"Revisit the Past" is the chosen theme for the year 2017 at the Atelier Hermès in Seoul. Designed to mark the reopening of the space following renovation works, the programme is made up of three sections that each question the past in order to trace a path towards the future.
Kim Minae, Kim Yunha, Kim Heecheon, Park Kijong, Baek Kyungho and Yoon Hyangro. Six emerging artists, each personally invited by curator Kim Yunyoung, who have assembled for an enriching dialogue concerning works "between the past and the present, between the present and the future". Looking ahead to a collaborative future. The exhibition’s title – "O philoi, oudeis philoi" – borrows an ancient saying attributed to Aristotle, stressing the "duality of friendship, its potential and its impossibility". A resolutely forward-thinking exhibition.
"When Two Galaxies Merge", is the second exhibition in 2017 at the Atelier Hermès. This distinctive project – part-exhibition, part-performance, where "anything is possible" – is the brainchild of Korean artist Yangachi. The space is reconceived as a stage ready to host a performance, a series of sculptures in light and sound, and four videos. Six key themes, intimating at uncertainty: the Continental Drift Club (a secret society dedicated to the legacy of the German scientist Alfred Wegener), 5G, insomnia, Seoul, hypnosis and love. Like that moment "when the un-encounterable encounter, or when the inevitably encounterable do so, which is akin to a moment when love begins".
Rosa Maria Unda Souki has traced the artistic journey of Frida Kahlo. The artist’s in-depth study of the Mexican icon’s home, the Casa Azul, has resulted in a series of 55 drawings and 55 oil paintings. "On the Corner of Londres and Allende Streets (1938-1954)" presents a selection of works from this series, accompanied by a documentary about Rosa Maria Unda Souki’s research. A chance to reassess a hidden history of art and women.