Nam Kwan (1911-1990)

Nam Kuan

Born in Kyungbuk, South Korea in 1911, he studied in the Tokyo University of the Arts in the 30s. Fascinated by the artists such as Soulages, Manessier, Poliakoff and Picasso, he decided to leave for Paris in 1954 where he enrolled into l’Académie de la Grande Chaumière. Starting from 1958, he took part in Salon de Mai. Ever since the 50s, he was influenced by lyrical abstraction and became one of the pioneers of Korean abstract art while remained faithful to his cultural and artistic roots. His dreamy and timeless universe, at the boundary between the East and the West, is composed of symbols, hierarchy and writings.

Expositions personnelles (sélection)

2003 Gonggan Gallery, Busan, Korea
1991 National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
1984 Galerie Kutter, Luxemburg
1981 Retrospective Exhibition, the National Museum of Modern Art, Seoul
1979 Galerie Mensch, Hamburg, Germany
1975 Galerie l’ Angle Aigu, Brussels, Belgium
1974 New World Museum, USA
1972 Contemporary Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1967 Galerie Gavriel, Mannheim, Germany
1964 Galerie Transposition, Paris
1963 Galerie Ernst Horn, Luxembourg

Group collections

1985
1990
Art Exhibition in Seoul, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
1984 The International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC), Paris
1981 The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, USA
1972 The Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
1968 National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
1967 São Paulo Biennial, Brazil
1967 Museum of Fine Arts, Dijon
1966 Biennial de Menton, France
1965 National Museum of Modern Art in Paris, Paris
1965
1967
Exhibition of new realities, Paris
1958
1959
1961
1964
1966
1979
May Fair, Paris.
1958 “The devices of modern Korean painting”, World House Galleries, New York, USA
1956 “Visual art of International Contemporary Art”, National Museum of Modern Art in Paris

Major exhibitions

Paris modern art museum
National Museum of Korea in Seoul