Artist of Perfection

Prof. Dr. Hufnagl | Former Director General | Die Neue Sammlung | The International Design Museum Munich

Kap-Sun Hwang is an outstanding figure in his métier – untiring, a researcher, someone who explores with incredible rigorousness and persistence the options offered by material, chemistry, their composition and their combination. He is an artist of perfection, a master of subtlety and reduction. Pure minimalism, but richly-facetted in an unprecedented manner. He has succeeded in uniting the ancient tradition of Korean ceramics with European colored modernism.

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1963 Born in Seoul, South Korea

1983–86 Study of Ceramics at Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea

1990 Emigration to Germany

1991–98 Study of Ceramics at Muthesius-Hochschule in Kiel, Germany

1998–2000 Freelance Collaborator at Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Meissen, Germany

2000 Visiting Professor at National Academy of Fine Arts, Hang-Zhou, China

2001 Own Studio in Kellinghusen, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

2001 Freelance Collaborator at Porzellanmanufaktur Fürstenberg, Germany

2003 Associate Professor at Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea

Elected Member of the International Academy of Ceramics AIC, Geneva, Switzerland

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About Kap-Sun Hwang

An essay by Josef Straßer | Senior Curator | Die Neue Sammlung | The International Design Museum Munich

Why would a Korean ceramic artist come to Germany to study ceramics again here, given that for centuries Asian ceramics have served as an example for Europe? Was it not initially Chinese, later Japanese and Korean porcelain that fascinated the Europeans and would not let their inquiring minds rest until they succeeded in solving the mystery of the arcane science of “white gold”, until the first European porcelain was produced 1710 in Meissen?

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