Kim Tschang Yeul

Korean, b. 1929

Kim Tschang Yeul
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Kim Tschang-Yeul is one of the greatest living Korean painters who contribute to the establishment of contemporary Korean art on the international scene. In the 1970s, Kim settled in Paris and started to nurture a unique motif, the water drops. The water drops have been his focus over a period of 40 years and intimately connected to his life.

He stated, “The process of painting the water drops is to filter, to dissolve all the impurities out of them and return them to a clear state of nothing. When all the rage, anxiety, and fear come to the moment of nothing, we reach a state of peace and comfort."

Selected exhibitions


Almine Rech Gallery, Shanghai, China



'Abstraction(s)', Song Art Museum, Beijing, China



Almine Rech Gallery, New York

'Recurrence", Kim Tschang-Yeul Art Museum, Jeju, Korea

'Kim Tschang-Yeul, L'evenement de la nuit', Chapelle du Mejan, Arles, France


Ways of Seeing, The New York University Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates



A Communion of Beads, Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong, China

Traces of Beads, Metaphysical Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan



Artistes coreens en France, Musee Cernuschi, Paris, France



MMCA Collection Highlights, Untitled, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea


Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea

Kongkan Gallery, Busan, Korea



Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Jeju, Korea



National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan



Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea



Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea

PYO Gallery, Seoul, Korea