AHL Foundation Presents The Inaugural AHL-Founder S.N.Kim Grant Show Ran Hwang, Breathwave In Harlem

February 9, 2024

AHL Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting contemporary artists of Korean heritage, on February 15, 2024 – March 8, 2024, at the AHL Foundation, at 2605 Frederick Douglass Blvd. #C1, Harlem, NY.

Is proud to announce the opening of the inaugural AHL-Founder S.N.Kim Grant Invitational Exhibition titled “Ran Hwang: Breathwave.”

This exhibition is planned as part of the AHL Foundation’s ongoing efforts to support and foster networking and collaboration among award-winning artists over the past 20 years.

AHL Foundation’s President, Sook Nyu Lee Kim, who founded the Foundation in 2003 and currently serves as its president, launched for the first time this year, aims to continue this tradition by providing funding to facilitate ongoing collaboration and support among award-winning artists.

The inaugural exhibition features the solo show of artist Ran Hwang, the recipient of the AHL Foundation’s 1st Contemporary Art Award and the 2017 AHL Foundation-Jason J. Kim Grant.


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Born in Korea and active in New York, Ran Hwang creates large iconic figures that embody her preoccupation with the nature of cyclical life, non-visibility and the beauty of a transient moment.

Her earlier career in the fashion industry and the personal memories of the 9/11 attack have led her to adopt everyday materials into delicate and dramatic works, whereas the artist’s lifetime practice of Zen Buddhism has blended into the sophisticated hand-work accompanied by repetition and penance.

Through her performative and conceptual approach, Hwang depicts the time of reflection and rumination of a human being in society. 

Hwang’s work permanently resides in the collections of internationally acclaimed venues, including the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Deji Art Museum in Nanjing, Dubai Opera House, Des Moines Art Center in Iowa, New York University and National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul. 

Her work has been exhibited internationally at institutions and galleries including Leila Heller Gallery in New York (2021, 2017, 2014, 2012) and Dubai (2023, 2021, 2019), Asian Civilizations Museum in Singapore (2017), UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (2015), Mass MoCA in Boston (2015), Fondation d’entreprise Hermès in Singapore (2014), Hakgojae Gallery in Seoul (2010) and Kashya Hildebrand Gallery in Zurich (2009), the Facebook New York Headquarter in 2021.

Recently, she has successfully done her exhibition in Baker Museum in Florida, USA in 2023, and in April 2024, her exhibition “Singing from the Dark Times” is scheduled for the Venice Biennale NDH.

President Sook Nyu Lee Kim stated, “Over the past 20 years, AHL Foundation has supported over 100 Korean artists, curators, and researchers with annual funding exceeding $50,000. Through this process, we have witnessed the growth of talented Korean artists.

With this grant, we look forward to continued collaboration with AHL Foundation award-winning artists. In that sense, we are delighted to invite Ran Hwang, the inaugural recipient of the first AHL Foundation Contemporary Art Award, as the first exhibiting artist in this series.

We hope many people will enjoy the spectacular and delicate installation work by Ran Hwang, which will encompass the entire AHL Foundation gallery during the exhibition period.”

Photo credits: 1-4) AHL Foundation.

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