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Yoo Youngkuk
(Korean, 1916-2002)
 
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Yoo Youngkuk
(1916 - 2002)

Born in 1916, Uljin-gun, Korea

Education
1938     BFA in Oil Paintings Department at Bunka Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2018    
Yoo Youngkuk: Colors from Nature, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2017    
YOO YOUNGKUK, 100th Anniversary of Korean Modern Master, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea

2016     
100th Anniversary of Korean Modern Master: YOO YOUNGKUK 1916-2002, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

2011      
Yoo Youngkuk 10th Anniversary: The Pioneer of Korean Abstract Art, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

2005    
3rd Memorial Drawing Exhibition of Yoo Youngkuk, Gana Art Center, Seoul, Korea

2003    
YOO Youngkuk, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

2002    
Gana Art Center, Seoul, Korea

1998    
Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

1996    
Ho-Am Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1995    
Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

1983    
Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1982    
Space Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1980    
Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

1979    
Invitational Exhibition of Yoo Youngkuk, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung, Seoul, Korea

1977    
Jean Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1976    
Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1975    
Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

1970    
Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1968     
Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1966    
Central Information Center, Seoul, Korea

1964    
1st Solo exhibition, Korea Press Center, Seoul, Korea

Selected Group Exhibitions
2021
Encounters Between Korean Art and Literature in the Modern Age, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung, Seoul, Korea
Jamunbak Museum Project: Part I, Gana Art Centre, Seoul, Korea
DNA: Dynamic & Alive Korean Art, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) Deoksugung, Seoul, Korea
MMCA Lee Kun-hee Collection: Masterpieces of Korean Art, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
MMCA Collection Exhibition: Meaningful Moments in the History of Korean Art, Jeongeup Museum of Art, Jeongeup, Korea
The Special Exhibition on Lee Kun-hee Collection-Welcome Home: A Feast of Art, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea
Modern Life, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea

2019    
Drawing - Korean Modern and Contemporary Drawings, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
The Dream of Modernity: Planting a Flowering Tree, Buk-Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2018    
1900~1960s Modern Art from MMCA Collection, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea  
Digital Promenade, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Birth of The modern Art Museum Art and architecture of MMCA, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung, Seoul, Korea

2017    
Ode to Forgetting, SeMA Nam Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Art is Form, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
Korean Contemporary Art as Seen Through the National Exhibition of Korean Fine Art, Geumboseong Art Center, Seoul, Korea
Modern Art Association: Blossoming Avant-Garde Art, Moonshin Museum, Changwon, Korea
The Perspective of Abstract Painting, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea

2015     
Re appreciated: Korean and Japanese Modern Artists in the Korean Peninsula 1890s to 1960s, The Museum of Modern Art, Kanazawa, Japan
Commemorative Exhibition of the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
70th Anniversary of Liberation Special Exhibition of Korean Modern and Contemporary Art, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, Korea

2014    
Masters of Korean Art, Seoul Museum, Seoul, Korea
Korean Modern and Contemporary Abstract Art – Silent Resonance, Wooyang Museum of Contemporary Art, Gyeongju, Korea
Yesterday and Today, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung, Seoul, Korea

2013     
Masterpieces of Modern Korean Painting, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung, Seoul, Korea       
Deep & Wide, Seoul Museum, Seoul, Korea
Long Distance by Slow but Persistent Steps (牛步千里), Seoul Museum, Seoul, Korea
Kind Contemporary Art II: Abstract Art Is Alive, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
A Moment of Truth, Museum San, Wonju, Korea
Spring Wave, AK Gallery, Suwon, Korea
Contemporary Art in the Textbooks, Goyang Aram Nuri Arts Center, Goyang, Korea
60-70’s Korean Contemporary Painting, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

2012    
Natural scenes of Korea, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea
Abstract painting in yeongnam area, Pohang Museum of Steel Art, Pohang, Korea
Two Modernisms, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea
The Opening Exhibition of Seoul Museum, Seoul Museum, Seoul, Korea
Korean Art Masterpieces Seen Through Prints, AK Gallery, Suwon, Korea
33rd Exhibition of the National Academy of Arts, Museum of the National Academy of Arts Gallery, Seoul, Korea    
Korean Art in Textbooks, Museum of Art, Seoul National University (MoA), Seoul, Korea

2011      
100 Years of Korean Art, AKL Gallery, Amway Korea, Korea
Horizon of Contemporary Art, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Korean Rhapsody – A Montage of History and Memory, Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2010    
Yoo Youngkuk in the 1950s and First-Generation Modernists, Gana Art, Seoul, Korea
2010 in the Midst of the Korean Contemporary Art, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
Yi Sang’s Emergence, Arko Art Center, Seoul, Korea

2009     
Modern Boy and Modern Girl: Early Modernism and Modernity of Korean Art, KIAF 2009 Art Seoul, Seoul, Korea

2008    
Masterpieces of Korean Modern Art: On Modernity, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung, Seoul, Korea
100 Years of Korean Drawings, SOMA Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

2007    
Constellations of Reality, Whanki Museum, Seoul, Korea
Masterpieces of Korean Modern and Contemporary Art, Gana Art, Busan, Korea
The Art Blue Picks 120 Modern and Contemporary Korean Artists, Insa Art Center, Seoul, Korea

2006    
Art at University, Museum of Art, Seoul National University (MoA), Seoul, Korea
Invitation to Contemporary Art, Museum of Art, Seoul National University (MoA), Seoul, Korea
The great Artist of modern art – Into the Aura, Gallery YEH, Seoul, Korea
           
2005
Korean Contemporary Art, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea
Yoo Youngkuk and Oh Jiho, Shinsegae Gallery, Gwangju, Korea
100 Years of Korean Art, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung, Seoul, Korea
Exhibition to Commemorate the Relocation and Reopening of Gallery Mee, Gallery Mee, Seoul, Korea

2004   
50th Anniversary Exhibition of the National Academy of Arts, Korea, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung, Seoul, Korea
Forever Red, Gana Art, Seoul, Korea

2003   
Exploration of Light and Color, Hangaram Museum of Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea

2002    
Inaugural Exhibition of Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Elegance and Wit: The Making of Modern Korean Painting, Ho-Am Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea
100 Modern Korean Paintings, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung, Seoul, Korea

2001    
Development of Korean Contemporary Art, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
           
2000    
30th anniversary Exhibition of Gallery Hyundai, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

1999    
21st Fine Art Members Exhibition of the National Academy of Arts, Korea, Museum of the National Academy of Arts Gallery, Seoul, Korea
East Asian Painting: Birth and Development of Oil Painting, traveling exhibition in Japan

1996    
27th Art Basel, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland

1994    
Seoul International Contemporary Art Festival, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

1993    
Signs and Forms of Contemporary Art, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

1992      
14th Fine Art Members Exhibition of the National Academy of Arts, Korea, Museum of the National Academy of Arts Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Special Exhibition of the MMCA Collection, Daegu Arts Center/Gangneung Arts Center, Daegu/Gangneung, Korea

1991
Kyungbock High School Alumni Exhibition, Gana Art, Seoul, Korea
Seven Korean Modern Artists, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
25 Contemporary Artists, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

1990    
Contemporary Art ’90, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

1989    
5th Seoul Museum of Art Exhibition, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

1988    
World Contemporary Art, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

1987      
9th Fine Art Members Exhibition of the National Academy of Arts, Museum of the National Academy of Arts Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Seoul Museum of Art Exhibition, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Contemporary Art ’87, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
4th Anniversary Exhibition of Gana Art, Gana Art, Seoul, Korea

1986    
Yesterday and Today of Korean Contemporary Art, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

1985    
40 Years of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Contemporary Art ’85, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Today’s Oil Paintings, Gallery Yeh, Seoul, Korea
Korean Young and Old Artists of Oil Painting, Gana Art, Seoul, Korea
Seven Artists of Oil Paintings, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea


1984    
Eight Artists of Oil Painting, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Fine Art Members Exhibition of the National Academy of Arts, Korea, Baegak Museum, Seoul, Korea
Exhibition to Commemorate the Relocation and Reopening of Gana Art, Gana Art, Seoul, Korea
Jinu Group (辰友會) Exhibition, Sun Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Four Artists of Oil Painting, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Contemporary Art ‘84, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Ten Artists of Oil Painting, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

1983    
Korean Contemporary Art, Visconti Hall, Milan, Italy
The second anniversary exhibition of Seoul Museum, Seoul Museum, Seoul, Korea
Invitational Duet Exhibition of YooYoungkuk& Olivier Debré, French Cultural Center, Seoul, Korea
Nine Artists of Oil Painting, Sun Gallery, Seoul, Korea
23 Korean Artists, Gallery Mee, Seoul, Korea
Contemporary Art ’83, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1982     
The Fundraising Exhibition for the Construction of the Independence Hall of Korea, organized by the Korean Fine Arts Association and Arts Council Korea. Arko Art Center, Seoul, Korea
4th Fine Art Members Exhibition of the National Academy of Arts, Korea, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
Painting of Today, Jean Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Salon d‘Automne exhibition in France, Château de Lunéville, Lunéville, France
Ten Korean Artists, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Contemporary Oil Painting, Gallery Yeh, Seoul, Korea
Seoul Newspaper ’82, Lotte Gallery, Seoul, Korea
The Eleventh Anniversary Exhibition of Gallery Hyundai, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
Prints by Eleven Korean Artists, Sun Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1981  
3rd Fine Art Members Exhibition of the National Academy of Arts, Korea, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
Seoul Newspaper ‘81, Lotte Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Korean Art ‘81, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1980  
Senior Artists of Korean Oil Painting, Lotte Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2nd Art Exhibition of the Gallery Association, Gallery Hyundai and Hui Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1st Korean Contemporary Art exhibition, Myeongseong Country Club House, Yongin, Korea
2nd Fine Art Members Exhibition of the National Academy of Arts, National Academy of Arts Gallery, Seoul, Korea
The 10th Anniversary Exhibition of Gallery Hyundai, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
Contemporary Oil Paintings, Gallery Yeh, Seoul, Korea

1979    
1st Grand Art Exhibition, organized by the Gallery Association, Munhwa Gallery and Sun Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Five Artists of Oil Painting, Gallery Yeh, Seoul, Korea
1st Fine Art Members Exhibition of the National Academy of Arts, National Academy of Arts Gallery, Seoul, Korea
28th National Art Exhibition of Korea, Seoul, Korea
Korean Contemporary Art in the 1950s, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
2nd JoongAng Art Exhibition, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
The First Anniversary Exhibition of Gallery Yeh, Gallery Yeh, Seoul, Korea

1978    
Invitational Exhibition of Salon de Mai, Muséed'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
The retrospective exhibition of the New Realism Group, Gallery Won, Seoul, Korea
20 Years of Korean Contemporary Art, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
27th National Art Exhibition of Korea, Gyeongbokgung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
The Opening Exhibition of Seoul Gallery, Seoul Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1977   
Ten Contemporary Korean Painters, Gallery of the Korean National Commission for UNESCO, Seoul, Korea
26th National Art Exhibition of Korea, Seoul, Korea
Month of June Exhibition, Hui Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Korean Contemporary Oil Painting Masterpieces, Deoksugung Palace, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Exhibition to celebrate the relocation of Shinsegae Museum, Shinsegae Museum, Seoul, Korea

1976    
25th National Art Exhibition of Korea, Seoul, Korea
Korean Contemporary Artists, Imok Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1st Jinu Group (辰友會) Exhibition, Myeongdong Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Invitational Exhibition of Paintings, Sun Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Space Art Grand Prize Exhibition, Hui Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1974    
Korean Contemporary Artists, Kyung Hee University Museum, Seoul, Korea
1st Anniversary Exhibition of Sangang Gallery, Sangang Gallery, Daejeon, Korea

1973    
22nd National Art Exhibition of Korea, Seoul, Korea
100 Contemporary Artists, Deoksugung Palace, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1972  
21st National Art Exhibition of Korea, Seoul, Korea
60 Years of Korean Modern Art, Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1971  
20th National Art Exhibition of Korea, Seoul, Korea
The exhibition of Kyungbock High School Alumni, Seoul, Korea

1970    
Korean Contemporary Oil Paintings, Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1st Korean Fine Art Grand Prize exhibition, Gyeongbokgung Palace, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Invitational Exhibition of Shinsegae Artists Series, Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1969    
18th National Art Exhibition of Korea, Seoul, Korea
1st Biennale d’arte di Pistoia, Pistoia, Italy

1968    
17th National Art Exhibition of Korea, Seoul, Korea
3rd Ten Korean Contemporary Artists exhibition, Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Modern Korean Painting Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

1967    
9th International Art of Japan exhibition in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
16th National Art Exhibition of Korea, Gyeongbokgung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2nd 10 Contemporary Korean Painters, Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea
3rd Exhibition of the International Society of Plastic and Audio-Visual Art (ISPAA), Seoul, Korea; Osaka, Japan; Taipei, Taiwan; Hong Kong; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, traveling exhibition

1966    
10th Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Artists, Gyeongbokgung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Korean Contemporary Art, Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Congress for Cultural Freedom, Arts Council Korea Gallery, Seoul, Korea
9th Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Artists, Gyeongbokgung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Seven Korean Contemporary Artists, Press Center, Seoul, Korea

1964    
4th 2·9 Exhibition, Central Public Relations, Seoul, Korea
3rd Exhibition of SinSang-Hoe, Gyeongbokgung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

1963    
2nd Invitational Exhibition of World Congress of Cultural Freedom, Central Public Relations, Seoul, Korea
3rd 2·9 Exhibition, Seoul National Library Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2nd Exhibition of Sin Sang-Hoe, Gyeongbokgung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
7th São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil

1962    
2nd 2·9 Exhibition, Seoul National Library Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1st Exhibition of Sin Sang-Hoe (New Form Group), Gyeongbokgung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
1st Invitational Exhibition of World Congress of Cultural Freedom, Central Public Relations, Seoul, Korea

1961    
The International Free Art Exhibition in Tokyo, Museum of Tokyo National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan
5th Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Artists, Gyeongbokgung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Inaugural 2·9 Exhibition, Seoul National Library Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1960    
4th Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Artists, Gyeongbokgung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
1st Exhibition of the Etude of Contemporary Art Institute, Contemporary Art Institute in Methodist Hall, Seoul, Korea

1959    
3rd Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Artists, Gyeongbokgung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

1958    
4th Exhibition of the Modern Art Association, Donghwa Gallery, Seoul, Korea
3rd Exhibition of the Modern Art Association, Hwashin Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Anti-Communist Art Exhibition, Anti-Communist Hall, Seoul, Korea
2nd Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Artists, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1957    
2nd Exhibition of the Modern Art Association, Hwashin Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1st Exhibition of the Modern Art Association, Donghwa Gallery, Seoul, Korea


1955
4th National Art Exhibition of Korea, Gyeongbokgung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

1954    
The special exhibition of Korean Contemporary Art, National Museum of Korea, Seoul, Korea

1953    
3rd Sinsasilpa Group Exhibition in Busan, National Museum of Korea, Busan, Korea
The Contemporary Artists exhibition, National Museum of Korea, Busan, Korea

1950    
The Contemporary Art exhibition, Daewon Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1949    
2nd Sinsasilpa Group Exhibition, Donghwa Gallery, Seoul, Korea

1942    
6th Exhibition of the Association of Art Creators, the Art Association of Japan, Ueno, Tokyo, Japan

1941    
5th Exhibition of the Association of Art Creators, the Art Association of Japan, Ueno, Tokyo, Japan

1940    
Exhibition of the Association of Art Creators in Seoul, Seoul Public Hall, Seoul, Korea
4th Jiyu Bijutsuka Group of Japan Exhibiton in Okasa, Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts, Osaka, Japan
4th Jiyu Bijutsuka Group of Japan Exhibiton, Association of Free Artists, Ueno, Tokyo, Japan

1939    
3rd Jiyu Bijutsuka Group of Japan Exhibition in Osaka, Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts, Osaka, Japan
6th-7th N.B.G. Exhibition, Kinokuniya Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

1938    
2nd Jiyu Bijutsuka Group of Japan Exhibition, Association of Free Artists, Ueno, Tokyo, Japan
2nd-5th N.B.G(Neo Beaux-arts Group) Exhibition, Kinokuniya Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1937
7th Dokuritsu-ten Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Awards
1984    
Received the Bo-Gwan Order of Culture Merit, Korea

1976    
Won the prize from the National Academy of Arts, Korea

1938    
Received the best awards of 2nd JiyuBijutsuka Group of Japan Exhibition for Work R3

Selected Public and Private Collections
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea
Museum SAN, Wonju, Korea
HITE Collection, Seoul, Korea