EXID Hani, who is dating Jaewoong Yang, said, “Love is embracing someone’s universe.”
EXID Hani, who is dating Jaewoong Yang, said, “Love is embracing someone’s universe.”
'Guys Who Cross the Line - The Collection' Jeon Hyun-moo, Yoo Byung-jae, and Hani admired the collection of artist Kim Hwan-ki and were moved by his life as an artist and the love of his wife who supported him.

MBC's 'Guys Who Cross the Line - The Collection' (hereinafter referred to as 'The Fairies'), which aired on the 5th, featured a special feature on artist Kim Hwan-ki, the 'Picasso of Korea', the subject of 13.2 billion won, the highest auction price ever for a domestic art work. The members looked through Kim Hwan-ki's diary and letters and looked into his work and life.

There was a story about artist Kim Hwan-ki that left a deep impression on the members. It was a love story with his ‘soul partner’, Mrs. Kim Hyang-an. 'They say spring comes from Gangnam, and if our island is Gangnam, then Seoul's spring also came from our island' and 'I feel like my hometown is where my lover is'. Expressions of love like poems by artist Kim Hwan-ki in the letters were expressed in the hearts of the members. also melted. Mrs. Kim Hyang-an attracted attention with the story of how she gave up the name 'Byun Dong-rim' and received the nickname 'Hyang-an' from artist Kim Hwan-ki despite opposition from her family.

Mrs. Kim Hyang-an also drew admiration as an absolute supporter who enhanced the artistic value of artist Kim Hwan-ki. When artist Kim Hwan-ki dreamed of moving to Paris, Mrs. Kim Hyang-an went on a field trip first, conducted sales herself with his portfolio, and even took on the role of an interpreter to provide support. In addition, he devoted himself to studying art. Mrs. Kim Hyang-an's words, 'Love is something that grows together,' explained their love. Hani commented on Mrs. Kim Hyang-an's girl-crush charm, saying, "She seems like the best management representative," and Jeon Hyun-moo said, "Can you see this as a favor to her? He did too much to be called my assistant. “It should be viewed as cooperation rather than internal support,” he expressed.

The members viewed Kim Hwanki's works from his time in Paris at the 'Hwanki Art Museum'. First, ‘Plum Blossom and Jar’ caught the eye. Like the moon jar, which is more attractive because it is not standardized, the beauty of Korea was incorporated into the work. ‘To be global, shouldn’t we be the most national? Artist Kim Hwan-ki's record that 'art seems to be a song of a powerful nation' gave us an idea of his deep meaning. The work ‘Sacred Heart’ felt even more special because it contained the feelings of artist Kim Hwan-ki, who was unable to protect his mother on her deathbed during his time in Paris.

Next, the story of artist Kim Hwan-ki's unique painting style held in New York continued. The members fell into the ‘world of dots’, overwhelmed by the aura of his signature ‘full ignition’. Artist Kim Hwan-ki devoted himself to painting 16 hours a day despite not being able to settle down in New York and experiencing economic difficulties. The masterpiece created after overcoming difficulties is ‘Space’, which recorded a winning bid of 13.2 billion won. 'Universe', a pair of two works, is also called You and I, Man and Woman, Yin and Yang, and Jeon Hyun-moo said, "Wasn't it Hyang-an and Hwan-gi? He added, “Because the two universes met.” In this way, artist Kim Hwan-ki achieved success in eight years and left an exhibition that was well-received by the New York Times.

The last work the members saw attracted attention with a different atmosphere from previous paintings. The unfinished painting, presumed to be artist Kim Hwan-ki's posthumous work, still had smudged dots and sketch marks as if he had been struggling. After artist Kim Hwan-ki passed away, Mrs. Kim Hyang-an established the Whanki Foundation and is said to have made her husband's unfulfilled dream come true.

Hani, who was moved by the collection that day, said about love, “They say, ‘To love someone is to embrace that person’s universe.’ “I think this is what it looks like to embrace and embrace someone’s universe (the whole thing),” he said. The two soloists, Jeon Hyun-moo and Yoo Byeong-jae, also seemed very impressed. Jeon Hyun-moo shouted, “Where is my Kim Hyang-an?” Yoo Byung-jae ended the tour cheerfully by saying, “I want to be in love,” and “I want to meet a partner who will mature me, who is like an unfinished moon jar.” The life of genius painter Kim Hwan-ki, who worked hard to promote Korean art to the world, and the love of Kim Hyang-an, who supported him, left a deep impression on viewers.

Kim Ji-won, Ten Asia reporter bella@tenasia.co.kr translated by google