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Park Rehyun Retrospective: Triple Interpreter

탄생 100주년 기념: 박래현, 삼중통역자

Rehyun Park 박래현

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Deoksugung)
국립현대미술관 (덕수궁)
99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
서울시 중구 세종대로99
24 Sep 2020 - 3 Jan 2021
As one of the most talented and innovative artists of the twentieth century, Park Rehyun (1920–1976) transformed the entire field of Korean ink-wash painting by freely crossing the boundaries of ink-wash, printmaking, and tapestries. But following her untimely death from cancer, her art was gradually forgotten, until she was primarily remembered as the wife of Kim Kichang. At a time when few Korean women could sustain a career as artists, Park Rehyun had to strive constantly to juggle her artistic production with her demanding life as a mother and the wife of a hearing-impaired husband. By incorporating domestic handicrafts and motifs from her daily routines into her works, she expanded the modes of artistic expression and achieved her own independent vision based on her identity as a mother, woman, and Asian. This exhibition introduces the life and art of Park Rehyun, who overcame social restrictions on women while still embracing her domestic responsibilities. Both as a loving wife who mastered English, Korean, and lip-reading in order to help her husband communicate and as a pioneering artist who excelled in painting, tapestry, and printmaking, Park Rehyun was indeed a “triple interpreter.”
박래현(1920-1976)은 20세기 한국화단에 선구적 자취를 남긴 여성 미술가로서, 판화와 태피스트리를 넘나들며 기존 동양화의 관습을 타파해 나갔다. 하지만 오십 대에 갑자기 타계한 뒤 그의 예술은 점차 잊혔고 오랫동안 운보 김기창의 아내로서만 기억되었다. 박래현은 여성 미술가가 드물던 시절에 육아와 가사에 쫓기면서도 예술가로 살아남기 위해 치열하게 노력했다. 반복되는 일상에서 예술의 소재를 찾고, 가사 노동에서 요구되는 수공(手工)을 응용해 작품의 표현 기법을 확장시켰으며, 여성, 어머니, 동양인이라는 정체성을 토대로 독자적인 예술세계를 완성하였다. 이번 전시는 여성에게 요구된 역할을 수용하면서도 여성에 대한 사회적 제약을 극복하고, 종국에는 성공적인 예술가로 자리매김한 우향(雨鄕) 박래현의 삶과 예술을 소개한다. 청각 장애를 가진 남편 김기창을 위한 영어·한국어·구어(口語)의 삼중통역자이자, 회화·태피스트리·판화의 삼중통역을 시도했던 예술가 박래현을 만날 수 있을 것이다.
Source: 국립현대미술관/National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
Source: 국립현대미술관/National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
Source: 국립현대미술관/National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
Source: 국립현대미술관/National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
Source: 국립현대미술관/National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
Source: 국립현대미술관/National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art