Is it an art? Yes, definitely. In the grey, heavy winter days there is no better place like the Deoksugung Seoul Museum of Art (SOA). SOA has held various exhibitions, especially after the solo exhibition of Vincent Van Gogh; SOA has held a sequential exhibition of European Artists. This time, the theme is the Pompidou Center, one of the three main museums of art in Paris along with Louvre, Orsay.
The Pompidou Center in Paris (CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU) is a representative feature museum of French modern art during the 20th century. The form of art is divided in paintings, sculpture, sketch, installation, pictures, design, architecture, and videos. The center has almost 58,000 works of 5,200 artists since 1905. Famous artist’s masterpieces like Miro , Chagall , Marisse , Picasso, Klee, and Leger’s work are on the wall.
Alfred Pacquement, director of the Musee National d’Art Moderne at Pompidou in Paris, said “This time, we have collected art work from fauvism to modernism. And this is the first time to the Pompidou holding an exhibition with this level of art work.”
This exhibition’s theme is ‘Arcadie’, a French word meaning simply heaven, for the French artists. The motive of this exhibition is heaven. There are 10 sub themes like ‘Golden Age’, ‘paradise’, ‘abundance’, ‘death’ and so on.
The audience can feel this as they step in the hall and look at the first work by looking at the picture transcription on the curtain; this is the shepherd of Arcadia. Each part of this picture becomes a theme of this whole exhibition and sub-themes. This is the fundamental idea of this whole exhibition.
Just by then, the sculpture of sheep greets the audience. This is called ‘The school of sheep’, ‘Troupeau de montours’ by Francois Xavier. This sculpture was controversial because of the faint character of this work, wondering whether this is an installation or design. It also functions as the furniture. The Sheep stands for the peace in heaven notifying the opening of exhibition.
Picasso’s work ‘Etude pour Le printemps’ continues that pastoral sceneries. Francis PICABIA greets the audience by suggesting the image of spring strongly. Work named ‘Spring’, is clear and simple smells like southern French sceneries like the artist took the stained-glass from the church.
George Brauque expresses his new arcadia by showing southern France. He admired ‘Paul Cezanne’ who often enjoyed the scenery of his own Acardia. So he discovered his new ideal world in southern France. Max Ernst also found his heaven in the southern part of France. He used the way of collages, expressing to the normal sight of river with the body of a naked woman.
Next theme is pleasure. Bonnard drew the woman’s back who is concentrating on her make-up.and he used the entire background of painting with strong yellow. He said “Color is a power which creates the abstraction.”
Next, the audience can feel the abundance, walking by Giuseppe Penone’s installation in the cube. Work named “Breathing the shade”, offers a deep scent pack of laurel leaves attached on the wall by four sides.
At the first time, when this was introduced to the public, people could feel the sublimity of vitality but as the time goes by scent and the vitality went away. People now can flash an idea of life and death.
Lastly, the exhibition is concluded by theme of ‘Harmonie’. Sky is the perfect ingredient for expressing words. Marc CHAGALL drew a big paradise in the front. This is quite impressive because the entire unrelated ingredients such as giant red backgrounds, white rainbow, city sights, the Eiffel Towel of Paris, and the burning color of red indicate the entire motif of his.
Joan MIRO’s Bleu 2 was inspired by the vacancy. It painted the black dots in the giant blue colored canvas. He said “It is like finding me in the crowds and like finding existence in the vanity.”
The exhibition does not just boast or brag, the audience can feel the modern scent of the world famous French artists by touching, feeling, and seeing those installations, paintings and videos. The exhibition continues till March 22.
Entrance Fee is 12,000 won for adults, 9,000 won for children.