A Rock That Was Taught It Was a Bird


Kim Beom 김범

(Korean, b. 1963)
Overall: 146.8 x 220.5 x 127.7 cm (57 13/16 x 86 13/16 x 50 1/4 in.)
© Kim Beom
Location: not on view
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This sculptural assemblage is a commentary on authoritarian regimes.


The man in the video repeats “You are a bird!” to a rock, while a sculptural assemblage to the left features a rock posed like a bird on a bough. A Rock That Was Taught It Was a Bird is one of Kim’s poetic, poignant works on authoritarian regimes—South Korea, for example, during the 1970s and ’80s—where education was frequently used as a tool to influence people’s view about the world and themselves.

Beom Kim is a Seoul-based artist whose mixed-media works are internationally well known. His art explores the intersection of various artistic genres and media including poetry, drawing, video, painting, and installation. Kim often uses ready-made objects—in this work, a wooden table, a stone, and a tree bough—and turns them into a sculptural assemblage.
A Rock That Was Taught It Was a Bird

A Rock That Was Taught It Was a Bird


Kim Beom

(Korean, b. 1963)

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