And thus begins my chronicle around Seoul.
Daelim Museum is located in the heart of Seoul, in a quiet street a little ways off from Gyeongbokgung Palace. It is known as Korea’s first photography museum, when it opened as Hanlim Museum in 1997 (it was renamed Daelim and moved to Seoul in 2002). Today it has evolved into a contemporary art & design museum that brings art from both home and around the world.
When we think of museums in America, we often think of big, expansive buildings with a lot of open space to walk around. Daelim Museum was the opposite of that. The building itself is nestled among other buildings, and the space is “homey”(apparently it was originally a family house). There isn’t much open space, really-things are sectioned off, you walk into different rooms-and the space expands vertically more than horizontally (there were 3 floors that held 3 different interpretations of the theme).
The exhibition on display was called “Color Your Life” and the theme was, obviously, Color, and how color is used in different types of materials to produce creative artwork and objects that affect our everyday lives.
Here are some photos (and descriptions) from my visit of works that especially caught my eye:
We start off the exhibit with a focus on photography, “Color Is Everywhere”, from six artists (Alison Anselot, Angélica Dass, Fanni williams, Joan Carreras, Maxim Nilov and Victor Wagner) which “create a journey of rediscovery though colors found in the people, food, scenery and objects around us re-illuminating the hidden aesthetic value in everyday life”.
Work by Angélica Dass, “Humanae”
Then you walk into this hallway-like space, where they have these “color meets glass” pieces. This begins the next ‘section’ which is exploring how Color is explored through Materials.
There’s cloth, leather, metal, etc. in sculptural form.
Then you go upstairs, where the next theme has expanded into how color is explored through furniture, and finally on the upmost floor, how color is explored through interior design. Thus, a sort of logical flow leads you throughout the exhibit, almost from conception to tangible product.
Overall, I really enjoyed the works I saw at Daelim Museum, and it does seem to curate fun, interesting, innovative pieces to really bring an exhibition together. They showcased a variety of artists, and it was enjoyable to really be able to see color in a purposeful and new way. With that being said however– again, as in the D Museum, I wish Korean artists would’ve been included (and if they were, more prevalently) as I do not doubt their abilities to produce designs such as these as well. I almost think this is reflective of the larger Korean societal atmosphere that so highly admires western culture so much to the point that we lose what makes Korea distinct from that. We need more Korean artists recognized internationally and that recognition won’t happen if it doesn’t begin at home.