This is Julian Opie’s first museum exhibition in Korea and brings together over 80 works, many of which were made especially for Suwon IPark Museum of Art and are being shown for the first time. Spread over five galleries and extending out into the public areas of the museum - including its facade - the exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, films and temporary large-scale installations representing urban and rural sights, sounds and environments as well as the people to be found there.
Always exploring different techniques both cutting edge and ancient, Opie plays with ways of seeing through reinterpreting the vocabulary of everyday life; his reductive style evoking both a visual and spatial experience of the world around us.
Julian Opie Solo Exhibition
- Date: Thursday 28 September 2017 – Sunday 21 January 2018
- Opening hours: 10.00–19.00 (Mar–Oct) / 10.00–18.00 (Nov–Feb)
※ Admission is available until one hour before closing.
- Venue: Suwon Ipark Museum of Art(SIMA), Gallery 1, 2, 4, 5
- Admission: 4,000 KRW
London-born artist, Julian Opie is one of the leading figures in contemporary art. Through numerous exhibitions and public commissions from Seoul to New York, Luxembourg to Zurich, Opie’s distinctive formal language is instantly recognisable and reflects his artistic preoccupation with the idea of representation, and the means by which images are perceived and understood. Major solo museum exhibitions include Fosun Foundation, Shanghai (2017), Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland (2015); Museum of Contemporary Art Krakow (MoCAK), Poland (2014); MAK, Vienna, Austria (2008) and Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland (1991).
Over the past decade he has consistently pursued painting with a pared down, graphic style. Taking influence from classical portraiture, Egyptian hieroglyphs and Japanese woodblock prints, as well as public signage, information boards and traffic signs, the artist connects the clean visual language of modern life, with the fundamentals of art history. Opie’s use of computer aided design has seen him move easily between the fields of contemporary art and a variety of collaborative projects including a set design for Wayne McGregor's ballet INFRA for The Royal Opera House, London (2008); the cover for British band Blur’s The Best Of album (2000), and an LED projection for U2’s Vertigo world tour (2006).
Suwon Ipark Museum of Art (SIMA)
Suwon Ipark Museum of Art opened on 8 October 2015 and is a major new cultural space for citizens of Suwon city. Acting as a platform for contemporary and traditional culture and arts, the museum hopes to broaden the horizons of the local art scene and allow the public to appreciate and engage in a wide variety of arts from Korea and around the world. Suwon Ipark Museum of Art will introduce internationally established artists to the people of Suwon, as well as connecting with a global audience and sharing creativity through exhibition, collection, education, local art research and cultural events.