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JOO Jaehwan

Joo Jaehwan was born in Seoul, 1949. He fell in love with Van Gogh in middle school and decided to become an artist. In 1960, he went to Hongik University but dropped out just after a semester. He wanted to buy more materials with his tuition to create better works. He then worked in non art-related jobs to support himself for the next 20 years. In his 20s, he sold pianos, sold ice cream in Chang-Kyung Palace, became a neighborhood patrol. As he entered his 30s, he started to work at publishers helping folklorist, Shim Woosung. Through this experience, he was able to physically experience the reality of Korean society. Furthermore, he gained his easygoing and humorous expressions and broad-mindedness from this experience.

Even when Joo was not working in the art industry, he kept in touch with other artists. He met with them in cafes and bars in Daehangno and Myeongdong. They included his alumni, art critics such as Lee Il, and poets such as Kim Sooyoung. From this experience, he began to work again, and in the early 1970s, he had a solo exhibition in Gwanghwamun.

Joo Jaehwan officially took his first step in the art world through the formation of “Hyun-sil-gwa-bal-eun” in 1979 and participating in its founding exhibition. His works during this period was heavily historical and political. Mondrian Hotel (1980) and Spring Rain Descending a Staircase (1980) is considered his representational works. After “Hyun-sil-gwa-bal-eun,” his social life has been of intellectual, artist, activist, etc.

In 1990s, he started to create works that criticize the structure of capitalism. During this period, society has gained its calm after a turbulent period in the 1980s, the Berlin Wall has fallen, and Kim Yeongsam became president in Korea. His works in 1990s capture the changed society with a different perspective. Mijejum Song-ga, Jjajangmyeon Delivery, Shopping Man, etc. are his representative works from 1990s.

In 2000s, Joo is working more actively than ever. The artist deems that the sense of freedom young artists feel from his various works is creating opportunities for them. He has held various solo exhibitions in Art Sonje Center in 2001, Alternative Space Sarubia in 2007, the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003, and many more. He was awarded The 10th Korean Artist Award in 2001, and Honorary Mention, Prize for the Promotion of the Arts in Gwangju Biennale in 2002. 




1940     Born in Seoul

1960     The Department of Painting, College of Fine Arts, Hongik University, Seoul 



Solo Exhibitions

2016     Joo Jaehwan: Metamorphosis in the Darkness, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul

2015     E Mae Mang Ryang, Trunk Gallery, Seoul

2013     The Odd Show-DJANGO Joo Jaehwan, Alternative Art Space-ipo,Seoul

2012     KwanHoon Gallery, Seoul

2011     Dizziness, Trunk Gallery, Seoul

2009     Gallery SoSo, Paju, Korea

2007     Under CCTV Surveillance, Project Space SARUBIA, Seoul

2002     Look at This Mr. Funny, Sejong Gallery, Jeju, Korea

2001     Madang Sol,, Daegu, Korea

2000-01  Look at This Mr. Funny, Art Sonje Center, Seoul 

Group Exhibitions

2018     From Silence to Shouting: Exhibition on Peace and Human Rights in East Asia for 70th Anniversary of 4·3, 

             Jeju 4·3 Peace Memorial Hall, Jeju, Korea 

2017     Moon-Hwa-Bon-Il-RYul (文畵本一律), Gyeongju Solgeo Art Museum, Gyeongju, Korea

             2017 Pool Rising, Art Space Pool, Seoul 

             Ode to Forgetting, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul 

2016     Title Match Joo Jaehwan vs Kim Dongkyu, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

2015     Three Star Show, INDIPRESS, Seoul

             Resistance to Oblivion, Ansan Arts Center, Ansan, Korea

             The 22nd 4∙3 Art Show, Clear Tears of Ice Cube, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju, Korea 

             Asia and Rice, Jeonbuk Art Center, Jeonju, Korea 

             Commemorative Exhibition of the 70th Anniversary of Liberation: the Great Journey with the Citizens 

             Uproarious, Heated, Inundated, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul 

             YongHan JeomJip, Zaha Museum, Seoul

             Jungle Shoes, Kim Kim Gallery, LaSuisse, Nantes, France 

             Jungle Shoes, Kim Kim Gallery, Bel Ami Concept Store, Nantes, France 

             Pool is Standing, Art Space Pool, Seoul

2014-15  Certification of Contents-Proof Your Life, Alternative Art Space-ipo, Seoul 

2014     SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul 2014-Ghost, Spies, and Grandmothers, Seoul Museum of Art; Korean Film 

             Archive, Seoul 

             Research on New, Creative and Willing Obedience, Acaphilo, Seoul 

             Once Is Not Enough, Audio Visual Pavilion, Seoul 

             Indonesia-Korea Contemporary Art Exhibition: Low Stream, Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art, Jeju, Korea

2013     Bali Jeju: Determination of Two Islands, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta; Tony Raka Art Gallery, Bali, 


             Night Shadow, The Museum of Shamanism, Seoul

             RESIDENCY, Now, Songwon Art Center,Seoul

             Heyri Slow Art, The Running Epoch, The Walking Art and The Relaxing Village, Non-Bat Art Academy, Paju,


2012     Twenty Goyang artists’ Exhibition, 20th Anniversary exhibition of being raised to a city Goyang, Aram Art 

             Gallery, Goyang Aram Nuri, Goyang, Korea

             Gyeom Son Han Mi Sool Ssi, Art Space Emu, Seoul 

             Gyeonggi Creation Center Residency 2012, Invited Artists, Gyeonggi Creation Center, Ansan, Korea

2011     Si Hwa Il Lul, Gana Art Center, Seoul

             The 23rd Exhibition of Mountains and Streams of the Homeland, Gwang Art Gallery, Sejong Center for 

             Performing Arts, Seoul

             Depaysement-Blooming the City, Arko Art Center, Seoul

2010     Reality of Society and Art: 30 years of the Group-Reality & Utterance, Ganainsa Art Center, Seoul

             Between, One and J. Gallery, Seoul

             Power of Gyeonggi-do, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea

             Cross Over the Yellow Line, Kyunghyang Gallery, Seoul

             Language Play, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul

             Trickster Makes This World, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin, Korea

2009     Gwanghwamun: Rewinding the Clock, Seoul Museum of History, Seoul

             BlueDOT ASIA 2009, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul

             100 Daehangro, Arko Art Center, Seoul

2008     The 40th anniversary of Soo-Young Kim’s death–Tribute Exhibition: An Account of Converting, Art Space

             Pool, Seoul

             KO Woo Young Comics: Never Ending Story, Arko Art Center, Seoul

             Opening a time Capsule, Korea Manhwa Museum, Bucheon, Korea

             Where Has Been Seated, Kookmin Art Gallery, Seoul

             Walking magazine walks, Ga Gallery, Seoul

2007-08  The Pulsation of People: Realism in Korean Art 1945-2005,The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum, Niigata; 

             Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka; Fuchu Art Museum, Tokyo; Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya; 

             Miyakonojo City Museum of Art, Miyazaki, Japan

2007     ‘Centennial Celebration of New Poetry’ Exhibition of Poetry and Paintings by 200 Representative Artists, 

             Poetry Again is Hope, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Seoul

             Son Jangsup_Joo Jaehwan, Gallery Noon, Seoul

             Hwak-The Inaugural Exhibition of Gallery Noon,, Gallery Noon, Seoul

             Imagine Recharged: Six Imagination of Contemporary Art, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, Korea

2006     Drawn to Drawing, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul

             Hwanghae Art Show, Incheon Culture&Arts Center, Incheon, Korea

             Somewhere in Time, Art Sonje Center, Seoul

             Remembrance of Book, Heyri Book House Gallery, Paju, Korea

2005     The 60th Anniversary of Independence – Devastation and Going Forward, The National Assembly of 

             Republic of Korea, Seoul

             The Battle of Visions, Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany 

             Incongruent: Contemporary Art from South Korea, Richard F. Brush Art Gallery St. Lawrence University, 

             Canton, USA

2004     Declaration for Peace 2004: 100 Artists from Korea and Overseas, National Museum of Modern and 

             Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea 

             Alchemy of Daily Life, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea 

             You Are My Sunshine: Reflective Notes for Contemporary Korean Art 1960-2004, Total Museum of 

             Contemporary Art, Seoul 

2003     The 50th Venice Biennial-Arsenale, Z.O.U.-Zone of Urgency, Venice, Italy 

             Comics in Art, Art in Comics, Ewha Woman’s University Museum, Seoul 

             Mountains and Streams of the Homeland, KwanHoon Gallery; Art Space Pool, Seoul 

             Welcome to Seoul, Sejong Museum of Art, Sejong Center for Performing Arts, Seoul 

             Where, Do, You, Live?-The 1st New Town Show, Janghang MBC, Goyang, Korea 

2002     The 4th Gwangju Biennale, P_A_U_S_E, Gwangju Biennale Foundation, Gwangju, Korea 

2001     Wind, Wind, Wind-The 13th Exhibition of Mountains and Streams of the Homeland, Sejong Museum of 

             Art, Sejong Center for Performing Arts, Seoul 

             Next Generation: Art Contemporain dAsie, Passage de Retz, Paris 

2000     Pusan International Contemporary Art Festival-Leaving the Island, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea 

             Joo Jae Hwan·Koh Seung Wook’s Public Video, Art Space Pool, Seoul 

1999     Korea+JAALA, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul 

1998     Seoul in Media: Food, Clothing, Shelter, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

1996     Korean Representative Poets, Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul 

1995     The 50th Anniversary of Liberation, Historical Paintings Exhibition: Where are We, Hangaram Art Museum, 

             Seoul Arts Center, Seoul 

1994     The 100th Anniversary of Donghak Uprising, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul 

1988     World’s Big City Seoul Pavilion, Milano Triennial, Milano, Italy 

1987     BanGoMoon, Grim Madang Min, Seoul 

1980-88  Reality and Utterance, DongIn, Dongsanbang Gallery, etc. 

Public Projects 

2008     Naksan Public Art Project ‘Power of Sun’ Installation, Naksan Park Road, Jongno-gu, Seoul 

2005     Anyang Public Art Project 2005: Tipping the Balance, Anyang Resort Art Valley, Anyang, Korea


2002     Honorary Mention, Prize for the Promotion of the Arts, Visual Arts, Biennale de Gwangju, Gwangju, Korea

2001     The 10th Korean Artist Award, The Korean People’s Artist Federation 


2001     Look at This Mr. Funny 1980-2000, Misul Munhwa 


National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea

Art Bank, Gwacheon, Korea 

Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul 

Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin, Korea  




Music Score


A rusted large nail on frame


In Search for Candy


Foam board, candy

90 x 60 cm

Hey You!


Foam board, tape, and coffee packets

90 x 60 cm

Did They Sneak Away with the Substance


Acrylic on frame

152 x 184.8 cm

Ingredients for Instant Noodles


Colored paper, tape, and instant noodles packet

58 x 42 cm

I Like Myung Nang


Suitcase, kitten doll, frame, and pills

100(h) x 54 x 35 cm

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