KIM Whanki has a chance to reflect on his identity and the nature of art through the “Grand Tour” to Paris in 1956-59.
He encounters the masters of modern art in person and finds his way forward. There he realizes that in order to become a global art, he must contain songs from his essence and sole uniqueness above all else. In this process, the longing for pottery and traditional objects that are cherished in his homeland establishes as his identity of art. The original formative language tirelessly created by the convergence of Korean traditions and national culture such as jars, plum blossoms, deer, birds, and mountain walls painted by sacré-cœur on the other side of the world, was completed with the art philosophy of “poetic spirit.”