CHOI JEONG HWA “HAPPY TOGETHER”

NEWSText: Aya Shomura

KIASMA, Helsinki, 2016 © Choi Jeong Hwa

KIASMA, Helsinki, 2016 © Choi Jeong Hwa

Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa is holding an exhibition “Happy Together” at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, until September 18th. He is one of the most famous contemporary artists in South Korea. He works on a broad front with visual arts as both an artist and a designer.

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Choi takes the viewer into a colourful plastic jungle. A closer look reveals that the resplendent paradise consists in fact of chains of domestic appliances stretching from the ceiling to the floor. He builds his large installations by combining local and Korean, new and old, unique and mass-produced elements, blending Korean pictorial tradition with global consumer culture. From ordinary consumer goods, such as colourful plastic vessels and cheap toys, Choi builds experiential and immersive spaces.

At the same time, the works also call our attention to the materialism in which we live and the overabundance of goods, the ubiquity of plastic. Choi finds inspiration in the chaos and beauty of the city and its people, he wants to bring something new and collectively shareable into the public space. The exhibition also includes a participatory work of art.

Choi Jeong Hwa “Happy Together”
Date: April 22nd- September 18th, 2016
Opening hours: 10:00-20:30 (Till 17:00 on Tuesday and Sunday, till 18:00 on Saturday)
Closed on Monday
Place: Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art
Address: Mannerheiminaukio 2, Helsinki
Admission: 110/8 Euro, under 18 years Free *Free on the first Wednesday of the month at 17:00 – 20:30
Tel: +358 (0)9 1733 6501
http://www.kiasma.fi

Text: Aya Shomura

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