It is France-Korea year and Paris is buzzing all over with this mysterious and so successful country. In music, golf and design, Koreans have made many of their names famous in the last ten years and so it seemed natural that Musée des Arts Décoratifs, dedicate two large spaces, la Grande Nef and Musée de la Mode to its artists and designers.
Visiting the exhibition early in the morning with just two other visitors, decorator Jacques Grange and galerist Pierre Passebon was a delight. Curator Karine Lacquemant, who oversaw the installation was happy to see how well Chung Hae-cho’s lacquer bowls looked and how Seo Jeong-hwa’s bench with small table, attracted the eye.
She mentioned that jewels are not worn in Korea and young designers are very intrepid at creating necklaces and bracelets in silk, silicone, velcro, or any modern sort of fabric. THis is all about very hong artist revisiting their culture and traditions with new material. Furniture and bowls are exhibited in a traditional Korean Hanok house with no doors. The exhibit is the result of perfect mix between Asian tradition and European art de vivre.
Once again, the museum enhances all the arts, from jewellery to furniture, to decorative arts. La grand Nef is the main attraction with Wonmin Park (armchairs), Bahk Jong-sun (sofas) and Jeon Yong-il (tea pot) but if you like the « tea ceremony » style the rooms on the left exhibits more classical Asian items, and the gallery on the right is devoted to jewelery and smaller pieces.
In the adjacent Museum of Fashion, traditional ramie, petticoats, kimonos and dresses are revisited by young designers André Kim, Kim Hye-soon among others. The show is fun and full of discoveries and runs until January 3, 2016, 103 rue de Rivoli, Paris.
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