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The opening of the exhibition of contemporary artist from South Korea Lee Kwang-Ha – love Story – in the marble Palace

The opening ceremony was held on 1 September 2010 at 16 hours in the marble Palace (Milionnaya str., 5/1). At the personal exhibition of the contemporary artist from South Korea Lee Kwang-Ha presents about 60 paintings and drawings, executed from the late 1970s to 2010.

Lee Kwang-Ha was born in 1942 in Matin (Korea). In 1961 he enrolled in the architecture faculty of the University khonik in Seoul and in 1965, graduated from ospesca it. Still a student, the artist began to participate in numerous art exhibitions in Korea, Japan, China, France, the USA and other countries. Lee Kwang-Ha is the laureate of many art competitions, and in 2006 received the title of honorary artist of the National society of fine arts in Paris. Exhibition in the Russian Museum – his first exhibition in Russia and the fifteenth personal exhibition.

The work of Lee Kwang-Ha is based on the combination of two traditions of geometric abstraction and classical Korean art. Abstraction defines the compositional solution of the painting, forms the structure on which the artist “threads” narrative elements. In creating “love story” Lee Kwang-Ha often uses recognizable symbols of traditional Korean art — crane mountain, Lotus flower and bamboo. Most often occurs in the paintings of the image of Mandarin ducks is the most famous in the far East a symbol of love. These birds choose a partner for life. If one of the Mandarin ducks dies, the other dies from grief. The image ducks-nerazluchno, which appeared in Chinese literature and widespread in Korea, is the literal embodiment of “love story”.

Of particular note is the ability of the artist to use color and texture. Already in the early “love story”, written in 1979, which is also represented in the exhibition, abstract composition echoes traditional Korean ceramics of the Koryo era. Pale bluish-green hue of the paintings of Lee Kwang-Ha is reminiscent of “the color of the Kingfisher,” characteristic of ceramic vessels covered with glaze. Texture painting says, on the one hand, the effect of pictorial discoveries, starting with the Russian avant-garde up to abstract expressionism, and on the other – about traditional Korean ceramics embossed molding and stamping.

Thus, in the name of Lee Kwang-Ha is more than just a story about love. Behind it is the “love story” of the artist, for which the pair have become inseparable of Western and Eastern traditions and who cannot live without the influence of Oriental ornaments, symbols, hieroglyphic writing, and at the same time, subdues the picturesque composition of the plastic to the principles of modernism.

Lee Kwang-Ha boldly combines what only recently seemed incompatible: traditional culture and abstraction, which arose as a negation of tradition. Surprisingly, the author seamlessly carries out this task, keeping the lyricism of the images, which allows him to create a unique emotional atmosphere.

About his works the artist Lee Kwang-Ha says: “the Cycle of my works “love Story” talks about peace and love as the source from which grows the history of life and its endless changes.”

In the paintings the artist combines geometric abstraction and classical Korean art. On the one hand, this influence of Oriental elements, recognizable symbols (crane, Lotus, bamboo), ornaments, hieroglyphic writing, and on the other hand, the subordination of the pictorial composition of the plastic to the principles of modernism.

Lee Kwang-Ha is the laureate of many artistic prizes, and Honorary artist of the National society of fine arts (Paris). His exhibitions were held in Korea, Japan, China, France, the USA and other countries.

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