to capitalism in new figurative art that seeks to touch upon more realistic stories than the reality itself through “fantastical reality.” Twisted figures in artworks are both the outcome the critical perception of the society, and individuals’ blunt self-portraits with the aesthetics of “ugliness” in humans’ desire.

4. The Turbulent Times
- The grand theme of new figurative art boils down to everyday life and humans. A return to art that manifests life stories and experiences of people was a key turning point in the contemporary art history of Korea. New figurative art presenting multidimensional views on the scent of life reveals volumetric layers of banality through people’s opposition and resistance to the world, and delicate sentiments of sorrows of bearing with things life have to offer, sadness, soul-searching, madness, sympathy and laughter.
Work Introduction

  • 무제(Untitled)관련 첨부 이미지 무제(Untitled)
    79 × 110cm
    종이에 콩테(Conte on paper)
  • 세대(Generation)관련 첨부 이미지 세대(Generation)
    147 × 78cm
    캔버스에 유채(Oil on canvas)
  • 고독을 소독하는 사람(Person Who Disinfects Loneliness )관련 첨부 이미지 고독을 소독하는 사람(Person Who Disinfects Loneliness )
    91 × 72.5cm
    캔버스에 유채(Oil on canvas)
  • 여왕의 잠(Queen’s Sleep)관련 첨부 이미지 여왕의 잠(Queen’s Sleep)
    130 × 108cm
    캔버스에 아크릴릭(Acrylic on canvas)
  • 생(生)-88(Alive-88)관련 첨부 이미지 생(生)-88(Alive-88)
    132 × 172cm
    캔버스 천에 수채, 아크릴릭(Acrylic and watercolor on raw canvas)
  • 무제(Untitled)관련 첨부 이미지 무제(Untitled)
    157 x 54.5cm (3pcs)
    벽지에 유채, 크레용(Oil and crayon on wallpaper)
  • 얼굴(Face)관련 첨부 이미지 얼굴(Face)
    115 × 119cm
    종이에 크레용(Crayon on paper)
  • 자화상(Self-Portrait)관련 첨부 이미지 자화상(Self-Portrait)
    30 × 22.5cm
    캔버스에 유채(Oil on canvas)
  • 위험한 놀이(Dangerous Game)관련 첨부 이미지 위험한 놀이(Dangerous Game)
    73 × 105cm
    종이에 파스텔, 크레용(Pastel and crayon on paper)
  • 변신(Transformation)관련 첨부 이미지 변신(Transformation)
    146 × 57cm
    혼합재료(Mixed media)
  • 매치 (MATCH)관련 첨부 이미지 매치 (MATCH)
    130 × 259cm
    캔버스에 유채(Oil on canvas)
  • 익명의 초상(Portrait of Anonymous)관련 첨부 이미지 익명의 초상(Portrait of Anonymous)
    49 × 51cm
    종이에 유채(Oil on paper)