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Condensation continues its world tour with a show in Seoul, after Paris and Tokyo. Conceived specifically for the Atelier Hermès, the new presentation offers a fresh perspective on the sixteen works created by artists taking part in the Foundation's programme of workshop residencies.
The renovated Atelier Hermès hosts sixteen works in crystal, silk, leather and silver plate, forging an unexpected dialogue across techniques and materials. First shown at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, the pieces were presented in their own space, defined by a wooden section of floor. Visitors to the Forum in Tokyo saw them bathed (quite literally) in a new light, while the Seoul installation focuses on the magic of their raw materials.
According to the curator, French critic Gaël Charbau, the show's latest incarnation uses shadow-play to reveal 'the time and wisdom guiding the precise gestures that have given each piece its material substance.' The approach echoes the shamanic culture still very much present in Korea today. Charbau salutes the collaboration between artists and artisans at the heart of each work: 'a genuine exchange of ideas and know-how, finding expression in their raw materials, like a magician's charm or an alchemist's secret formula.'
Each year, four young visual artists are invited by the Foundation to take up residencies in Hermès workshops across France. Condensation presents works created during these 'apprenticeships' in fine leather, crystal, silk and metalwork.
Participants have been mentored annually since 2010, by Susanna Fritscher, Richard Deacon, Giuseppe Penone and Emmanuel Saulnier. Immersed in the life of the Hermès workshops, the artists-in-residence produce new works combining artisan skills with their individual artistic vision. In Korea, these 'crucible' works are once again open to new perspectives and new interpretations.
Atelier Hermes has moved from the 3rd floor to the B1 floor after renovation.
L'Atelier, Seoul, Korea 630-26 Shinsa-Dong, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul