It’s Thursday and that means it’s time for our “Arts & Culture” segment.
As usual our Kim Bo-kyoung is here in the studio with us to give us some tips and the latest updates from the arts and culture industry.
What did you bring us today?
Quite often, when we visit art exhibitions, we see paintings.
Sure, they’re awe-inspiring and inspiring, but sometimes seeing more glittering and sparkling sculptures can be more exciting.
For those looking for this type of exhibition, there is that of the contemporary French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel.
It is its largest exhibition since 2011 and showcases glass and stainless steel sculptures.
And it arrived in Korea.
Known for being the first contemporary artist to have his works permanently in the Louvre in Paris, the exhibition is already attracting many art lovers.
Let’s take a look.
The “pearl sculptures” of contemporary French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel in glistening glass and stainless steel have arrived, enchanting art lovers with their fascinating sparkles.
Known as the first artist to make his contemporary work a fixture in the Louvre, Jean-Michel Othoniel’s exhibition features more than 70 works at the Seoul Museum of Art, its outdoor park and part of the Deoksu-gung Palace.
This is the artist’s largest exhibition, since his retrospective at the Center Pompidou in Paris in 2011.
Among the works, the blue pigment bricks that look like a cool river are the centerpiece.
“26 meters long and 7 meters wide. This monumental installation work of a shimmering blue river flowing along the floor offers a unique backdrop for several” knots “made of mirrored glass, creating the artist’s poetic universe. “
The Blue River is made up of around seven thousand bricks, made in collaboration with the artisans of Firozabad, the center of the Indian glass industry.
“The pieces of glass that Othoniel uses are all hand-blown blown. This creates inevitable flaws or cracks. Each observed closely may appear incomplete, but when viewed in the form of bricks, they create a harmonious beauty, suggesting that our pain or our scars could also be considered beautiful. “
For the Louvre it was a rose.
For Seoul, Othoniel recreated his work as a plum blossom.
Inspired by plum blossoms readily used as motifs on the Deoksu-gung palace, he used it as a symbol to represent Korea’s spirit of endurance, perseverance and vitality.
The exhibition is not limited to interiors.
On a pond of the Deoksu-gung palace are seven stainless steel bead sculptures hand-wrapped in gold leaf.
Against the green landscape, these lotus flower-shaped artwork make people feel like they are in a scene from a fairy tale.
“It is so beautiful to see the flower-like exhibit on the pond while taking a walk. To see nature and the exhibit together is fantastic.”
All visitors can visit the Othoniel exhibition for free, which runs until 7 August.
It must be relaxing to take a walk in the royal palaces and admire the works of art.
Moving forward, many South Koreans have won awards on the global stage, and have I recently heard that this has been achieved by the animation industry?
Two Korean-produced animated films took home the awards at the annual Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
It is one of the most high-profile animation events in the world and at this year’s 46th edition, “Chun Tae-il: A Flame That Lives On” directed by Hong Jun-pyo and “Persona” directed by Moon Su-jin both they have won awards.
Hong’s work shares the biopic of Korean workers’ rights activist Chun Tae-il. You have won the Contrechamp Jury Distinction award, a category for feature film animations that tackle challenging topics.
Moon’s “Persona” won the Cristal Award, which is the first prize for a graduation film in the graduation shorts section.
This six-minute short had already been recognized globally for being invited to the short film competition section at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the first Korean animated film competing at Cannes.
So, Bo-kyoung, Lot of this type of services is releasing their original content and on Friday a new Korean show is expected to be released on Netflix.
What is it called and what is it about?
It is a remake of the Spanish crime thriller “La Casa de Papel” or “Money Heist” in English.
To give the full title, “Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area” will be released on Friday 24 June.
Maintaining the same dynamic as the original, the story centers on a gang of thieves led by a brilliant professor, all wearing red overalls and white masks.
The difference is that it is set in a fictional future where North Korea and South Korea will reunite.
There is a common economic area where free economic trade between the North and the South is possible, and that is where the story unfolds.
Another unique feature of the Korean version is that they wear “hahoetal”, the traditional Korean masks from Hahoe folk village in Gyeongsangbuk-do province.
During the press conference held on Wednesday, the cast and directors said that Korea’s unique backdrop and props will make the show an interesting sight for viewers.
Sounds fun, I’m looking forward to the new series.
Okay, Bo-kyoung, thanks for sharing these updates, see you next week.