Every October is the Design Month at K11. This year, K11 Art Foundation proudly presents Korean Contemporary Design Exhibition “Ticket to Seoul” from September 27 to November 16 in honor of this annual tradition.
Seoul has been the political, financial, and cultural heart and soul of South Korea since it was designated as the nation’s capital during the Joseon Dynasty in the 15th century. The city underwent a period of rapid urbanization in the 1960s that brought massive construction and modernization, and Seoul now carries both the legacies of its rich history and culture as well as visions of future progress and development.
The exhibits at this year’s event are categorized into four sections. The first section showcases 30 representative design project selected by 135 top Korean designers that delineate the development and history of Korean design culture from 1976 to 2011. The second section is a display of “Korean Wave” related designs and products that pay tribute to trends in Korean popular music and entertainment culture that have taken Asia by storm. The third section is a carefully curated selection of cutting-edge designs from the past two years that exemplify designs trends in contemporary South Korea. The fourth and final section “Day/Night” is a compilation of artwork by eight young emerging Korean creators; Artists, illustrator and Designers that portray their subjective observations and memories of Seoul and showcase authentic depictions of the many faces and expressions of the city these artists call home.
The Shanghai chi K11 Art Museum hopes that this exhibition will reveal, both intellectually and visually, the many facets and impressions of the city of Seoul to audiences and enable viewers to acquire a deeper understanding of the development and history of design culture in Korea.