David LaChapelle’s powerful as well as controversial yet undeniably alluring collections of images are back for his second solo exhibition in Seoul. With his works spanning from his ‘dark ages’ (which started at the age of 15) to the 2013 Land Scape sculpture series, Ara Museum in Insa-dong has the honor of representing LaChapelle this time. LaChapelle, an artist who did anything to survive in the field of photography, jumped at the opportunity handed to him by Andy Warhol at Interview Magazine. On being a high school dropout, he notes that this phase of his life is his substitute for university. LaChapelle, a self-proclaimed workaholic, worked day and night striving to create new images that the world had never seen. As a result, he was granted the title "Fellini of photography" and a long list of celebrity clients. However, as he grew, he began to question everything he loved doing while his ideas became increasingly ambiguous and distant for the mainstream to grasp. Having burnt himself out, he left the industry with the plan to start a farm in Hawaii. Yet, he was soon invited to showcase his work at a German gallery. The opportunity which was much less commercial in its essence compared to what he had been used to lead LaChapelle to truly embark in his fine arts career with a new dimension of work; He was no longer bound by the constraints of and pressure from the fashion and celebrity photography which he had been known for all along. In such a course, LaChapelle began
Night at the Museum – many have surely fantasized about it. And being here in Seoul, one might wonder what it would be like if Yongsan’s National Museum of Korea were to come alive. Unfortunately, the collection being shown right now are centered on art, hence no dolls or animals to go around the museum at night. It could also be because of the absence of Ahkmenrah and his tablet. Although there may be no coming-to-life artifacts, the special exhibition “Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum” will surely have the National Museum crowded. As one of the largest museums in Asia, the National Museum of Korea presents two or three “blockbuster class” exhibitions every year, and luckily, this year, in collaboration with the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the museum is featuring 229 treasures from the ancient Egyptian collection. The Brooklyn Museum is also well known for its comprehensive Korean art collection and has a dedicated Korean Gallery space to display Korean art and culture. So, yes I had to go see it. At 11 o’clock on a weekday, I did not expect to see a huge crowd that was so apparent even from afar. Getting closer to the crowd, I realize that school holidays have begun; there were flocks of students eager to get in. At that moment, I knew it was impossible to have a leisurely viewing in the exhibition. It was a nightmare. As a loving and generous adult, it didn’t seem right to work myself into a pool of boisterous children. Kids, I would love to actually see the
Taking a new approach using new media and technology, S-Factory in Seongsu-dong presents a modern media art exhibition of the celebrated Viennese artist Gustav Klimt. Unlike the traditional method—of viewing renowned paintings hung on museum walls—this exhibition allows us to experience the works of art complimented by music, lighting, LED screens and more. Divided into 6 sections (End of Century, Ver Sacrum, Women, Stocklet Frieze, Later Colors and Kiss), each section offers unique insight into the Austrian symbolist painter. Outside the main exhibition, visitors can experience a virtual reality of a Stoclet Palace dining room decorated with an artwork which Klimt was commissioned to create.
Codex (da Vinci’s collection of scientific recordings) takes a modern twist, allowing viewers to break the boundaries of art and science, at DavinciCodex exhibition at Culture Station 248. Although at times the connection between the artwork and Leonardo may be not as solid, it is more important to understand that some of these works have been inspired from the Codex or can be connected with many of da Vinci’s philosophies. The first piece of the exhibition (Shylight by Studio Drift) for example, glorifies nature going along with what da Vinci once said, “The most wise and noble teacher is nature.” As you watch the floral white drapes fall in accordance to the mellow background music, you will be astounded by the pure beauty of the blossoming drapes highlighted by the hidden light inside. This poetic experience of gazing upwards at the symbolic movement subtly triggers you to investigate the relationship between art, nature, humanity and technology, setting the mood for the rest of the exhibition. On the other hand, works by Leonardo3 (a studio dedicated to researching and incarnating the designs and texts of da Vinci) are what allows us to critically examine the Codex and brilliance of Leonardo’s thinking. Unfortunately, all of these pieces that are scattered throughout the exhibition are somewhat disappointingly stagnant. Although an interactive digital platform offers additional information of the models along with videos on how the mechanisms function, it would have be