Park Seo-Bo (b. 1931)
ⓒ Park Seo-Bo
Photo: CHOI HANG YOUNG
Image provided by Kukje Gallery

Park Seo-Bo’s body of work reflects over five decades of exploring the role of an artist as a channel through which energy manifests itself in form. With repetitive gestures, Park intensifies spiritual and transcendental aspects embodied within his work. Characterized by simplicity and dynamism, his works eventually aim to lead to an action that empties and cultivates one’s mind through a deep meditation. One of the most influential artists in modern Korean art history, Park uses traditional Korean paper and employs simple but dramatic gestures that allude to a rudimentary language that reflects a uniquely Korean spirituality. This profound belief in the artist’s ability to merge with the medium reflects Park’s practice of illustrating the patterns of energy that make up the consciousness, evoking what he refers to as “body rhythm.” Another key significance to his work is that it inherently possesses an energy informed by Park's outlook on nature and physical gestures, formed by the amalgamation of the medium and consciousness. As clearly seen in his Ecriture series, Park Seo-Bo has laid the groundwork for Dansaekhwa by ceaselessly merging both his inner and outer presence on his canvases.
Park served as the Chief Director of the Korean Fine Arts Association and the Director of the College of Fine Arts at Hongik University. He has been featured in multiple solo exhibitions in renowned institutions such as the Daejeon Museum of Art (2015), Daegu Art Museum (2012), Busan Museum of Art (2010), Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne Métropole (2006-2007), and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon (1991). He has also been widely exhibited in group exhibitions including Korea: Five Artists, Five Hinsek ‘White’ at Tokyo Gallery (2018), a restaging of an exhibition of the same title from 43 years ago, When Process becomes Form: Dansaekhwa and Korean Abstraction in collaboration with the Boghossian Foundation, Brussels (2016), Dansaekhwa, an official Collateral Event in the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), Dansaekhwa: Korean Monochrome Painting at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon (2012), Working with Nature: Traditional Thought in Contemporary Art from Korea at Tate Liverpool (1992), the 13th Bienal de São Paulo (1975), the 8th Bienal de São Paulo (1965), and the 3rd Biennale de Paris (1963). His works are housed in major collections in Asia including the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, and Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.

박서보의 작품에는 반세기 동안 정련된 작가의 사명감이 담겨있다. 그는 반복적인 행위를 통해 정신적이며 초월적인 상태를 작품에 심화시키는데, 궁극적으로는 명상을 통한 수행의 행위를 지향한다. 전통한지를 이용하여 소박하지만 역동적인 예술세계를 추구하고 한국의 정신성을 반영한다. 매체와 의식의 결합으로 형성된 자연관과 몸의 움직임으로 대변되는 에너지가 녹아 있다는 점도 중요한 의의다. 이러한 작가의 작품 세계는 특히 <묘법(描法)> 연작에서 극명하게 나타나는데, 캔버스에 작가 자신의 내외부적 정신을 쉼 없이 흡인시키는 작업의 실천적 방식이 단색화 운동에 지반을 다졌다고 평가 받고 있다.
박서보는 한국미술협회 이사장, 홍익대학교 미술대학 학장을 역임하고 현재 명예교수로 남았다. 2015년 대전시립미술관, 2012년 대구미술관, 2010년 부산시립미술관, 2006년 프랑스 생테티엔 메트로폴 현대미술관, 1991년 국립현대미술관 등 유수의 기관에서 다수의 개인전을 가졌다. 특히 2018년 일본 동경화랑에서 43년만에 재연된 《한국 5인의 작가 다섯 가지의 흰색》전, 벨기에 보고시안 재단에서 연 《과정이 형태가 될 때: 단색화와 한국 추상미술》 특별전, 2015년 제56회 베니스 비엔날레의 병행전시로 열린 《단색화》전, 2012년 국립현대미술관 《한국의 단색화》전, 1992년 테이트 리버풀 갤러리의 《Working with Nature: Traditional Thought in Contemporary Art form Korea》, 1975년 제13회 상파울루 비엔날레, 1965년 제8회 상파울루 비엔날레, 1963년 제3회 파리비엔날레에 참여했다. 박서보의 작품은 국립현대미술관과 도쿄 현대미술관을 포함한 아시아 전역의 주요 미술관에 소장되었다.

BIOGRAPHY

1931
Born in Yé-Cheon, Gyeong-Buk, Korea


EDUCATION
1954
Graduated, Painting Dept. of Hong-Ik University, Seoul

2000
Honorary Doctoral Degree, Hong-Ik University, Seoul

1994
Founded Seo-Bo Art and Cultural Foundation, Seoul


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019
Johyun Gallery, Busan
Langen Foundation, Neuss
Ecriture, Galerie Perrotin, Paris
The Untiring Endeavorer, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

2018
Park Seo-Bo Ecriture 1967-1976, White Cube, Hong Kong 
Ecriture, Galerie Perrotin, New York
Pursuit of Inner Self, Art Issue Projects, Taipei

2017
ZIGZAG: Ecriture 1983-1992, White Cube Gallery, London
 
2016
White Cube Gallery, London
Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong
Empty the Mind: The Art of Park Seo-Bo, Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo
Tina Kim Gallery, New York
 
2015
Galerie Perrotin, New York
Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon
Johyun Gallery, Busan

2014
Galerie Perrotin, Paris

2012
Daegu Art Museum, Daegu

2010-2011
Kukje Gallery, Seoul
Park, Seo-Bo, a Forerunner of Korean Avant-garde: Record His 60 years, Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, Busan
Johyun Gallery, Busan

2010
ART TAIPEPI 2010, Wellside Gallery(Booth NO.43), Taipei

2008
Empty the mind, Gallery ARARIO, New York
Empty the mind, Wellside Gallery, Shanghai

2007
PARK, SEO-BO Today Playing with Color, Gyeonggido Museum of Art, Ansan
Gallery ARARIO BEIJING, Beijing

2006
Cabinet des Dessins, Musée D ‘art Moderne, Saint-Etienne Métropole, Saint-Etienne

2002
REMBA Gallery, Los Angeles

1997
Ace Gallery, Los angeles

1996
BASEL ART FAIR, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Musée Basel, Basel
FIAC ’96, Jo Hyun Gallery, Espace Eiffel Branly, Paris

1991
PARK, SEO-BO’s Painting: Its Forty Years, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

1981
Hyundai Gallery, Seoul

1978
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo

1973
Muramatsu Gallery, Tokyo

1962
National Central Libarary Gallery, Seoul


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITONS
2020
Art Plant Asia 2020: Hare Way Object, Deoksugung Palace, Seoul
The Eastern Gesture: Five Voices from the Korean Avant-garde, Dep Art Gallery, Milan
Mindfulness, piknic, Seoul

2019
Marking Time: Process in Minimal Abstraction, Guggenheim Museum, New York
Landlord Colors: On Art, Economy, and Materiality, Cranbrook Art Museum, Michigan, US
Drawing - Korean Modern and Contemporary Drawings, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2018
Korean Abstract Art: Kim Whanki and Dansaekhwa, Powerlong Museum, Shanghai, China
Five Korean Artists, Five Kinds of White, Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo

2017
Arts of Korea, Brooklyn Museum, New York
Korean Dansaekhwa, Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art, St.Peterburg
Rhythm in Monochrome: Korean Abstract Painting, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Looking into Korean Art II: Dansaekhwa, Museum San, Wonju

2016
New Beginnings: Between Gesture and Geometry, The George Economou Collection, Athens
Dansaekhwa and Minimalism, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, New York
When Process Becomes Form: Dansaekhwa and Korean Abstraction, Villa Empain, Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, Belgium
Dansaekhwa: The Adventure of Korean Monochrome from 70s to today, Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Bignan

2015                   
Dansaekhwa, Palazzo Contarini-Polignac, Venice
Avant Garde Asia: Lines of Korean Masters, Sotheby’s S|2 Gallery, Hong Kong
 
2014
The Art of Dansaekhwa, Kukje Gallery, Seoul
From All Sides: Tansaekhwa on Abstraction, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles

2012
Daegue Art Museum, Daegue

2010-11
Soul of Line, Ungno Lee Museum of Art, Daejeon
 
2010
FIAC 2010, Kukje Gallery, Grand Palais & Louvre, Paris
Special Planned Exhibition Clayarch Gimhae Museum 2010 ‘OFF THE WALL’ Clayarch Gimhae Museum, Gimhae
The Opening Exhibition of Seongbuk Museum of Art ‘The PRESENCE’, Seongbuk Museum of Art, Seoul
ART HK 2010 (Hong Kong International Art Fair), Keumsan Gallery
(Booth No.04), Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Hong Kong
CLOUD-Power of Asian Contemporary Art, Soka Art Center, Beijing
2010 IN THE MIDST OF THE KOREAN CONTEMPORARY ART, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul
 
2009
Beginning of New Era, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
MIXOGRAFIA- Innovation and Collaboration-, the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts, Portland Museum, Oregon
The Color of Nature- Monochrome Art in Korea-, Wellside Gallery, Shanghai
Kim Tschang-Yeul + Park Seo-Bo + Lee Ufan, Johyun Gallery, Busan
 
2008-09
Transcendence : Modernity and Beyond in Korean Art, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
 
2008
SIPA 2008 (Seoul International Print Photo Art Fair 2008), Wellside Gallery, Hangaram Art Museum of Seoul Arts Center, Seoul
Busan Biennale 2008 - Leaders of Asia’s Contemporary Art, Busan
Korean Abstract Art: 1958-2008, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
 
2007
Urban Crossroads-New York, Paris, Seoul-, Belgrade Cultural Centre, Belgrade
Poetry in Motion, Galerie BEYELER, Basel
A Table of Korean Contemporary Art, Leeahn Gallery, Daegu
Elastic Taboos-Within the Korean World of Contemporary Art-, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
 
2006
Exhibition ‘PARK, SEO-BO & LEE KANG SO; WORKING WITH NATURE (Tate Gallery Liverpool)- 14 years later’, Gallery Samtuh, Seoul
SIPA 2006 (Seoul International Print, Photo & Edition Works Art Fair), Korea Print Art Promotion Committee, Hangaram Art Museum of Seoul Arts Center, Seoul
ART SINGAPORE 2006, Lee Hwaik Gallery, Suntec Singapore Level 6 Hall, Singapore
Established Statues, Gallery SP, Seoul
MELBOURNE ART FAIR 2006, Gallery Samtuh, Melbourne
ART CHICAGO 2006 at Navy Pier, UM Gallery, Chicago
ART FAIR BOLOGNA, Galerie Dorothea Van Der Koelen Mainz, Bologna Exhibition Center, Bologna Italy
 
2005
TRADITION UND ZEITGEIST – Koreanische Gegenwarts Kunst -, Galerie Hellhof & Galerie Hana, Kronberg, Germany
SHANGHAI ART FAIR 2005, KOREAN SPECIAL EXHIBITION –Park, Seo-Bo/ Chung, Chang-Sup/ Yun, Hyong-Keun-, Shanghai Mart, Shanghai
Art Cologne Now, Galerie Dorothea Van der Koelen Mainz (Halle 9 1, Stand C-011), Koln
Das Koreanische Monochrom –Park, Seo-Bo/ Lee Ufan/ Kim, Guirin/ Yun, Hyong-Keun-, Galerie Dorothea Van der Koelen Mainz, Mainz
Art & Issue – China-Korea Art Exchange Exhibition -, Soka Contemporary Space, Beijing
SEOUL ART FAIR 2005, Gallery Samtuh & Jean Art Gallery & Gallery Sejul, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul
Contemporary Art of Korea, Busan Museum of Modern Art, Busan
Exhibition of Park, Seo-Bo & Kim, Tschang-Yeul, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul
The 30th Anniversary Exhibition –from Modern to Contemporary-, Kongkan Gallery, Busan
KIAF 2005 (Korea International Art Fair), Gallery Samtuh, Coex/Indian Hall, Seoul
The 35th Anniversary Exhibition Part II- Modern & Contemporary Masters-, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul
ART TAIPEI 2005, Soka Art Center, Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall3, Taipei
ON Line + OFF Line, UM Gallery, Seoul
 
2004
The Art Festival for World Peace 2004, Liu Hai Su Art Museum, Shanghai
SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2004, Jean Art Gallery, Shanghai Mart Hall, Shanghai
MELBOURNE ART FAIR 2004, Gallery Samtuh, Melbourne
ART CHICAGO 2004 at Navy Pier, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Chicago
Monochrome Paintings of Korea, Past and Present, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
KIAF 2004 (Korea International Art Fair), Gallery Samtuh & Korea Art Gallery, Coex/Indian Hall, Seoul
The Special Show of the Most Distinguished Contemporary Artists in Korea, China
International Gallery Expositions, Beijing
China International Gallery Exposition, UM Gallery, China International Science and Technology Exposition Center, Beijing
 
2003
Traditional & Innovation, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul
SEOUL ART FAIR 2003, Gallery Samtuh, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul
ART COLOGNE 2003, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Koln
SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2003, Johyun Gallery, Shanghai Mart Hall, Shanghai
6th Triennale Mondiale D’Estampes Petit Format 2002, Chamalieres, France
FIAC 2003, Ci-Gong Gallery, Paris
KIAF 2003 (Korea International Art Fair), Gallery Samtuh & Johyun Gallery, Coex/Indian Hall, Seoul
ART CHICAGO 2003 at Navy Pier, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Chicago
ART 2003 (Daegu Art Expo 2003), Johyun Gallery & Gallery Shilla, EXCO, Daegu
Tradition & Innovation III-Koreanische Gegenwartskunst, Museum fur Ostasiatische Kunst, Berlin
White Spectrum - Joseon White Porcelain and Korean Contemporary Art -, Joseon Royal Kiln Museum, Gwangju
 
2002-3
Appreciation of Abstract Paintings, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul
Korean Contemporary Art from the 1970’s to mid-1980’s Age of Philosophy and Aesthetics, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
 
2002
KIAF 2002 (Korea International Art Fair), Johyun Gallery & Gallery Canji, Busan Convention Center, Busan
30th Anniversary of Jean Art Gallery-Korea-Japan Contemporary Art 2002-, Jean Art Gallery, Jean Art Center, Seoul
2002 ART COLOGNE 2002, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Koln
ART CHICAGO 2002 AT NAVY PIER, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Chicago
BASEL ART FAIR, Gallery Hyundai, Musee Basel, Basel
San Francisco International Art Exposition, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
The Unfinished Century: Legacies 20th Century Art, Organizers The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo The Yomiuri Shimbun, Tokyo
Visiting Artist-Maestro of Korean contemporary Art, Promoting Kumho Museum & Art Magazine Wolganmisool, Seoul
ART PALMBEACH, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Palmbeach
POST ART FAIR, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul
 
2001
ART COLOGNE 2001, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Koln
Korean Contemporary Art 1970-90, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul
A Shadow of Myo-Oh, Gallery art Sagan, Seoul
8th INTERNATIONAL WORK ON PAPER FAIR 2001, Gellery Samtuh, Sydney
Super PHAT, Cypress College Fine Art Gallery, Cypress
Korean Contemporary Art from mid-1960’s to mid-1970’s: A Decade of Transition and Dynamics, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
ART CHICAGO 2001 at Navy Pier, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Chicago
ART MIAMI 2001, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Miami
ART PALMBEACH 2001, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Palmbeach
 
2000
ART COLOGNE 2000, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Koln
12 Contemporary Artists 2000, Sun Gallery, Seoul
San Francisco International Art Exposition, Park Ryu Sook Gallery, San Francisco
Postwar Abstract Art in Korea and the West: Passion and Expression, Ho-Am Art Gallery, Seoul
MELBOURNE ART FAIR 2000, Jean Art Gallery, Melbourne
Figurative Non-Figurative, Gana Art Center, Seoul
What is so of itself, POSCO Art Museum, Seoul
An Aspect of Korean Contemporary Art, -in the 1950s to the 1960s-, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
The Special Exhibition of the Facet of Korean and Japan Contemporary Art at 'Man + Space’ Gwang Ju Biennale 2000, Gwang Ju
 
1999-75
ECOLE DE SEOUL, National Museum of contemporary Art & Kwan-Hoon Gallery, Seoul
 
1999
Korean Art of 50 Years: 1950-1999, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul
NICAF TOKYO ’99, Jean art Gallery & Galerie Bhak, Tokyo
Les Peintres Du SILENCE, Musee des Arts Asiatiques, Nice

1998
Les Peintres du SILENCE-La Corée d’ Aujourd’hui-, Musée Château des ducs de Wurtemberg, Montbèliard France.

1992
WORKING WITH NATURE-Traditional Thought in Contemporary Art from Korea-, Tate Gallery Liverpool, Liverpool England.

1989
REVOLUTION : FLASH-BACK, Paris Art Center, Paris.

1988
The 43rd La Biennale di Venezia, Venice

1978
Secondes Rencontres Internationles d’Art Contemporian, Galeries Nationales du Grand Paris, Paris

1977
Korea : Facet of Contemporary Art, Tokyo Central Museum of Art, Tokyo

1975
Korea : Five Artists Five Hinsek, White, Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo

1975,65
The 8th & 13rd Biennale de São Paulo, Brazil

1963
The 3rd Biennale de Paris, Paris
4 Young Korean Artists Exhibition, Galerie Lambert, Paris
 
1962
The First Saigon International Biennale Exhibition, Saigon Vietnam
 
1961
Jeunes Peintres du Monde a Paris(Held by National Committee of I.A.A. France), Paris
 
1960-57
The Hyun-Dae (Contemporary) Exhibition, Held by Hyun-Dae Artists Association, Seoul
 
1957
The Korean Contemporary Artists Exhibition, World House Gallery, New York
 


EXHIBITIONS

Korean Abstract Art: Kim Whanki and Dansaekhwa
Nov 8, 2018 - Mar 2, 2019

When Process becomes Form: Dansaekhwa and Korean abstraction
Feb 20, 2016 - Apr 24, 2016

Dansaekhwa, Collateral Event of the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
May 8, 2015 - Aug 15, 2015

The Art of Dansaekhwa
Aug 28, 2014 - Oct 19, 2014

Park, Seo-Bo
Nov 25, 2010 - Jan 20, 2011

ARTWORKS

Ecriture(描法) No.100915
2010
Mixed Media with Korean hanji Paper on Canvas
180 x 300 cm

Ecriture(描法) No.080206
2008
Mixed Media with Korean hanji Paper on Canvas
165 x 260 cm

Ecriture(描法) No.071208
2007
Mixed Media with Korean hanji Paper on Canvas
180 x 300 cm

Ecriture(描法) No.070616-3
2007
Litho Crayon, Pencil, Correction Fluid Pen
35.6 x 50.2 cm

Ecriture(描法) No.020524
2002
Mixed media with Korean hanji paper on canvas
180 x 260 cm

Ecriture(描法) No.890530-3
1989
Mixed media with Korean hanji paper on canvas
300.5 x 228 cm

Ecriture(描法) No.20 - 70
1970
Pencil + Oil on canvas
113 x 113 cm

Ecriture(描法)No. 71-74
1974
Pencil and Oil on Canvas.
193cm x 259cm

Ecriture(描法)No. 14-81
1981
Pencil and Oil on Hemp cloth.
182cm x 227cm

Park Seo-Bo (1931-)
Ecriture(描法)No. 14-79
1979
Pencil and Oil on Hemp cloth.
181.6cm x 259.5cm


VIDEOS

Installation Video
Opening l Korean Abstract Art: Kim Whanki and Dansaekhwa, Powerlong Museum

Artist Interview
Why Dansaekhwa - Collateral Event of the 56th Venice Biennale


PUBLICATIONS

DANSAEKHWA

THE ART OF DANSAEKHWA

Park, Seo-Bo


MEDIA COVERAGE

Exhibition: When Process becomes Form: Dansaekhwa and Korean abstraction

Exhibition: Dansaekhwa, Collateral Event of the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia

Exhibition: The Art of Dansaekhwa

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