' Moon Beom
Moon Beom
Impossible Realm
November 21 - December 21, 2019

Press Release

Impossible Realm is Moon Beom’s seventh solo exhibition of paintings at Kim Foster Gallery. Resisting classification, Moon’s artwork ably transforms both the traditional and the post modern. Impossible Realm is a selection of paintings done over the past twenty years by this Korean based artist.

Moon begins with a monochrome surface using an acrylic pigment. He then applies small dabs of color using oil stick, pushing the oil pigment with his hand into a kind of hyperrealist foliage in an ambiguous time and space. While minimalism has always played a role in Moon Beom’s work, the balance between the monochrome and the minimal aspects of these paintings with the often naturalistic forms suggests some hybrid association with traditional landscape painting of his homeland. Yet despite a visual resemblance, Moon Beom’s work is inspired by the artist’s contemplation on the gesture of painting. The scenes depicted on the canvas are mere traces of oil pigment applied by the artist’s hands at different speed and pressure. Through endless repetition of this process, the artist examines a dynamic relationship between the canvas and his inner nature. Moon’s primary artistic interest is not concerned with expressing or representing reality, but with transferring his physical and emotional constitution to the painting itself. The force and velocity of his movements in relation to the canvas become the elements of the language of the work.

As the realm of landscape becomes much more broad, extending its scope beyond the representation of visible reality, Moon Beom’s syncopated, complex treatment of movement yields a distinct visual structure of exquisite particulars and explosive force where art and nature fluidly exist.


link to video of exhibition

WSI article on Moon Beom

Past Exhibitions


LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA has acquired Possible Worlds #9021, 2014 by Moon Beom for their Korean Art Department.



2019 / 2013 / 2010 / 2007 / 2005 / 2003 / 2001   Kim Foster Gallery, New York

2011  Simon Gallery, Seoul

2007/2004  PKM Gallery,Seoul

2002  Shin Gallery,Seoul

1999  Kukje Galery,Seoul

1997 / 1996 / 1994 Shilla Gallery,Teagu

1996 / 1994 Gallery Bhak,Seoul

1994 Seohwa Gallery,Seoul

1993 Icon Gallery,Seoul

1991 Jean Gallery,Seoul

1989 Soo Gallery,Seoul

1987 Fine Art Center,Seoul

Kwanhoon Gallery,Seoul

1982 Total Gallery,Seoul


2018 Human/Nature, Wayne State University, Elaine Jacob Gallery, Detroit, MI

2016 Come In From The Cold, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

2015 Contemporary Sansuha, Pearl Lamm Galleries, Hong Kong

Color Value, Kim Foster Gallery, New York

2014 CONTEXT Art Miami, Miami

Sequential Abstraction Kim Foster Gallery, New York

L’Avventura Kim Foster Gallery, New York

2013 SUPER/NATURAL Contemporary Korean Art, Christie’s Private Sale, New York

(Not) Water, Kim Foster Gallery, New York

2012 Korean Eye, Saatchi Gallery, London

(Im)Possible Landscape, Plateau / Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul. (2012-2013)

SeMA GOLD 2012: Hidden track, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

2011 Out of the Blue, Strolh Gallery, Chautaqua Institute, New York

Embracing the Void, HADA Contemporary, London

Post Nature, WooMin Art Center, Chung Joo

2010 invisible windows, yfo Gallery,Teagu

2009 DrawingPainting, Kim Foster Gallery, New York

Foregrounded, PKM Gallery, Seoul

Ethics, Kunstdoc Gallery, Seoul

Anamnesis and Exptrapolation, PKM Gallery, Beijing

2008 Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo de Sevilla, Sevilla

Art39 basel, Basel

2007 Percept/Scape-Concept/Scape,Gallery Lux,Seoul

Inagural Exhibition, Museum of Art, Seoul National Univ., Seoul

Hommage 100, Korea Art Center, Pusan

2006 Simply Beautiful, Centre PasquArt, Biel, Switzerland

Camera Work, Seoul City Museum of Art, Seoul

Viewing Object, Seoul City Museum of Art, Seoul

2005 The Diversity Show, Credit Suiss First Boston, Curated by Betty Levin, New York

Cool & Warm,Sunggok Museum of Art,Seoul

Echo Beyond the Time,Ewha Univ.Museum,Seoul

Le Flux, Gallery Lumen,Paris

2004 Painting That Paints Themselves, Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing, MI.

2003 Inagural Exhibition, Samadhi-Contemplation, Chelsea Art Museum, New York

2002 Inaugural Exhibition of Seoul City Museum of Art, Seoul

Kwangju Biennale, Liberty Park, Kwangju

dis/location, 291 Gallery, Taegu

2001 Rebirth of Painting, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwacheon

2000 Kwangju Biennale, City Museum of Art, Kwangju

Art and OrderNoh Gallery

Traces, CAIS Gallery

1999 Nature, Parkyusook Gallery, Seoul

Works on Paper, Seowha Gallery, Seoul

Three Friends, Gallery Simon, Seoul

Seoul 80 – Sweet Lips, CAIS Gallery, Seoul

1999 Logos & Pathos, Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul

1998 Spiritual-scapes, Generous Miracles Gallery, New York

1997 Namjune Paik,Moon Beom,Hyunki Park,Kwangyoung Chun, Kim Foster Gallery, New York

1996 Window Gallery Project,Hyundai Gallery, Seoul

Anachrome,Seowha Gallery, Seoul

Install-Scape, Teagu Center of Culture, Teagu

1995 Seoul 80 – Intertextuality,Speed, Gaain Gallery, Seoul

Information&Reality-KoreanContemporaryArt, FruitmarketGallery, Edinburgh

Fusing Cement in Art, Sunggok Museum of Art, Seoul

1993 Contemporary-Communication Art, Gallery Bahk, Seoul

1992 Informel apres Informel, Chosunilbo Gallery, Seoul

Seoul 80 – Ten Years After,  Seowha Gallery, Seoul

1991 Korean Contemporary Art, Sonje Museum of Art Kyungju

1990 Artists of Nineties, City Museum of Art, Seoul

1989 Kim Yongik,Moon Beom,Hong Myungsup, Space Gallery, Seoul

1988 Korean Contemporary Painting, Nat’l Museum of History, Taipei

1987 Tail of Elephant, Kanagawa Gallery, Yokohama

1986 Korean Art-Old and New, City Hall, Kyoto

1985 Seoul-16 Artists,Kwanhoon Gallery,Seoul

1984 Korean Art Now,City Museum of Art,Taipei

1983 Contemporary Paper Works-Korea & Japan, City Museum of Art, Kyoto

New Paper Works from Korea, Spring Gallery, Taipei

Three Korean Artists in L.A., Artcore Gallery, Los Angeles

1982 After Logicalness, Soo Gallery, Taegu

Common Sense,Susceptibility,Symptom, Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul

1981 32e Salon de Jeune Peintre & Expression, Grand Palais, Paris

Seoul 80 – Objecthood, Space Gallery, Seoul

Seoul 80 – Work by Screen, Dongduk Gallery, Seoul

Seoul 80 – Report on Masters’, Space Gallery, Seoul

1980 Seoul 80 – Work with Photo, Space Gallery, Seoul

1979 Performance,’The Thing which to see’, Naengchun Valley, Taegu

1978 Performance,’See & Look’, Naktong River, Taegu



1995 Vermont Studio Center(Johnson,VT.), sponsored by Freeman Foundation

1992 The Millay Colony for the Arts(Austerlitz,NY.), sponsored by Mid-America Art Alliance and USIA



Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA, CA

AmorePacific Museum of Art, Seoul

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

Samsung Museum Leeum, Seoul

Sonje Museum of Art, Kyungju

Seoul City Museum of Art, Seoul

Daejeon City Museum of Art, Daejeon

Kyunggido Museum of Art, Ansan

Sunggok Museum of Art, Seoul

Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul

Posco Center, Seoul

STAR Tower, Seoul

Tower Palace, Seoul

Hilton Hotel, Seoul


2013 Korean Art: The Power of Now, co-published TransGlobe Publishing and Thames & Hudson

2012 Korean Contemporary Art, published by Prestel Verlag, Munich, London. New York

2010 Huffington Post Exhibition Spotlight, Nov. USA

2010 Asian Art News, Robert C. Morgan, Dec., USA

2008 Art in America, Jonathan Goodman,March,U.S.A.

2007 WolganmisoolJin HwiYeon,Aug.,Korea

2004 WolganmisoolKang SooMee, May, Korea

PKM gallery Catalogue,

“Mysteries of Representation”, essay by Richard Vine, Mar., Korea

2003 Art Press, Robert C. Morgan, Oct., France

2002 WolganmisoolSeong WanGyung, Nov., Korea

Tema Celeste Contemporary ArtRobert C.Morgan, Feb., Italy

2001 Art in AmericaRichard Vine, Dec., U.S.A.

ARTFORUM, Barry Schwabsky, May, U.S.A.

1999 Kukje Gallery Catalogue, Park KyungMe, May, Korea

Wolganmisool,Song MiSook,Apr.Korea

Misoolsegye,Jung HunYee,Jun.,Korea

1998 Flash Art,Grady T.Turner,Jan./Feb.,Italy

NY Arts Magazine,Robert C. Morgan,Jan./Feb.,U.S.A.

1997 Time Out New York, Martha Schwendener,Aug.,U.S.A.

SPACE, Jung HunYee, Jan., Korea

1996 Gallery Shilla, catalogue, Yoo Pil-Ja, Dec., Korea

1995 Wolganmisool,K im HongHee, Aug., Korea

Art VivantLee YongWoo, vol.39, Korea

1994 Gana Art, Kim HyunDo, Dec., Korea

Wolganmisool, Song MiSook, Oct., Korea

SPACE, Lee YongWoo ,Apr., Korea

1993 Wolganmisool, Park JungKi, Apr., Korea

1993 Gana Art, Lee YongWoo, Mar./Apr., Korea

Icon Gallery,Catalogue, Yoon NanJi, Mar., Korea

1991 Jin Art Gallery,Catalogue, Lee YongWoo, Nov., Korea