So Distant, So Near: Ji-Young Demol Park – Lee Lee Nam

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Category: The arts

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: 5 Continents

ISBN: 9791254600504

RRP: $56.99


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To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and South Korea, this volume offers a unique point of view on the work of Ji-Young Demol Park and Lee Lee Nam. The evocation of nature unfolds through connections interwoven over the centuries between culture and objects, materials, colours, and motifs. Jade- and pine-coloured decorated ceramics, cobalt oxide for the horizon, porcelain white as snow or the moon, all feature in the work of both artists, their gazes meeting and reflecting in the landscapes of a great painter of old, Jeong Seon (1676-1759). Despite all their differences, the mountains rendered in ink by Ji-Young Demol Park and Lee Lee Nam’s virtual landscapes are truly united by the uniqueness of their relationship with this cultural heritage as well as the strength of their individual universes, oriented towards the re-enchantment of nature. Text in English and French. AUTHOR: Laure Schwartz-Arenales has a degree from the École du Louvre and a doctorate from the Paris-Sorbonne University. She began her career at the Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet and at the École du Louvre where she taught Far-Eastern Art. In 2007, the Kajima Foundation for the Arts gave her an award for her research on Japanese painting (Tohoku University, Kyoto National Museum). She was a professor at Ochanomizu University and then at Sophia University (Tokyo), and since 2018 she has been the director of the Fondation Baur, Musée des Arts d’Extrême-Orient in Geneva. 70 colour illustrations

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