Since the successful hosting of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, which brought the country to center stage of world recognition, Korea has incessantly transformed itself. The Land of the Morning Calm has been the center of economic miracles, technological revolutions, and cybernetic inventions. Open to changes of the mind and in constant evolution, Korea has seen the rise of contemporary artists, who reflect the dynamism of their country. These artistic territories come together, confront and question each other in the Espace Louis Vuitton's autumn exhibition entitled "Metamorphoses, Korean trajectories".
The artists' works presented are naturally inspired by changes in bodies, society and architecture, but the key concern seems to remain that of identity. It notably explodes in Hyungkoo Lee's gallery of evolution, while Do Ho Suh's interlocking figures are extracted to a point before taking off in a spiral. Again, it is a resonant feature of the figurative paintings specially created for the exhibition by Suejin Chung. The wounded landscapes of the painter Heryun Kim help us move from the animal to the individual, unless there is a border, deeply entrenched in the mind, continuing to make north and south two distinct banks. A wealth of metaphors for a post-modern humanity is explored in which humour and the absurd serve to question the representation of man.
To highlight the exhibition, the Espace Louis Vuitton has invited the Flying City collective to design an installation based on an imaginary city in one of the windows at the Maison des Champs-Elysées.
Exhibition: "Metamorphoses, Korean trajectories"
from 1st October to 1st March 2009
Artists: Do Ho Suh, Beom Kim, Hyungkoo Lee, Ham Jin, Sookyung Yee, Yong-seok Oh, Heryun Kim, Jeon Joonho, Suejin Chung, Flying City
Exhibition curator: Hervé Mikaeloff
Staging design: Alain Batifoulier