Désert plein, soif, sommeil, silence
Min Jung-Yeon
Centre Culturel Coréen
29.11.2022 > 11.03.2022

Presentation


The exhibition is part of a collaboration between the Centre Culturel Coréen, the MNAAG – Musée National des arts asiatiques – Guimet and the Galerie Maria Lund, initiated on the occasion of the Carte blanche offered to Min Jung-Yeon at the MNAAG in 2019-2020.

Min Jung-Yeon invites us to a dreamlike world which is nevertheless closely linked to our own. Her monumental and immersive installation Tissage (Weave), presented at the MNAAG in 2019-2020, dealt with memory and reconciliation in the symbolic form of a forest with unfathomable depths. Since then, her work has developed a new fluidity to evoke the perpetual movement of our reality. The free and uncontrolled gesture is intertwined with carefully drawn forms to awaken associations with the body, the landscape, the cosmos. Min Jung-Yeon’s fascination with contemporary science, including quantum physics, and traditional Asian philosophy combine here; it is a question of emptiness and fullness, of dark matter, of energy and temporality, but also of emotions.

The artist’s lived experience is interwoven with universality. Struggle is a recurring topic – that between elements of opposing natures and that of our emotions. With Désert plein – soif, sommeil, silence (Full desert – thirst, sleep, silence), Min Jung-Yeon summons a space of open perception where desire and thirst are need and drive, sleep is absence and presence, and silence one of the most intense states. The desert is full!

Min Jung-Yeon has a great mastery of drawing and painting and her current approach goes beyond a simple technical demonstration. Her expression effortlessly alternates between very meticulous drawing and more fluid, even abstract gestures.

The circuit of Désert plein – soif, sommeil, silence allows visitors to gradually enter into Min Jung-Yeon’s landscapes, until the last stage of the journey which culminates with the monumental and immersive installation Tissage which was created for the exhibition Carte blanche à Min Jung-Yeon, MNAAG – Guimet, 2019-2020. The title refers to Min Jung-Yeon’s desire for reconciliation through her work – a place where emotions and contradictory elements are expressed and battle it out between themselves. These contrasts can be found in the elements of the installation itself: organic birch trunks entangled with copper pipes and overlaid with white feathers, like the huge wings of birds. Feathers inspired by a shamanic rite of passage between worlds. Mirrors bring confusion and new visions which escape the artist’s control.

Ce qui reste

The exhibition is accompanied by a text by the art critic and curator Amélie Adamo. Here is an excerpt:

[…] Min Jung Yeon’s new works reflect a singular coherence and evolution in the artist’s production. Of course, they are part of the same attempt to reconcile and confront heterogeneous elements, at the boundary between reality and unreality. But they have shed a complex form of accumulation of shapes and colours to spawn towards something simpler, where emptiness and abstraction have taken a primordial place. Permanent control of the gesture and mental anticipation have given way to more lightness, abandon and chance. […]

Without a doubt, in these new landscapes, Min Jung Yeon is still talking about her interior worlds. But something within her has shifted. Formerly, through complexity, through saturation, there was the expression of a teeming interiority, speaking of many things at once. Now, the artist seems to have concentrated on capturing a single element, a single emotion. […]

Agenda


TALK

Conversation between Min Jung-Yeon and Amélie Adamo, critic and curator

Thursday  02.03.2023
7:30pm
Korean Cultural Center
20 rue de la Boétie, 75008 Paris

VISITS of the exhibition Désert plein, soif, sommeil, silence

with Min Jung-Yeon

Réservation before February 11th

Saturday, February 11th - 11:00pm
Saturday, February 11th - 2:30pm
Korean Cultural Center
20 rue de la Boétie, 75008 Paris

Press


Publications and texts


MEET | Min Jung-Yeon

for “carte blanche” to Min Jung-Yeon – MNAAG – Musée Guimet, Paris, 2019-2020


Min Jung-Yeon - Il faut passer par là - 2022

Mais le paysage est encore là
Min Jung-Yeon
27.01 > 18.03.2022

Presentation


An all time metaphor, Min Jung-Yeon’s landscapes evolve with her.
Her work took on a new fluidity and a powerful gesturality with the creation of her monumental installation Tissage, which was presented at the MNAAG – Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet in 2019-2020. An energy was released and now contributes its impetus, sometimes violent, sometimes like a gentle exhalation. The compositions, once entirely thought out, now go with the flow, closely coexisting with the thoroughness of which the artist is capable. Opposites and their struggles, recurring subjects in her work, have melted into an intimate embrace, if not a face-off.

In the past, round edges and angles clashed in dense compositions. Henceforth, the artist’s work conveys a more pacified sensation: the relationship between matter and void presents a new balance.
Min Jung-Yeon creates to better erase and recreate. Brush strokes, prints, fluid materials of diluted acrylic on canvas. In this process, fossilised times accumulate and overlap: Skeletons, rocks, visions and dreams appear in perspectives which are often strange. Amongst her landscapes, we find those of her childhood in the Korean countryside, those glimpsed or dreamed, or those anchored in her visual memory, including the imaginary landscapes of Ahn Gyeon, a great figure of fifteenth-century Korean art.

Reality is a dream, and dream becomes reality. The seasons pass, the emotions surge forth; lights and thoughts come and go. The intense hues, powerful contrasts and mirages of summer give way to autumn, and occasionally to nostalgia. The landscape is experienced from within, the sun becomes scarcer, spring is still only a promise. The memory we were looking for is lost, leaving behind only matter, colour, gesture… The eyes scrutinise, forms stand out and manifest themselves: cliffs, stalactites, stalagmites and suddenly a line, a drip, or a flat area of colour impose themselves. The works are presented to us in a frontal, almost scenic and horizontal way, but they also display a verticality, that of strata. Thus Min Jung-Yeon establishes a temporality: her own.

Agenda


OPENING

Thursday 26.01.2023
5pm > 8:30pm
Galerie Maria Lund

SUNDAY OPENINGS

Sunday 29.01.2023
2pm > 6pm
Galerie Maria Lund

SUNDAY OPENINGS

Sunday 26.02.2023
2pm > 6pm
Galerie Maria Lund

TALK

Conversation between Min Jung-Yeon and Amélie Adamo, critic and curator

Thursday  02.03.2023
7:30pm
Korean Cultural Center
20 rue de la Boétie, 75008 Paris

VISITS of the exhibition Désert plein, soif, sommeil, silence

with Min Jung-Yeon

Réservation before January 24th

Friday, January 27th - 4:45pm
Saturday, January 28th - 2:30pm
Korean Cultural Center
20 rue de la Boétie, 75008 Paris

Press


Publications and texts


MEET | Min Jung-Yeon

for “carte blanche” to Min Jung-Yeon – MNAAG – Musée Guimet, Paris, 2019-2020


Min Jung-Yeon - Passage de l'air

Min Jung-Yeon

difficile d'accepter la réalité

Min Jung-Yeon - Difficile d'accepter la réalité

Min Jung-Yeon

Difficile d'accepter la réalité

Encre de Chine et acrylique sur papier
40,4 x 32,5 cm
2020

Ref. K17165

Portfolio

Demande d'information sur l'œuvre :



    Min Jung-Yeon

    Difficile d'accepter la réalité

    Indian ink and acrylic on paper
    40,4 x 32,5 cm
    2020

    Ref. K17165

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      Min Jung-Yeon - Passage de l'air

      Min Jung-Yeon

      Passage de l'air

      Min Jung-Yeon - Passage de l'air

      Min Jung-Yeon

      Passage de l'air

      encre de Chine et crayon de couleur sur papier
      33,4 x 28,7 cm
      2020

      REF. K17197

      Portfolio

      Demande d'information sur l'œuvre :



        Min Jung-Yeon

        Passage de l'air

        Indian ink and colour pencil on paper
        33,4 x 28,7 cm
        2020

        REF. K17197

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          Min Jung-Yeon - Plage d'un poète

          Min Jung-Yeon

          Plage d'un poète

          Min Jung-Yeon - Plage d'un poète

          Min Jung-Yeon

          Plage d'un poète

          encre de Chine et acrylique sur papier
          36 x 25 cm
          2020

          REF. K17196

          Portfolio

          Demande d'information sur l'œuvre :



            Min Jung-Yeon

            Plage d'un poète

            Idian ink and acrylic on paper
            36 x 25 cm
            2020

            REF. K17196

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              Min Jung-Yeon - Mirage

              Min Jung-Yeon

              Mirage

              Min Jung-Yeon - Mirage

              Min Jung-Yeon

              Mirage

              encre de Chine et acrylique sur papier
              32,2 x 20,5 cm
              2020

              REF. K17195

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                Min Jung-Yeon

                Mirage

                Indian ink and acrylic on paper
                32,2 x 20,5 cm
                2020

                REF. K17195

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                  Min Jung-Yeon - La grotte

                  Min Jung-Yeon

                  La grotte

                  Min Jung-Yeon - La grotte

                  Min Jung-Yeon

                  La grotte

                  encre de Chine et acrylique sur papier
                  28 x 24,6 cm
                  2020

                  REF. K17194

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                    Min Jung-Yeon

                    La grotte

                    Indian ink and acrylic on paper
                    28 x 24,6 cm
                    2020

                    REF. K17194

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                      Min Jung-Yeon - Passage

                      Min Jung-Yeon

                      Passage

                      Min Jung-Yeon - Passage

                      Min Jung-Yeon

                      Passage

                      encre de chine, crayon de couleur, acrylique sur papier
                      51,2 x 48 cm
                      2020

                      REF. K17193

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                        Min Jung-Yeon

                        Passage

                        Indian ink, colour pencil and acrylic on paper
                        51,2 x 48 cm
                        2020

                        REF. K17193

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                          Min Jung-Yeon - Somewhere

                          Min Jung-Yeon

                          Somewhere

                          Min Jung-Yeon - Somewhere

                          Min Jung-Yeon

                          Somewhere

                          encre de chine, crayon de couleur et acrylique sur papier
                          40,6 x 53,8 cm
                          2020

                          REF. K17192

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                            Min Jung-Yeon

                            Somewhere

                            Indian ink, colour pencil and acrylic on paper
                            40,6 x 53,8 cm
                            2020

                            REF. K17192

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                              Min Jung-Yeon - Somewhere 3

                              Min Jung-Yeon

                              Somewhere 3

                              Min Jung-Yeon - Somewhere 3

                              Min Jung-Yeon

                              Somewhere 3

                              encre de Chine, crayon de couleur et acrylique sur papier
                              37,5 x 48,5 cm
                              2020

                              REF. K17191

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                                Min Jung-Yeon

                                Somewhere 3

                                Indian ink, colour pencil and acrylic on paper
                                37,5 x 48,5 cm
                                2020

                                REF. K17191

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