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Chun Kyung-ja, Eternal Narcissist
Chun Kyung-ja, Eternal Narcissist
- Permanent exhibition
- Seoul Museum of Art 2F Chun Kyung-ja Gallery
- Tue-Fri 10:00 ~ 20:00, Sat, Sun, Holidays 10:00 ~ 18:00
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Genre of exhibition and the number of artwork:
Korean Painting, Drawings / around 30
Attending artists:
Chun Kyung-ja
Chun Kyung-ja, Eternal Narcissist

“I want my paintings to not scatter and remain wholly with the citizens for ever.”

In 1998, one of Korea's most renowned painters of the 20th century, Chun Kyung-ja (1924 - Current), donated to the Seoul Museum of Art a collection of 93 works she had painted over a period of about 60 years from the 1940s to the 1990s. She wanted to make her works accessible to the wider public and future generations.

Organized to present the unique world created by an artist who devoted her whole life to the development of Korean Painting and to commemorate the donor's noble intention, the Chun Kyung-ja permanent exhibition titled, Chun Kyung-ja, Eternal Narcissist, brings together a collection of 30 paintings that have not been displayed in public in recent years.

The exhibition presents an allegory of the art world created by Chun, who reflects her own life in her paintings - the joys and sorrows caused by her dreams, loves, and fantasies. She once said that her paintings "are my alter ego whether they depict a human being, a beast or a plant." For her, painting is the mirror that reflects her own self-identity.

The exhibition is designed to approach Chun's autobiographical paintings from the self-reflective viewpoint and thus divides the exhibition into four sections: “The Story of My Sorrowful Legend,” “A Fantasy Drama,” “Drawings,” and “A Woman of Freedom.”

This newly organized exhibition is expected to re-commemorate the meaning of the donor's noble intent. The Chun Kyung-ja permanent exhibition will continue to evolve through various developments in multiple perspectives and hopefully will gain the audience’s steady support.