Bahk Seon Ghi

“Charcoal is wood transformed. Therefore, the material of all my works is wood — nothing else.”

Bahk Seon-Ghi (b. 1966) of South Korea is a renowned artist celebrated for his large-scale installations. After studying at Chung-Ang University in Seoul, he furthered his artistic skills with sculptural studies in Europe, notably at the Accademia di Belle Arti Brera in Milan and Barnet College in London, shaping his unique artistic vision. (Read More)

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Influenced by his experiences in Milan and drawing from his cultural background, Bahk’s installations fuse architecture, culture, and personal beliefs. Using natural materials like charcoal, he creates monumental installations that seemingly defy gravity, presenting everyday objects in a new light, detached from their original context.

Thematic exploration in Bahk’s work revolves around the natural cycle of life and humanity’s relationship with nature. His Aggregation series, resembling various household structures, challenges viewers to reconsider their connection to the natural world. By suspending charcoal pieces with nylon filaments, Bahk activates space, fostering a dialogue between the environment and the artwork.

Bahk is an internationally acclaimed artist, boasting numerous prestigious accolades, including the renowned Kim Chong Yung Sculpture Award. His work has been showcased in prominent international exhibitions at institutions such as the Daejeon Museum of Art in South Korea, the Seoul Museum of Art, the Haifa Museum in Israel, and San Carlo Borromeo in Milan, Italy. Furthermore, his pieces have been acquired by a multitude of significant public and private collections worldwide.



2006    9th Kimchongyung Sculpture Prize


Important Exhibitions

2018    Kim Sechoong Museum, Seoul, South Korea

2017    Walk in the Light, MOA Museum, Gonjiam, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea

2015    View-tiful, WooYang Museum of Contemporary Art, Gyeongju, South Korea

2005    2005 Artists of Today, Kim Chong Yung Museum, Seoul, South Korea

2003    Gana Insa Art Center, Seoul, South Korea

2002    World Congress of Architecture – UIA Berlin 2002, Berlin, Germany


Important Group Exhibitions

2018    GORYEO: The Glory of Korea, National Museum of Korea, Seoul, South Korea

2017    Lady Dior as seen by, Art Basel, Convention Center, HongKong, China

Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais, Paris, France

2015    A Fine Timber, Appleton Museum of Art, Florida, USA

Drawn from Nature, Asia Society Texas Center, Houston, Texas, USA

2014    City Paradise, Shanghai International Sculpture Biennale, Jing’an Sculpture Park, Shanghai, China

2011    Korean Eye, The Museum of Art and Design, New York, USA

2003    Man and Earth, International Installation Triennale, Haifa Museum, Israel

Preghiera alla terra, Modern Art Museum Pagani, Castellanza, Italy

1999    Salon of Natural Artists, Musée National de l’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France

1996    San Carlo Borromeo, Museo Permanente, Milan, Italy