Almine Rech London presents Water Drops, the first posthumous exhibition of Korean artist Kim Tschang-Yeul (1929-2021), opening on March 4, 2021. The exhibition will span the career of Kim Tschang-Yeul's work, conceived to celebrate the full scope of his artistic legacy.
The hyper-realistic waterdrops, synonymous with the Korean artist Kim Tschang-Yeul, stand alone. Glistening, plump and precious, Kim has a prodigious sensitivity to the poetics of water. To follow Gaston Bachelard, ‘the material imagination of water is a special type of imagination.’  If an element has universally been ascribed the high value of purity, it follows that it must be powerful. As Bachelard said, ‘It is not infinity which I find in waters but depth.’ 
 Bachelard, G. (1983) Water and Dreams: An Essay on the Imagination of Matter, Dallas: The Pegasus Foundation p. 6
 Bachelard, G. (1983) Water and Dreams: An Essay on the Imagination of Matter, Dallas: The Pegasus Foundation p. 8
- Dr Cleo Roberts, writer and lecturer