JEON has been continuously attracting attention from the international art sphere through his unique interpretation of the socio-political environment of his country, Korea. Although the dominant narrative of his work is based on the Korean society, the multi-layered reality he depicts remains universal at its core with his commentary on the general conditions of human beings. Moreover, with his refined expertise in creating images using different media, he is more than unique in regard to his artistic depth and technical virtuosity.
Notable past representations of JEON’s work include, Scai the Bathhouse in Tokyo (2009), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris (2008), Perry Rubenstein Gallery in New York, Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (2007), British Museum in London (2005), and City Art Centre Edinburgh in Edinburgh (2004). Important group exhibitions include Singapore Biennale, Lichtsicht Biennale (2013), Gwangju Biennale, Kassel dOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (2012), Yokohama Triennale (2011), Kunstmuseum Bochum (2010), The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2009), Moscow Biennial (2009), Nanjing Triennale, Ljubljana Biennale (2007), Singapore Biennale (2006), and Gwangju Biennale (2004). JEON was also the recipient of 2007 Grand Prix of the 27th Biennial of Graphic Art in Ljubljana and 2004 prize at the Gwangju Biennial. From 2009, he has been contemplating about contemporary art and its significance, expendability of exhibitions and the absence of critique. The collaboration with MOON Kyungwon was to create a chance to make practical art that is purely self-reflective. Since then, artist’s individual work and collaboration have been progressing in parallel. In 2012, MOON Kyungwon and JEON Joonho participated in Kassel Documenta13 as the first Korean artist in the last 20 years. In the same year, they were awarded the ‘Noon’ Art Prize from Gwangju Biennale and also ‘The Korea Artist Prize’ from the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea.
JEON Joonho’s work is included in the collections of world’s major institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Contemporary Art Society in London, Uli Sigg Foundation, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea, Seoul Museum of Art, Gyeonggi Museum of Art, and Amorepacific Museum of Art and many others.