The Daelim Museum in Seoul is the nation’s home of international contemporary art. This summer, the main exhibition is Tong’s Vintage, which focuses on sustainability. Join me on my journey through this fun, free art exhibition at Daelim Museum in Seoul!
Tong’s Vintage exhibition
Tong’s Vintage is the current exhibition running from May to July 2021 at Daelim Museum. The team of artists aim to spread awareness of the environmental impact of waste through art. The exhibition is organized into 7 sections each showcasing common materials.
I first visited the Plastic Zone, which was a huge collection of vintage toys. In fact, the section brought back many of my childhood memories. I wonder if I owned some of these toys when I was younger and that is why they feel so familiar?
I was paid close attention to one piece of artwork called Stack and Stack (In Pandemic). This work was made entirely of disposable face masks that we have been using globally for over a year now, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The amount of waste produced from these masks alone was so huge that I felt cautious about my everyday practices.
Moving to the upper floor, you will find the Fabric Zone. As you might imagine, this zone concentrates on wasteful consumerism in the Fashion and Furniture industries. This section had a more positive atmosphere than the last, as it displayed advice for living a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
Another zone with a positive atmosphere was the Wood and Paper Zone. Moreover, this zone felt like a refreshing break, as wood and paper are bio-degradable materials. Here, you’ll find vintage wooden gramophones, paper LP covers and furniture made from recycled cardboard boxes. This zone eloquently demonstrates the possibility of granting new life to discarded materials.
Participate in the Campaign
This exhibition is not just for displaying art, but to spread awareness and inspire people to combat climate change. Visitors to the museum are encouraged to post a photo on social media of an environmentally-friendly practice in their daily life, with the hashtags #CHANGEWEMAKE #DaelimMuseum.
I would recommend this exhibition to anyone, as we should all be more aware of our environmental impact. However, it is a hugely significant and creative showcase of contemporary art, ideal for art lovers and newbies alike. Bring a friend to enjoy the experience as you will be able to share opinions and also take fun pictures there.
Good to Know
Admissions: Free but reservation is required in advance (see website.)
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