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Delving deep into the magical spell of French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel Updated: 2022-06-24 16:14:22 KST

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.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News.
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