□ The Exhibition: Min Kyoung Kap _ Ask Nature the Way 

□ The Opening Ceremony: 17:00, 8 May 2012/ At the lobby in the main building of Seoul Museum of Art

□ Date and Time: 8 May 2012- 3 June 2012 (the main building of Seoul Museum of Art)/8 May 2012 – 8 July 2012 (SeMA NamSeoul) /Tue-Fri 10:00-20:00 Sat, Sun, National Holidays 10:00-19:00 ※ Closed on every Monday

□ Location and Contact Info: The 1st floor at the main building of Seoul Museum of Art Misulgwan-gil 30 (Seosomun-dong 37), Jung-gu, Seoul (100-813) Tel +82.2124.8800 SeMA Nam Seoul Museum of Art/ Namhyeon-dong Gwanak-gu Seoul (151-300) Tel +82.2.598.6247

□ Tickets: Admission free

□ Web page: http://seoulmoa.seoul.go.kr/global/eindex.jsp?

The exhibition Min Kyoung-kap _ Ask Nature the Way aims to shed light on the art of Eusan Min Kyoung-kap (酉山 閔庚甲, 1933~) in commemoration of his donation of 36 pieces of works to the Seoul Museum of Art in 2009. A member of the National Academy of Arts, Min Kyoung-kap is a senior artist who has developed a distinctive style unparalleled in the realm of Korean painting. For the past sixty-odd years, Artist Min Kyoung-kap has single-mindedly walked on the path of Korean painting and created a unique world of his own, combining the traditional features of “Korean painting” with modernity that does away with the drab uniformity of previous “Eastern painting.” When fine artists in Korea were actively engaged in group activities in search of breakthroughs in the early 1960′s, Min co-founded the mugnimhoe (Black Ink Forest Society), an avant guard group unprecedented in Korean painting, and led the “modernization” of Korean painting by introducing abstraction into the genre.

As a young artist full of vigor, he was a major force behind the refreshing evolution of Korean painting, shattering the traditional conception of Eastern painting with daring visual experiments in style, such as nonrepresentational and semi-abstract paintings. Since then, with Western painting growing by leaps and bounds, the artist began to wonder about the identity of Korean painting, namely, “what can Korean painting offer that Western painting does not?” His lifelong quest to find answers to this question continues to this day. He saw that the path of Korean painting lies in expressing the sentiments and spirit of Koreans through Korean media, and this thought of his has been accompanied throughout his life by the theme of “Nature.” Returning to representational paintings of realistic scenery in the early 1970′s, the artist began to take nature as his main subject matter. His contemporary landscape painting with the theme of “Nature” symbolized by “the mountain” has been an ongoing process in which the portrayal of nature’s outer appearance is transcended to capture the world of spirit that seeks oneness with nature. Under the overarching theme of “Nature,” through a series of works such as “In Harmony with Nature” in the 1980′s to the early 1990′s, “Coexistence with Nature” in the mid to late 1990′s, “Into Nature” in the early 2000′s, “Non-Doing” in the 2000′s, and “True-Such” in the 2010′s, the artist has endeavored to find the fundament of his artistic world and the spiritual archetype of Koreans in the attitude to seek harmony with “the Way of Nature,” an invisible flow in which creations and dissolutions take place naturally and without any artificial technicality.

Artist Min Kyoung-kap has strengthened the characteristic features of Korean painting by holding on to the use of the traditional materials of hwaseonji (Korean painting paper), muk (black ink) and natural pigments, and by continuously pursuing the theme of “Nature” in expressing the sentiments and spirit of Koreans who seek oneness with Nature. While carrying on the traditional features of Korean painting, he has created pictures with organic compositions, some in abstraction and others in representation, and has developed distinctive colors of Korean painting with clarity and depth that get beyond those of oil painting. Min is still on his ceaseless journey searching for the way of his art as a painter of Korean painting and for the identity of Korean painting, asking Nature the Way.