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Performance Histories. Kim Ku Lim 김구림

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Performance Histories. Kim Ku Lim 김구림

DRAF Curators' Series #11. Institute of Asian Performance Art. By Victor Wang王宗孚

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This event is part of the SOAS School of Art Contemporary Arts Research Seminar Series and DRAF Curators' Series #11



Iconic Korean artist Kim Ku Lim discusses his work with art historian and curator Dr Charlotte Horlyck (Senior Lecturer in History of Korean Art, SOAS). The conversation addresses Kim Ku Lim’s practice over the last 40 years, specifically his prominent role in the development of performance art in Korea, through the Avant-Garde (A.G.) (established 1964) and The Fourth Group (established 1970), as well as his work with experimental film.


About Kim Ku Lim

Kim Ku Lim 김구림 (b. 1936, Sangju, South Korea) is a pioneer of performance art and the first artist in Korea to make experimental films such as The Meaning of 1/24 Second (1969). Known as Korea’s first avant-garde artist, he has worked in film, light, performance and land art, often stretching the limits of a given medium. In Korea, he held his first solo exhibition in 1958 at Daegu Information Center, and soon expanded his artistic practice beyond painting. For his artistic “deconstructions” he often used burned plastics, vinyl and metal bits alongside oil paint. He incorporated ready-made objects into his painted canvases, installations and staged performances. Kim played a leading part in several artist collectives (Painting 68, A.G. Group, The Fourth Group). He staged the nation’s first body painting performance and initiated the first Korean mail art Maeseu Midieo ui Yumul [The Relics of Mass Media] (1969).


About Dr Charlotte Horlyck

Dr Charlotte Horlyck is an art historian and curator based in London. She received her PhD from SOAS in 2006. She was appointed Lecturer in Korean Art History at SOAS in 2007 and has recently been promoted to Senior Lecturer. She has curated the Korean collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (1998-2004) and has published widely on Korean material culture, in particular on ceramics and metal wares of the Goryeo kingdom. More recently she has worked on modern and contemporary Korean art. Her monograph Korean Art – From the 19th Century to the Present(Reaktion Books) was published in September 2017.



Victor Wang 王宗孚 is an independent curator based in Shanghai and London, and the 11th DRAF guest curator. For more information see www.viktorwang.com.


DRAF Curators' Series (2009 – ongoing) supports independent curators by commissioning special research-based exhibitions. The Series presents diverse fields of knowledge, methodologies and practices. Each year, DRAF invites an individual, duo or organisation to curate an original exhibition.

Curators’ Series is supported by Arts Council England. Institute of Asian Performance Art is supported by Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Daiwa Foundation.


SOAS University of London is the only Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. Uniquely combining language scholarship, disciplinary expertise and regional focus, it has the largest concentration in Europe of academic staff concerned with Africa, Asia and the Middle East. For more information see www.soas.ac.uk.

The Contemporary Arts Research Seminar Series considers contemporary and modernist art traditions within local, regional and globalised circuits of production, distribution and consumption. Researchers and artists are invited to present at the seminar which is held a number of times in the academic year.






Image credit

Kim Ku Lim, Zen (), 1970 © Kim Ku Lim / Courtesy of the artist.

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