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Hermès Foundation Missulsang 2014 at the Atelier Hermès

15th annual prize for Korean contemporary art. Jang Min-Seung awardee 2014.

The Atelier Hermès celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Hermès Foundation Missulsang. Administered and awarded by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès since 2008, the annual award is presented by an international jury, to an emerging artist on the contemporary Korean scene

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Hermès Foundation Missulsang 2014 at the Atelier Hermès
© Kiyong Nam

The three finalists for the 15th Hermès Foundation Missulsang offer a rich, hybrid contribution to the annals of this major annual prize. On show at the Atelier Hermès, Sulki & Min, Yeo Daham and Jang Min-Seung each take a collaborative and critical approach, questioning the discipline of contemporary art.

The laureate, Jang Min-Seung, born in 1979, draws on past careers in design and music to nourish his often collaborative art projects. His photography addresses emptiness and absence, asserting the impact of formal beauty on narrative and encouraging a genuinely spontaneous response from individual viewers.

Korean designers Sulki & Min (Sulki Choi and Min Choi) are both graduates of Yale University. The duo seeks to transcend the classical concept of design, too often defined and limited by its decorative function. Their productions – posters, visual identities and catalogues – apply a concrete methodology encouraging us to contemplate and reconfigure the paradigm of communication.

Finally, Yeo Daham (b. 1984) creates installations drawing on a range of media, including video and graphic design. His collaborative practice often involves working with musicians. His ambitious projects bring new vitality to the contemporary art scene while at the same time denouncing its artificiality. Successive works seeks to enrich the artist’s own expressive space within the system he explores and critiques.

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