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Kim Chong Yung’s art is a collection of the beauty of simplicity, which served as an ideology and spirit of modern western and eastern art, and the truth system that connects physical and psychological world with his extraordinary experimental spirit. Accepting external features of western sculptures based on vitalism, Kim also gave reinterpretation from the oriental view of nature and reflected them in his works that translated the ‘structural beauty’ of calligraphy into cubes. Through the simple and repetitive forms in his works, a harmonious combination of minimalism and the oriental ‘beauty of non-sculpting’ is expressed.
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Drawings sketched with the purpose of designing sculptures are another precious artistic world introducing the art of Kim Chong Yung as they are more authentic and dynamic than the finished works. In particular, face drawings, including self-portraits, have significant artistic values as they vividly display simple yet sophisticated and professional sketching lines acquired through his early training in calligraphy. Approximately 3,000 pieces of drawings serve as trajectories of his lifelong works and have distinctive values as they express his view of art and life on behalf of his own words and deeds.
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Kim Chong Yung’s elegant and humanistic spirit towards life and art is rooted in the Chinese classics and calligraphy he learned from his early childhood. In calligraphy, he enjoyed writing Chuang-tzu’s Daejongsa, Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching, and quotes of Chusa Jeong-Hui Kim about Geumgangan (sharp and critical eyes for seeing art works). All of them reflects his fundamental philosophy in art as he pursued the state of Buddha’s complete freedom in which one feels no longer bounded by anything. His works on calligraphy, landscape in ink and wash paintings, and flower paintings that resemble the Four Gracious Plants are all grand pieces in the modern art history of the 20th century.
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