Exhibitions at Atelier Hermès in 2023

Christian Bonnefoi in his studio, 2023 © Tadzio
Christian Bonnefoi in his studio, 2023 © Tadzio
Christian Bonnefoi in his studio, 2023 © Tadzio
Christian Bonnefoi in his studio, 2023 © Tadzio
At the heart of the Maison Hermès in Seoul (Korea), Atelier Hermès is an exhibition space dedicated to new work by contemporary artists. Overseen by artistic director Soyeon Ahn, its programme foregrounds Korean contemporary art – in particular, exhibiting work by the laureates of the Hermès Foundation Missulsang – whilst offering counterpoints through invitations extended to artists from across the world.

The 2023 season opens with the first exhibition in Korea by French artist Christian Bonnefoi (b. 1948). Entitled “The Race of a Hare”, it brings together nineteen pieces from six emblematic series by the artist. Bonnefoi has worked for decades to renew the conceptual basis of painting itself, long defined by its two-dimensionality. In the mid-1970s, he took up collage, cutting up the motifs on his canvases and splicing them with other media to play with effects of transparency, thus liberating painting from its two dimensions by revealing the reverse side. In Seoul, the public will be able to discover pieces from the Dos (“backs”) series, inspired by reliefs by Matisse, whose vision was fundamental to Bonnefoi’s approach. Other pieces provide further insights into his singular practice, the theoretical basis of which is supported by his writings as art historian and author.

Visual arts
South Korea
The exhibition by Christian Bonnefoi brings together nineteen pieces by this artist intent on renewing the concept of painting itself.
Under artistic director Soyeon Ahn, Atelier Hermès is primarily dedicated to foregrounding Korean contemporary art.
Invitations extended to artists from across the world complete the programme at the exhibition space.


  • Exhibition dates
    • Christian Bonnefoi, "The Race of a Hare",  from 24/03/2023 to 28/05/2023
  • Practical information

    Maison Hermès Dosan Park B1F
    B1F 7, Dosan-daero 45-gil, Gangnam-gu, Séoul, Corée du Sud

    Free entrance

  • Curator

    Soyeon Ahn

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