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NEW CURRENTS

Beneath the Surface

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Hun Kyu Kim

LONDON / SEOUL

HUN KYU KIM, The Secret Barn, 2019, pigment on silk, 135 × 100 × 2.5 cm.

Courtesy the artist and High Art, Paris.


Hun Kyu Kim’s intricate silk paintings feature provocative scenes layered with historical and popular-culture iconographies. The Secret Barn (2019), which calls to mind George Orwell’s allegorical fiction Animal Farm (1945), depicts a hierarchical society, with the central institution—a barn, shown in a sectional view—supported by a league of underground creatures. The ruling pigs have religionized their dominance, with a

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