WOMEN AND JARS, KIM WHANKI, c.1950, OIL ON CANVAS, 281 × 568 CM. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART, SEOUL ©Whanki Foundation·Whanki Museum – TAASA Review December 2021


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as a large-scale wall painting for a new house in Seoul built for Jung Jaeho, chairman of the Samho Group which had become Korea’s biggest textile conglomerate in the 1950s.

As the Samho Group went into decline in the late 1960s this work found its way onto the art market, where it was acquired by Samsung (MMCA 2021:8).

It has only recently entered the collection of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul, a gift from the estate of Samsung Group chairman billionaire Lee Kun-hee who died in 2020...