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The Artwork of Kim Sun Doo: Flowing Dreams & Paintings & Screening of Chihwaseon

Reception & Movie event.

Note: separate RSVP link on this page.

In Celebration of the Launch of the Korean Cultural Center at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea:

The Artwork of Kim Sun Doo: Flowing Dreams and Paintings
A Screening of Chihwaseon, “Painted Fire”

6:30 pm | Friday, October 22, 2010

Opening Reception and Presentation: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Chihwaseon Film Screening: 8:00 – 10:00 pm

This event will mark the official launch of the Korean Cultural Center, a renovation and re-dedication of the Korean Embassy’s culture and public affairs center, known as KORUS House. The evening will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony and unveiling of the new namesake plaque outside the building entrance at 6:30 pm. (So opposite of most Korean Waves meetup events, getting there early is important to see the unveiling).

1. Reception Details: Great Korean artwork has often been produced at the confluence of tradition and innovation. Kim Sun Doo is no exception, as a contemporary painter well versed in classical Korean art styles. Many of his works adopt the traditional ink and Hanji paper style of the Joseon Dynasty, but with a freeform vitality and creativity. Kim’s artistic grounding paired with vision led him to be chosen to create reproductions and original compositions in the style of 19th century Korean master Jang Seung-Ub, for use in the acclaimed 2002 film, Chihwaseon. The ethereal styles of both Jang and Kim evoke a flowing dreamscape of the natural world, simultaneously set in tradition and striving to break free of all artistic conventions. This exhibition features many of the works handled in the film, as well as Kim’s completely original art (on display through Nov. 4).

2. Movie Details: Chihwaseon, known also by the English title Painted Fire, chronicles the life of Jang Seung-Ub [masked]), a tormented but brilliant painter who lived against a backdrop of national turmoil. In the late 19th century, the Korean nation struggled to find its own identity amid growing influence from regional imperial powers and political revolution looming at home. Through his art, Jang came to embody the troubled, impassioned soul of a nation in search of itself. Directed by Im Kwon-taek, a living legend of Korean cinema, Chihwaseon won the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002 and remains a hallmark of modern Korean culture. The film is known for its elegant cinematography that strives to capture the landscape, seasons, and traditional culture of Korea. To view trailers for the film, visit or (third-party websites; viewer discretion advised).

In a special presentation, Kim Sun Doo will also discuss his experiences working on Chihwaseon, including his artistic research, contribution as artistic advisor, and acting a minor part in the film. RSVP Required

Korean Reception Provided

Guests are welcome—Please Forward the Invite!

All attendees must RSVP online at this link:

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Members of Korean Waves who RSVP on meetup will get an email before the event with contact information to help find each other during the event. If you have any additional questions, please contact Adam Wojciechowicz at [masked] or (202)[masked]

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  • Gabe

    Took me a second to understand what the connection was between the Korus House, Kim Sun Doo, Jang Seung-ab, Chiwaseon, and the artwork upstairs... But after I figured it out (I'm pretty proud of myself) the whole experience was great! Phenomenal!!! It was like Keanu Reeves realizing his life was not reality, but just a program in the Matrix. Only I didn't throw up and it was all pretty positive :-)

    October 23, 2010

  • Paul

    Gabe - thanks. Wish I could have gone. FYI, you can remove that one comment if you want.

    October 23, 2010

  • Gabe

    Sorry--I threw that out there a bit last minute since Paul couldn't make it. Save it for next time. No stalking though :)

    October 23, 2010

  • Dan H

    Hi Gabe, I wish I had your cell number as I was looking for the group.

    October 23, 2010

  • Dan H

    Very educational and inspiring.

    October 23, 2010

  • Sean

    At lest there was free food and wine.

    October 22, 2010

  • Paul

    No special dress code that I know of. Jeans are usually fine at KORUS house events.

    October 21, 2010

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