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Delving deep into the magical spell of French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel
Updated: 2022-06-23 17:16:48 KST
It's Thursday and that means it's time for our "Arts and Culture" segment.
As usual our Kim Bo-kyoung is here in the studio with us to give us some recommendations and the latest updates from the arts and culture sector.
Bo-kyoung, welcome.
What have you brought for us today?

Hello Mok-yeon,
Quite often, when we visit art exhibitions, we see paintings.
Of course, they're awe-inspiring and thought-provoking, but sometimes seeing more glittering and sparkling sculptures can be more exciting.
For those looking for this type of exhibition, there's one by the French contemporary artist, Jean-Michel Othoniel.
It's his largest exhibition since 2011 and it's showcasing sculptures made of glass and stainless steel.
And, it's arrived in Korea.
Known for becoming the first contemporary artist to have his work permanently in the Louvre in Paris, the exhibition is already attracting lots of art lovers.
Let's take a look.

Glittering glass and stainless-steel French contemporary artist Jean-Michel Othoniel's "pearl sculptures" have arrived, casting a spell on art lovers with their fascinating sparkles.
Known as the first artist to have his contemporary work become a permanent fixture in the Louvre, Jean-Michel Othoniel's exhibition features more than 70 works at the Seoul Museum of Art, its outer park, and part of Deoksu-gung Palace.
This is the largest show by the artist, since his retrospective at the Center Pompidou in Paris in 2011.
Among the works, blue-pigment bricks that look like a cool river are the centerpiece.

"26 meters long and 7 meters wide. This monumental installation work of a shimmering blue river running along the floor provides a unique backdrop for several "knots" made of mirror glass, creating artist's own poetic universe."

The blue river consists of around seven-thousand bricks, made in collaboration with the artisans of Firozabad the center of India's glassmaking industry.

"The glass pieces that Othoniel uses are all handmade blown by mouth. That creates inevitable flaws or cracks. Each closely looked at could appear incomplete, but when seen in the form of bricks, they make a harmonious beauty, hinting that our pain or scars could also be deemed beautiful."

For the Louvre, it was a rose.
For Seoul, Othoniel recreated his work as a plum blossom.
Inspired by plum blossoms readily used as patterns on the Deoksu-gung Palace, he used this as a symbol to represent Korea's spirit of resistance, perseverance and vitality.
The exhibition isn't limited to indoors.
On a pond at Deoksu-gung Palace are seven sculptures stainless-steel pearls wrapped in gold leaf by hand.
Against the green landscape, these lotus-flower shaped artworks make people feel as if they are in a scene from a fairytale.

"It is so nice to see the flower-like exhibit on the pond while taking a stroll. Seeing nature and the exhibit together feels great."

All visitors can enjoy Othoniel's exhibition free of charge, and it will run until August 7th.

It must be relaxing to take a stroll around the royal palaces and enjoy artworks.
Moving on, many South Koreans have been winning prizes on the global stage, and recently I heard such achievement was made from the animation sector?

Two Korean-made animated films have brought awards back home from the annual Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
It is one of the highest-profile animation events in the world, and at the 46th edition this year, "Chun Tae-il: A Flame That Lives On" directed by Hong Jun-pyo and "Persona" directed by Moon Su-jin both won awards.
Hong's work shares the biopic of Korean workers' rights activist Chun Tae-il. It won the Contrechamp Jury Distinction prize a category for long-feature animations that tackle challenging subjects.
Moon's "Persona" won the Cristal prize, which is the top award for a Graduation Film in the graduation short section.
This six-minute short had already been recognized globally by being invited to the competition section for short films at this year's Cannes Film Festival the first Korean animated film to be competing at Cannes.

So, Bo-kyoung, Lot's of these kinds of services are releasing their own original content and on Friday, a new Korean show is due to be released on Netflix.
What's it called and what's it about?

Well Mok-yeon,
It's a remake of the Spanish crime thriller "La Casa de Papel" or "Money Heist" in English.
To give its full title, "Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area" is out on Friday, June 24th.
Keeping the same dynamic as the original, the story centers on a band of thieves led by a brilliant professor, all wearing red jumpsuits and white masks.
What's different is that it's set in an imaginary future where North and South Korea are set to reunite.
There's a joint economic area where free economic trade is possible between the North and the South, and it's there where the story unfolds.
One more unique characteristic of the Korean version is that they are wearing "hahoetal", the traditional Korean masks of Hahoe Folk Village in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province.
During the press conference held on Wednesday, the cast and the directors said Korea's own unique backdrop and props will make the show an interesting spectacle for the viewers.

Sounds fun I will look forward to the new series.
All right, Bo-kyoung, thank you for sharing these updates I will see you next week.

Thank you.
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