With curator Soyeon Ahn now overseeing its artistic direction, Atelier Hermès hosts “Au Magasin de Nouveautés”, a project by Sojung Jun (b. 1982), 18th laureate of the Hermès Foundation Missulsang. Ahead of this exhibition, Jun undertook a four-month residency in Paris in 2019. During her stay she was guided by the writings of Korean poet Yi Sang (1910-1937), borrowing the title of one of his poems as the name of the exhibition. The artist produced a video that juxtaposes her contemporary urban exploration of Seoul, Paris and Tokyo with the writings of Yi Sang, who theorised about a “modernity of imitation”. This ambitious video work is accompanied by a series of sculptures created using recycled materials. Jun also presents an essay dedicated to the poet’s work, created from her exchanges with fellow admirers of his oeuvre. Through these multiple facets, her exhibition explores the tensions inherent in the act of translating history, culture and time.
The exhibition "Elsewhere" brings together five artists from the contemporary Korean scene around the theme of the "elsewhere". Exploring the domains of psyche and subconsciousness, they offer a unique spatial experience, that questions our usual visual perception. Using a wide range of techniques (installation, drawing, video, etc.), Donghee KIM, Heecheon KIM, Kwang-Ju SON, Sangho NOH et Jaiyoung CHO, operate in the architectural space of Atelier Hermès, by creating their “parallel world”, timeless spaces where the boundaries between dream and reality are gradually fading away.