Buddha with Moon Jar

By Ik Joog KANG (Korean, b. 1960)

GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM Collection Online

artist

KANG Ik Joong

media

Mixed Media, Wood

size

Medium, Large

Dimensions

114.3 x 114.3 cm/ 45 x 45 in.

color

Multi-colored

orientation

Square

region

Republic of Korea, The United States

price-range

50,000 – 99,999 USD

Year

2012-2016

As a child growing up in South Korea, I often heard stories from my elders about their lives in a Korea that was one country. I remember how their eyes filled with the hope of once again embracing their long lost family and friends.
The ideologies that have separated not only the Korean peninsula, but also many other parts of the world for the last five decades, have become much less persuasive than when I was just a boy. Politicians and diplomats are working towards reunification, but I think we can also understand by looking through the eyes of our innocent children.
The project, 100,000 Dreams, is not about taking sides, but is an effort to see the future of Korea, or any other country in strife, at peace. We can travel to this future together through the 100,000 dreams of 100,000 children.
Korea is not physically reunifying today, but perhaps 100,000 Dreams can play a role in bringing the separated families by inviting children from all around the world to participate in this effort.

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– Note by Ik-Joong Kang  (100,000 Dreams Exhibition Catalog / 1999)

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The artist received his BFA from Hong-Ik University in Seoul, Korea, in 1984 and moved to New York in 1984 in order to study art at the Pratt Institute, where he received his MFA in 1988. He has exhibited widely, including a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York (1996); a two-person show with Nam June Paik at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Connecticut (1994); and group exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1996); Ludwig Museum, Cologne (2000); and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul (2010). In the spring of 1997, he was awarded the Special Merit prize at the Venice Biennale.