Horizons presents striking work by internationally renowned contemporary artists from China, Korea and Japan, at the interface between Far Eastern and Western art. The show encompasses work by Leiko Ikemura, Qiu Shihua, Evelyn Taocheng Wang, Kimsooja and Yu Duan.
The artists selected are from the three East Asian countries represented at MOK: China, Korea and Japan. They draw on a tradition spanning centuries that forms part of their identity. In that spirit, the exhibition presents various pieces of ancient art from the museum’s holdings as a counterpoint to their works. The influence of Western art on China, Korea and Japan has by no means eliminated tradition, instead challenging it to develop and evolve along new lines in the course of globalisation. Transcending the bounds of their cultural origins, the artists cited above have created works that resonate with concepts from modern Western art.
The practices presented in the exhibition testify to the vitality and creative independence of East Asian art. Constantly drawing anew from its rich tradition, the artists conjure up impressive inventions, rediscoveries and reinterpretations. Contemporary East Asian art plays an increasingly important role internationally.
Artists: Yu Duan, Leiko Ikemura, Kimsooja, Qiu Shihua, Evelyn Taocheng Wang.
The museum would like to thank Galerie Karsten Greve and Galerie Kewenig, which have contributed significantly to the realization of the exhibition thanks to their loans.
Förderkreis des Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst Köln
Orientstiftung zur Förderung der ostasiatischen Kunst
Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst Köln