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Interstices

A Special Presentation of Contemporary Art by Helena Parada Kim

Dezember 15, 2023 to April 7, 2024

The Museum for East Asian Art Cologne is delighted to show contemporary works by Helena Parada Kim. The Cologne-born artist of Korean-Spanish origins studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf as master student under British painter Peter Doig. While the pronounced naturalism in Parada Kim's paintings is clearly indebted to traditions of the European Old Masters, her pictorial motifs draw from diverse image traditions and visual and material cultures specific to East Asia, in particular Korea. Through select exhibits, the special presentation highlights relevant subject areas in three exhibition rooms accordingly: plants and nature depictions; traditional costumes and textiles; rituals and cultures of dining.

Parada Kim's oeuvre references classical East Asian picture formats such as hanging scrolls and folding screens, and likewise expands these. Her particular artistic dealing with forms and functions of the traditional Korean hanbok, for example, focuses clothing and robes as meaningful image carriers themselves. At the heart of the special presentation lies a commissioned painting created after a Joseon-period wedding garment (hwarot) now in the museum collection, which she realized specially for the exhibition. In addition, poetic “interstitial texts” on individual exhibits by the Berlin poet Anna Hetzer intermittently enrich the exhibition.

With its title “Interstices,” the special presentation positions Parada Kim as a relevant representative of a younger generation of artists operating, significantly, “between cultures” – between different, culture-specific pictorial traditions, art terms, technical approaches, stylistic influences. The exhibits testify to a personal inquiry into the familial connections to Korean culture and the past, reflecting questions and phenomena of the cultural and artistic negotiation of subjective and collective identity: the relationship between art and nature; human being and living environment; role models and social ideals; homeliness and alterity. Its eponymous “Interstices” thus seek to open up the museum exhibition across cultures and categories, as a Third Space and Third Place for dialogue and exchange – for seeing and thinking, for contemplating and questioning – in critical and creative way.

The special presentation of the Berlin-based artist, whose work has been exhibited, among others, in Seoul, Madrid, Paris, Oslo, and Berlin, is undertaken with the support of the Cologne art gallery CHOI&CHOI.

With special thanks to the private lenders

Supported by

Fördererkreis des Museums für Ostasiatische Kunst Köln

Orientstiftung zur Förderung der Ostasiatischen Kunst

CHOI&CHOI Galerie

Photo credit © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

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Ostasiatische Kunst Köln
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Opening times

Tuesday to Sunday
11am – 5pm
Every first Thursday in the month
11am – 10pm 

Closed Mondays; open on All Saints' Day
Museum is closed on December 24th, Christmas Day (25 Dec), New Year's Eve (31 Dec) and New Year's Day (1 Jan). Museum is opend on Easter Monday, Whit Monday, German Unity Day and December 26.
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Admission prices

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from 20 June
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KölnTag on the first Thursday of the month (except public holidays): free admission to the Museum for all Cologne residents.
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How to get here

Public transport: Tram routes 1 and 7 and bus route 142, alight at ‘Universitätsstrasse’
There is a car park at the museum
more

Barrier-free

The museum is barrier-free. Disabled toilet available.
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Museum für
Ostasiatische Kunst Köln
Universitätsstrasse 100
D 50674 Köln
Ticket office +49.221.221-28617
mok@museenkoeln.de
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