PKM Trinity Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works by the last living legend of Pop Art, Claes Oldenburg (1929- ) and Coosje van Bruggen (1942-2009) from November 15th, 2012 through January 31st, 2013. As the first major exhibition in Korea to present the comprehensive body of works by Claes Oldenburg and his collaborator and wife Coosje van Bruggen, this retrospective-scale exhibition includes the maquettes, indoor sculptures of various sizes, rare drawings, and documentary materials of their signature environment works dating from 1970s to the present. PKM Trinity Gallery presents 2 indoor scuptures that measure over 3 meters in height, 'French Horns, Unwound and Entwined' (2005) and 'Leaning Clarinet' (2006), in Times Square, which is the largest multicultural complex in Korea in order to offer the opportunity for a wider public audience to view the work in a public setting.
Born in Stockholm, Sweden, and working in New York since the late 1950s, Claes Oldenburg is internationally celebrated for his uniquely humorous and surrealistic sculptural works that portray everyday objects in various sizes and materials. Suggesting the beauty of irony and encouraging a new way of looking at the familiar everyday surroundings, Oldenburg’s work has received remarkable responses from the art world from the beginning of his career, establishing him as one of the most influential contemporary artists by the late 1970s. Oldenburg and van Bruggen started their collaborative works in 1971 with 'Trowel I' (1971-76), installed in the sculpture garden of Kröller-Müller Museum in Netherlands. Since then, van Bruggen spent the rest of her life as Oldenburg’s artistic collaborator and companion until her death in 2009. Their large scale projects around the world — such as 'Spoonbridge and Cherry' (1988) in Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 'Saw, Sawing' (1996) in Tokyo International Exhibition Center, 'Cupid’s Span' (2002) in Rincon Park in San Francisco, and the much sensational and controversial work 'Spring' (2006) in Cheonggyecheon, Seoul — have become famous landmarks in numerous cities. Other than realizing such grand scale works in various sites, Oldenburg and van Bruggen held touring exhibitions with Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (1977-80), a solo exhibition at Guggenheim, New York (1986), and a large-scale retrospective exhibition at Guggenheim (1995) which toured throughout Germany and England. As recent exhibitions, the solo exhibition The Sixties, curated and exhibited by Museum of Modern Art in Austria in February 2012 will travel to Museum Ludwig in Cologne (June 22nd - Sept. 30th, 2012), Bilbao Guggenheim Museum (Oct. 30th, 2012 - Feb. 17th, 2013), Museum of Modern Art in New York (April 14th - Aug. 3rd, 2013), and Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (Sept. 14th, 2013 - Jan. 12th, 2014).
This comprehensive exhibition of Oldenburg and van Bruggen’s oeuvre at PKM Trinity Gallery in November 2012 presents large-scale indoor sculptures of instruments, food and everyday objects, as well as rare drawings and prints. In particular, the instrument-sculptures of horn, clarinet, saxophone, harp and metronome are from the ‘Music Room’ of the old castle in the French Loire Valley which the couple purchased in 1992. Of the rare drawings, about 10 of them from the exhibition were the fundamental sketches for 'Spring' in Cheonggyecheon, Korea. Presenting maquettes of the two artists’ major public sculptures such as 'Golf Typhoon', 'Monument to the Last Horse', and 'Knife Ship 1:12', this sensational exhibition invites the audience to the wonderful art world of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.