[Currently Touring at the D Museum in Seoul, Exhibition open from June 16-October 23, 2016]
Today, we visited the D Museum. Their current exhibition is called “New British Inventors: Inside Heatherwick Studio” and features designs and projects by Thomas Heatherwick’s internationally acclaimed studio, shown in Korea for the first time.
The D Museum is actually an extension of the Daelim Museum and was opened just recently, in 2015; both museums focus on contemporary photography and design.
Here’s the view of the museum itself from the outside. A lot of geometric angles and edges– sleek black, beige and glass parts. It doesn’t seem that big from the outside, but you climb down stairs into a larger lower level once inside. Korea is a vertical world unlike the horizontal world of America.
The exhibition featured a lot of innovative and creative designs and projects from the over 180 architects and designers now part of the Heatherwick Studio. Below are just a few of the many projects they had on display.
I actually was a little sad I missed their previous exhibit, 9 Lights in 9 Rooms, (I got to see snippets from their exhibition book they had on display at their cafe) as it seemed much more matched to my aesthetic and interest, but the Heatherwick exhibit was still a nice visit. I appreciated that Korea is receiving global exhibitions now because that means we’re entering the “big” scene internationally, and I’d imagine the D Museum was very proud and happy to host this exhibit (and I was happy going through it) but I think I would’ve appreciated seeing Korean artists, architects, designers on display as well. I think because of the size of the museum, they can only have one exhibit at a time, so understandably but still regrettably, I wasn’t able to experience Korea’s art scene as much this time around. I did, however, learn of UK’s design prowess and left reminded of the capabilities of humans, coming up with solutions and ideas in ways I never could have imagined.