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The Hermès Foundation Missulsang is extending its support for young Korean contemporary artists, with a Paris residency designed to showcase their work on the international scene. The new initiative reflects the Foundation’s determination to accompany new art in the making, ahead of an exhibition at the Atelier Hermès in Seoul.
For the past 15 years, the Hermès Foundation Missulsang has supported young Korean contemporary artists with an annual exhibition of selected works, and a concluding award. From 2015, the award will be presented every two years, enabling the winner to take up a residency in France and receive support for the making of new works to be exhibited at the Atelier Hermès in Seoul. The new formula reflects the Foundation’s commitment to support the production of new artworks and help young artists as they emerge and integrate with the international scene.
The winner will now be announced at the outcome of a new selection process engaging more closely with the artists involved. Five leading Korean figures will each propose two visual artists. The ten entries will be assessed by a four-person Franco-Korean jury, including one leading French artist who will subsequently act as the winner’s mentor, throughout his or her Paris residency in particular. Five shortlisted artists will subsequently be invited to present their work to members of the jury during a visit to their studio, after which the winner will be announced.
Following the award, the winner will take part in an autumn residency at the Cité des Arts in Montmartre, working in an international context while at the same time engaging fully with Paris life and the city’s thriving art scene, supported and encouraged by his or her mentor. One year later, the Atelier Hermès in Seoul will host a solo exhibition of the winner’s work, produced during the residency in France.