Do you like art? Not many people would be excited and sincerely respond with 'yes'. However, to those of you who are not interested in the arts or simply do not like artwork, you would be familiar with several well-known pieces such as Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe's flowing dress picture over the grate, album cover for The Velvet Underground, and his Campbell's Soup Cans photo. Those three pieces of art are no longer only exhibition pieces but a part of daily life, seen on various mediums. Let's learn more about Andy Warhol with SMT.
Anything can be an art
When it comes to works of art, many people understand it as an expression of artistic inspiration that is artistically inspired after years of suffering to master one's tremendous talent. Indeed, inspiration is necessary, but inspiration doesn't always have to come from something special. Artists are inspired by what they have access to in daily life and their daily lives. Andy Warhol, a famous contemporary artist, was inspired from everyday life and showed this through his artworks. SMT reporter visited the <ANDY WARHOL: BEGINNING SEOUL> exhibition at The Hyundai Seoul to learn more about the artist Andy Warhol and his artworks.
The <ANDY WARHOL: BEGINNING SEOUL> exhibition is being held at The Hyundai Seoul ALT.1, which is in Yeouido. To get to the exhibition from Sookmyung Women's University, take Bus 400 from the Main Gate of Sookmyung Women's University and get off at Wonhyoro 2ga Station. From there, take Bus 262 to Sambu APT. Then, walk about 5 minutes to arrive at The Hyundai Seoul. The exhibition is being held on the 6th floor. The entire travel time will be about 40 minutes. Tickets can be reserved online from Naver, which offers a discount, or they can be bought at the exhibition ticket booth. If you are a member of the Hyundai department, you qualify for an additional 20% discount. Regular group docent tours are held 11, 1, and 3 o'clock on weekdays. There are no docent tours on weekends and holidays. Moreover, the docent tours can be cancelled without prior notice if the exhibition becomes crowded. More detailed information on scheduling can be found on the official Instagram page of <ANDY WARHOL: BEGINNING SEOUL> which is @andywarhol_xci.
Daily life as works of art
The <ANDY WARHOL: BEGINNING SEOUL> exhibition examines the life and work of Andy Warhol, an icon of modern pop art. Andy Warhol was born on August 6, 1928 and died on February 22, 1987. He was an American painter and film producer, famous for expressing popular images using silk screen techniques. Representative works include Absolut Vodka, Campbell's Soup Cans, Brillo Box (Soap Pads), and Marilyn Diptych. Warhol was inspired by common things in people's daily lives. He described himself as a "mirror of the world" and tried to become the machine that prints the world as it is reflected in the mirror. His work opened a new paradigm of art; it became acceptable that art was not only created from special things, but that anything could become art.
The Andy Warhol exhibition consists of a total of six exhibition halls, each introducing a part of Andy Warhol's life and his work. Visitors are prohibited from taking pictures in exhibition halls 1 and 2, but they are free to take photos from hall 3 and onwards. Before entering, visitors must use hand sanitizer, get their temperature checked, and register their QR code. After completing these precautionary steps, visitors are allowed to enjoy the exhibition. At the first hall, visitors meet Andy Warhol's most famous works, which include portraits of Hollywood stars and celebrities. It is here that visitors learn about his ideas towards fame and the philosophy behind his work. In hall 2 entitled 'ICON: NOW? NOW!', works that employed silk screen techniques are on display. Next is the special zone, where there is a chance to see Andy Warhol's work expressed as media art. In hall 3 Warhol's personal Polaroid camera and several photos he took are displayed. He is reported to have constantly carried his Polaroid camera to record his daily life. Warhol photographed both celebrities and various people of society. Next, hall 4 exhibits his political and nature-related works, and hall 5 presents a collaboration of pieces that match music with Andy Warhol. In the final hall, at the end of the exhibition, visitors can see drawings that he would work on even though he is famous for his silk screen works.
Ratings : ★★★★☆
The exhibition <ANDY WARHOL: BEGINNING SEOUL> allowed this SMT reporter to learn more about the artist and his artworks. While many people will be familiar with much of his renowned works, seeing them at an exhibition hall is a completely different feeling and an opportunity to learn more about. Not only were his works on display at one single location, but each hall in the exhibition also showed visitors how the works related to his life. It is also interesting to see his work through various media, so this reporter better understood aspects of the art. SMT reporter recommends the exhibition not only as a way of viewing his artistic works and activities, but also as a way of learning about his hobbies such as photography and musical endeavors. However, the exhibition is somewhat disappointing in that the exhibition is smaller than what this SMT reporter expected.