© Yoon Kalim

Goymsang Installation

Nikolaj Kunsthal

‘Making Dasik’ & ‘Goymsang’

I've always had an interest in the part of my work where I’m storytelling the overall situation of the space by using few devices that I've made.

These things are specifically revealed through experiments where I attempt to induce experience that stimulate and renew the sense which all occur by being confronted with the overall effect of the arrangement of space, color, sound, or materials that can be felt specifically and touched.

In this work ‘Making Dasik’ I intend to stretch the idea of contact to learning the art of making ‘Dasik: Korean traditional pressed sweets from the existing court cuisine craftsman and to study the action that takes place by reflecting the meaning of the tradition to us through the consciousness of reproducing with the participants in the exhibition and conveying it to another culture.

In the work ‘Goymsang’ I borrowed form from the traditional way of table setting which was set up for a big feast of the first birthdays, marriages, sixty-first birthdays and memorial ceremonies which is very religious and has a symbolic flavor and style.

The folding screen that decorates the back of the table embodies the cultural exchanges by embroidering images of 19th century European plant illustrations using Korean traditional embroidery techniques.

These works can be an extended-level metaphor about time, traces, and objects that are forgotten and vanished in our memories.

Burnett’s Plants, Korean embroidery on silk, copper frame, 40x170cm 4pcs, 2019
Goymsang 고임상, Korean traditional sweets, copper plates, dimension variable, 2019
Dasik, Workshop for making korean pressed sweets, dimension variable, 2019

From gaming industry with interactive games where you get points for being social, to painted animal skins, a borderland in flames, water as a tool for healing, live cake performance and archeological finds in LEGO format. Korea contains more than what the media portrays on a daily basis.

With two exhibitions throughout the summer, Nikolaj Kunsthal will have ample opportunity to both get an insight into Korean antiquity and at the same time get an overall impression of what is moving on the Korean art scene in these years.

In the exhibition The Way A Hare Transforms Into A Tortoise / KOREA IN DENMARK, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Danish-Korean diplomatic relations, the focus is on the art landscape in Korea. Here you can, among other things, experience an interactive game where you get points depending on how good you are at mingling with the other computer-generated characters that move around the room. In another work, water in various forms is experienced as an important healing tool for the artist, who as a child himself was the victim of a fire. With important art events such as the Media Biennial in Seoul as well as the Gwangju and Busan Biennale, Korea is definitely an interesting country to turn its attention to when it comes to contemporary art.

Participating artists are: Yoon Kalim, Beak Jungki, Lee Chunghyung, Jang Junho, Rohwajeong, Chu Mirim, Jang Jongwan, Kwon Hayoon and Cho Hyun, all of whom reside in Korea.


With the name of the exhibition The Way A Hare Transforms Into A Tortoise / KOREA IN DENMARK, reference is made to Aesop's Fables and the story of the race between the hare and the turtle. In the tale, the turtle wins because the fast hare feels confident of winning and falls asleep halfway through the race. The exhibition spans all floors and offers a variety of insights into Korea's cultural identity. An identity that since the Korean War has developed rapidly in the south and has grown into a large economy with a thriving popular culture that is recognized far beyond the country's borders.

The exhibition is curated by Helene Nyborg Bay in collaboration with the Korean curator Inseon Kim and shows nine artists, several of whom have created new specific works for Nikolaj Kunsthal.

Exhibition Period: 29 June to 8 September 2019
Opening: 28 June at 16.00 - 20.00
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Friday at 12.00 - 18.00, Saturday-Sunday 11.00 - 17.00