An unusual exhibition has opened in Korea where visitors can compare the works of Joseon artists with the works of renowned video artist Paik Nam-june. In our next report, we take you to an exhibition blending traditional and modern arts.
A rabbit gazes at the moon on a TV screen. Neither the folkloric rabbit nor the moon on the screen is realistic, but they are somehow emotionally appealing. The late Joseon period artistic genius Jang Seung-eop drew a dog beneath the full moon. It's fun for visitors at this exhibition to compare the imaginative and poetic expressions by the two great artists.
[Soundbite] Lee Jin-myung(Kansong Art and Culture Foundation) : "Paik Nam-june's rabbit is very humorous. It looks at the place where it used to live, whereas the moon portrayed by Jang Seung-eop appears very sorrowful and intimate."
A statue of the Buddha sitting in front of a television meditates silently, watching its own image on TV. This painting by Joseon period artist Choi Buk more than 200 years ago is also about meditation, but it portrays a Buddhist monk with anguish on his face. Enlightenment is something that must be achieved through individual effort. This exhibition juxtaposes the media art works of 20th century contemporary art giant Paik Nam-june and priceless paintings kept at the Kansong Art and Culture Foundation based on their similarities.
[Soundbite] Seo Jin-seok(Curator, Nam June Paik Art Center) : "This exhibition is meaningful because it represents an attempt to connect the past and the present, as well as traditions and an innovative future."
Brushes and ink versus television and video... Although these artworks were created using different tools, the artistic spirits of the masters who created them and paved the way for Korean art transcend time to move people's hearts.