Lee Kang-So

Korean, b. 1943

Lee Kang-So
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Born in 1943 in Daegu and studied painting at the Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. Lee mainly created performance-based works in the 1970s and during the 1980s he shifted his focus to media including painting, pottery, and photography. His oeuvre encompasses such a diversity of genres however painting always has been his interest. That is because he believes painting expresses his thoughts most sensitively and delicately. Endless cultivation and training conveys his spirit precisely in the interactions between body and brush, paint and canvas. He believes that a bright and clear spirit can somehow be attained on some level.  

Selected exhibitions


Becoming, Palazzo Caboto, Venice


Beyond Line, The Art of Korean Writing, LACMA, Los Angeles Awakenings

Art in Society in Asia 1960s-1990s, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Gwacheon, Korea, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT), Tokyo, Japan, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore


Disappearance, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

Becoming 生成, Wooson Gallery, Daegu, Korea  


Contemporary Art Dictionary, 7 Keywords, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Wanju, Korea

Renegades in Resistance and Challenge, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea



Wooson Gallery, Daegu


Rhythm in Monochrome: Korean Abstract Painting, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan  

Contemplative Space, Artist Note, Whanki Museum, Seoul, Korea

Rehearsals from the Korean Avant-Garde Performance Archive, Korean Cultural Centre, London, UK

Water That Remembers All, Kim Tschang-Yeul Art Museum, Jeju, Korea



Lee Kang-So, Musée d’Art moderne et Contemporain de Saint-Etienne Métropole, Saint-Etienne, France 

Dansaekhwa, l’aventure du monochrome en Corée, des années 70 à nos jours,Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Bignan, France 

KM 9346: Korea-Morbihan 9,346km, Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Bignan, France  

As the Moon Waxes and Wanes, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Gwacheon, Korea

Busan Biennale 2016 Project 1: an/other avant-garde china-japan-korea, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea

Korea Tomorrow 2016: OUT + STANDING, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea



Space of Shadow, Wooson Gallery, Daegu, Korea

Lee Kang-So, Haeden Museum of Art, Gangwha, Incheon, Korea

Finding Enlightenment in Everyday Life, Ilwoo Space, Seoul, Korea


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

Korean Painting, Beyond the Borders, Cultural Station 284, Seoul, Korea

Taehwa River Eco Art Festival, Beyond Walled Enclosure, Taehwa River Grand Park, Ulsan, Korea

Beyond Materiality, Pursuing The Realm of Vacancy, Eye and Mind of Korean Contemporary Art 1, Gana Art Center, Seoul, Korea

Again 1970’S Daegu, S-Space, Seoul, Korea

Korean Modern & Contemporary Art, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea

Untitled, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea



Korean Beauty : Two Kinds of Nature, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

Between the Lines : Korean Contemporary Art since 1970, Arario Gallery, Cheonan, Korea

Video Artists 1978 : Kim Young-Jin, Park Hyun-Ki, Lee Kang-So, Choi Byung-So, Bongsan Cultural Center, Daegu, Korea

Time of Resonance, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju, Korea


At the Nexus of Painting and Writing, by Written Art Foundation, Germany, Seoul Calligraphy Museum, Seoul Art Center, seoul, Korea

Writing Becomes Painting, POSCO Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

Hommage a Whanki, Whanki Museum, Seoul, Korea

Quac In-Sik, Lee Kang-So, Lee U-Fan, Paik Nam-June, Gallery Ars’s, Daegu, Korea

New Acquisition 2009, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

New Start 2013, MoA Museum of Art, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

70’ Renaissance, Eve Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Daegu Contemporary Art Festival, Daegu Foundation for Culture, Daegu, Korea


Lee Kang-So, Gallery Shilla, Daegu, Korea 


A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance, Tate Modern, London, UK

Thought in Korean Modernism Art- Kim Whan-Ki, Rhee Seung-Ja, Kim Tschang-Yeul, Youn Myeung-Ro, Lee U-Fan, Kim Chong- Hak, Shim Moon-Seup, Lee Kang-So, POMA Pohang Museum of Steel Art, Pohang, Korea

Dansaekhwa : Korean Monochrome Painting, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

Korean Painting Now, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taiwan

The Calligraphic Art, Exhibition by Written Art Foundation, Germany, Ulpa Space, Seoul, Korea

Riverside Rhapsody : 2012 Daegu Contemporary Art Festival of Gang-Jeong, Gang-Jeong Riverside, Daegu, Korea

Lee In-Sung Art Award Winners Special Exhibition, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea



Opening Exhibition I Emptiness, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea

Natural, PKM Trinity Gallery, Seoul, Korea


Tell me Tell me , Australian and Korean Art 1976-2011, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

Qu is Full, Daegu Art Museum Opening Exhibition, Daegu Art Museum, Korea

Masterpieces’ Exhibition in Autumn, Collections in the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Jeonju, Korea

Lee Hwa-Ik Gallery 10th Anniversary, Lee Hwa-Ik Gallery, Seoul, Korea



Lee Kang-So, JOY ART Gallery, Beijing, China


Korean Historical Conceptual Art from the 1970-80s, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Gyeonggi, Korea

Quac In-Sik, Lee U-Fan, Lee Kang-So, Gonggan PURPLE, Heiri Art Vally, Korea

OFF the WALL -Architectural Ceramics, on the Border, Clayarch Gimhae Museum, Gimhae, Korea

Korean Avant-Garde Drawing 1970-2000, SOMA Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

Soul of Line, Lee Ungno Museum, Daejeon, Korea

Korea, Korean Art, Andong Culture & Art Center, Andong, Korea

The Power of Korean Art, Gong Art Space, Seoul, Korea

In the Midst of the Korean Contemporary Art, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea



Lee Kang-So 1989-2009, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea


Lee Kang-So, Gonggan Purple, Paju, Korea

Lee Kang-So, Gallery 604, Busan, Korea

New Acquisition 2009, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

8 Korean Contemporary Artists, Gallery Parkyoung, PaJoo, Korea

Spirit of Korea, Alliance Française, Victoria City, Sheisell

Jean Art Gallery 37th Anniversary, Jean Art Center, Seoul, Korea

Spectrum, Rhythm, Shape, Communion, Sejong Center, Seoul, Korea

Dream in a Wood – Photography, Dream Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Daegu Art Fair, Gallery Hyundai, Daegu Exco., Daegu, Korea