Helsinki - Exhibition

Choi Jeong Hwa: Happy Together

Kiasma

22 Apr 201619 Sep 2016

“Happy Together” by the Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa 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.

Choi 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 (b. 1961) 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.

  • Happy happy © Choi Joeng HwaHappy happy © Choi Joeng Hwa
  • Choi Joeng Hwa. . Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Petri VirtanenChoi Joeng Hwa. . Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Petri Virtanen

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