Bae Bien-U

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The Korean term for landscape - as the Chinese and Japanese - consists of the characters »wind« and »scenery«. It is closely connected with the traditional, cosmological ideas of the existence of a quintessence running through all living things, the ether. The poetical sounding neologism “Windscape” is a literal translation of the term for landscapeas it is used and understood with its semantic level all over Eastasia.The artist approached the spirit of places with a contemplative, Korean-influenced visual vocabulary that even fascinates eyes schooled by Western aesthetics .Abstract yet descriptive alike the large-scale analogue black and white fibre-based silver gelatin prints presented in this exhibition bring together works from the three series Orum, Seascape, and Windscape, which jointly consummate a transensory experience. Respected both in his native Korea as well as abroad, Bae, Bien-U has exhibited in prestigious institutions, such as Korea’s National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bozar in Brussels, Photo España, Hermitage Art Museum in St. Petersburg, or the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, with works in esteemed museum- as well as private collections, such as The National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, or The Sol Le Witt Collection. »Windscape«– opens simultaneously in three cities across Europe; Berlin, Paris, and Zurich. Similarly, an exhibition catalogue will be published by Hatje Cantz.