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Event Details

Friday, March 24th, 2023

Asia Society Hong Kong Center

9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Cocktail Reception at Lee Quo Wei Room :

2:00pm– 3:00pm

Documentary Screening at Miller Theatre :

3:00pm – 4:30pm

Director's Talk via Zoom :

4:30pm – 5:30pm

Free admission

In French and Korean with English subtitles

This is an exquisite and piercing documentary film about the artist Kim Tschang-Yeul, who died in early 2021. He is regarded as the most recognized artists of his generation who built his body of work around the representation of a single fascinating motif – the water drop. The artist's lifetime obsession with painting water drops--the symbol of an Asian serenity--reveals the scars of war and the memories of Korea's history. This documentary was completed by his son, photographer Kim Oan, along with co-director Brigitte Bouillot, who is also a photographer, and all his family, capturing the life of his father and also an artist.

Kim Oan said that in the process of filming, he was able to spend more time with his father and ask everything he wanted to ask. It is a beautiful portrait of a relationship between father and son that reflects on the differences in culture, age, and temperament.

Being co-organized by Asia Society Hong Kong, the Korean Cultural Center in Hong Kong, and Perrotin, the event is highly expected to serve the essence of Korean art to audiences during Art Basel Hong Kong 2023.

Trailer here :

The man who paints water drops

Mar 24, 2023

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM (GMT+8)

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Justice Drive 9
Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong SAR (China)

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  • Brigitte Bouillot (Director)

    Brigitte Bouillot


  • Kim Oan (Director)

    Kim Oan


The man who paints water drops




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