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Ars Longa. Medicine and Art, An Endless Journey for Human Healing

Exhibition  /  11 Nov 2022  -  25 Nov 2022
Published: 28.10.2022
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Intro
Hippocrates, the father of medicine, once said, Ars longa, Vita brevis. This famous aphorism has often been translated as Art is long, life is short. However, considering the original meaning of ars which aligns closer to the word skillfulness (technē), the proverb denotes that learning and acquiring a medical skill takes so long that a lifetime may not be adequate.
 

Artist list

Han Beck, Minjung Choi, Yoonjung Choi, Jihyeon Jeon, Arang Kim, Hanna Kim, Tez Kim, Yoojung Kim, Seulgi Kwon, Jaiik Lee, Meeree Lee, Seonyong Lee, Yunhee Lee, Junsuk Min, YunWook Mun, Hwajin Oh, Jieun Park, Jounghye Park, So Young Park, Yeseul Seo, Hye Jung Sin, Jiwon Song, CoCo Sung, Jiye Yun, Sangji Yun
In the contemporary world, ars, mistranslated as fine art, is used to describe artistic practices that set the standard or goal for beauty. Like the dual meanings of ars longa, the exhibition begins at the point where medicine and art meet.

Since ancient times, medicine, as a skill dealing with life to cure diseases, has contributed to maintaining a healthy life for humankind. Following the words of Hippocrates, healthcare professionals have walked the path of medical care through scenes of accidents and diseases humans encounter - even at times of risk. We planned this exhibition to commemorate the healthcare professionals who sacrificed themselves generously throughout the pandemic and discuss the preciousness of life and dignity of humanity. In accordance with this year's theme of medicine, the medical journal “Korean Doctors’ Weekly”, marking its 30th anniversary, will co-host this exhibition.

A total of 25 artists from different fields, including contemporary art jewelry, furniture, object, and installation, will showcase around 150 artworks under the theme of medicine. As per the history of medicine, this exhibition will present works of not only folk medicine (including healing charms, mythology, and folk remedies), but also modern medicine that deals with organs, medical equipment, and drugs in specialized departments (such as internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, ophthalmology, and dermatology to list a few). In addition, the exhibition will cover a wide range of works associated with medical care, from pieces that suit a hospital environment to those that handle the primal philosophical themes of life and death.

The exhibition aims to demonstrate that both medicine and art have noble values that help cure physical and mental illnesses and wounds to bring prosperity to life. Just as the perfect achievement in life is unattainable, there is no concept of perfection in medicine and in art. As Hippocrates remarks that “life is too short to master specific skills [Ars longa, Vita brevis]”, healthcare professionals and artists continuously work to walk their path and advance human life. I hope the exhibition will generate an appreciation for medical-themed artworks and provide new opportunities for connections, discoveries, and communication in both fields.


/ Chairwoman of Pureun Culture Foundation  Hae Won Koo. November 2022

Sponsors: Pureun Culture Foundation, Korean Doctors' Weekly.

Visiting hours: 11:00~18:00 h.
 
Beck Han. Object: Intimate Distance. Medical Supply Department, 2020. Fine silver, sterling silver, resin.. 20 x 20 x 12cm. Beck Han
Object: Intimate Distance. Medical Supply Department, 2020
Fine silver, sterling silver, resin.
20 x 20 x 12cm
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Minjung Cho. Brooch: Affluence and Poverty. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2022. Plaster bandage, sterling silver, resin, pigment.. 10.5 x 14 x 8 cm. Minjung Cho
Brooch: Affluence and Poverty. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2022
Plaster bandage, sterling silver, resin, pigment.
10.5 x 14 x 8 cm
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Yoonjung Choi. Brooch: Balanced no.002. Pulmonology, 2022. Special plastic, sterling silver.. 9.5 x 11.5 x 4 cm. Yoonjung Choi
Brooch: Balanced no.002. Pulmonology, 2022
Special plastic, sterling silver.
9.5 x 11.5 x 4 cm
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Jihyeon Jeon. Brooch: Therapeutic Tool of the Mind. Medical Device Research and Development, 2022. Sterling silver, acrylic pipe, brass.. 3 x 6 x 0.6 cm. The width varies between 1.5 cm and 3 cm.. Jihyeon Jeon
Brooch: Therapeutic Tool of the Mind. Medical Device Research and Development, 2022
Sterling silver, acrylic pipe, brass.
3 x 6 x 0.6 cm
The width varies between 1.5 cm and 3 cm.
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Kim Hanna. Brooch: Wrigglingly. Neuro Ophthalmology, 2022. Acrylic, sterling silver.. 8 x 12 x 2.5 cm. Kim Hanna
Brooch: Wrigglingly. Neuro Ophthalmology, 2022
Acrylic, sterling silver.
8 x 12 x 2.5 cm
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Jaiik Lee. Brooch: Lifeform 51, 2022. Leather board, split leather, gold leaf, silver 925.. 12.2 x 4.4 x 10.7 cm. Photo by: KC Studio. From series: Lifeforms. Jaiik Lee
Brooch: Lifeform 51, 2022
Leather board, split leather, gold leaf, silver 925.
12.2 x 4.4 x 10.7 cm
Photo by: KC Studio
From series: Lifeforms
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Yunhee Lee. Object: La Divina Commedia. Philosophy of Medicine, 2022. Porcelain.. 33 x 29.5 x 10 cm. Yunhee Lee
Object: La Divina Commedia. Philosophy of Medicine, 2022
Porcelain.
33 x 29.5 x 10 cm
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Jieun Park. Brooch: Forthright. Breast Surgery, 2022. Steel, brass, acrylic lacquer, nylon thread.. 13.5 x 14 x 8 cm. Jieun Park
Brooch: Forthright. Breast Surgery, 2022
Steel, brass, acrylic lacquer, nylon thread.
13.5 x 14 x 8 cm
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Kim Arang. Brooch: Crossing the Winter Forest. Psychiatry Research Center, 2022. Cement, sterling silver, resin, gold leaf.. 10 x 15 x 5 cm. Kim Arang
Brooch: Crossing the Winter Forest. Psychiatry Research Center, 2022
Cement, sterling silver, resin, gold leaf.
10 x 15 x 5 cm
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Tez Kim. Sculpture: Birdie. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2022. PLA, plaster, acrylic paint.. 119 x 679 x 265 cm. Tez Kim
Sculpture: Birdie. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2022
PLA, plaster, acrylic paint.
119 x 679 x 265 cm
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Seulgi Kwon. Necklace: Life. Cell Laboratory, 2022. Silicone, glass, sterling silver.. 36 x 23 x 5 cm. Seulgi Kwon
Necklace: Life. Cell Laboratory, 2022
Silicone, glass, sterling silver.
36 x 23 x 5 cm
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Yoojung Kim. Brooch: Pill Series. Pharmacy, 2022. Rose quartz, green aventurine, rose gold plated sterling silver, PETG. 5.5 x 5.5 x 1.1 cm. Yoojung Kim
Brooch: Pill Series. Pharmacy, 2022
Rose quartz, green aventurine, rose gold plated sterling silver, PETG
5.5 x 5.5 x 1.1 cm
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Jiye Yun. Brooch: Cross. Psychiatry, 2022. MDF, Vivak PETG, putty, cement powder, magnet.. 7 x 7 x 2.6 cm. Jiye Yun
Brooch: Cross. Psychiatry, 2022
MDF, Vivak PETG, putty, cement powder, magnet.
7 x 7 x 2.6 cm
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So Young Park. Brooch: Proliferation, 2022. Oxidized silver, powder coating, lapis lazuli, turquoise, sapphire.. 8 x 5 x 3 cm. Brooch and necklace.. So Young Park
Brooch: Proliferation, 2022
Oxidized silver, powder coating, lapis lazuli, turquoise, sapphire.
8 x 5 x 3 cm
Brooch and necklace.
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Jiwon Song. Ring: Natural series. Medical History Research Center, 2022. Rock crystal.. 3 rings. 
. Sizes: 4 x 5 x 2 cm and 3.5 x 4.5 x 3 cm. Jiwon Song
Ring: Natural series. Medical History Research Center, 2022
Rock crystal.
3 rings. 
Sizes: 4 x 5 x 2 cm and 3.5 x 4.5 x 3 cm
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Sung Coco. Object: Dopamine. Endocrinology. Cranial Neurology, 2019. Brass, copper, thread, rack, colorful wire, glass beads, paint.. 60 x 80 x 10 cm. Wall object with a brooch.. Sung Coco
Object: Dopamine. Endocrinology. Cranial Neurology, 2019
Brass, copper, thread, rack, colorful wire, glass beads, paint.
60 x 80 x 10 cm
Wall object with a brooch.
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Junsuk Min. Ring: Circulation 2022 No.1. Hematology, 2022. Sterling silver, synthetic ruby, glycerin, PVC.. 12.5 x 8 x 10.5 cm. Junsuk Min
Ring: Circulation 2022 No.1. Hematology, 2022
Sterling silver, synthetic ruby, glycerin, PVC.
12.5 x 8 x 10.5 cm
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Seonyong Lee. Necklace: Putting on My Skin. Dermatology, 2022. Silicone.. 33.5 x 26 x 5 cm. Seonyong Lee
Necklace: Putting on My Skin. Dermatology, 2022
Silicone.
33.5 x 26 x 5 cm
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Lee Meeree. Earrings: Unempty project 20220916. Behavioral Science Research Center, 2022. Needle, recycled medical tool, fishing line, vanilla essence bottle, pearl, corallite.. 10 x 16 x 5 cm. Lee Meeree
Earrings: Unempty project 20220916. Behavioral Science Research Center, 2022
Needle, recycled medical tool, fishing line, vanilla essence bottle, pearl, corallite.
10 x 16 x 5 cm
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YunWook Mun. Sculpture: Untitled. Pediatrics, 2022. Ceramics, steel, rope.. Variable dimensions 
. Left piece: 52.5 x 21 x 46 cm
. Centerpiece: 60 x 20 x 31 cm
. Right piece: 44 x 25 x 66 cm. YunWook Mun
Sculpture: Untitled. Pediatrics, 2022
Ceramics, steel, rope.
Variable dimensions 
Left piece: 52.5 x 21 x 46 cm
Centerpiece: 60 x 20 x 31 cm
Right piece: 44 x 25 x 66 cm
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Jounghye Park. Brooch: Organ. Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2022. Hand-dyed silk, sterling silver, nickel silver.. 11 x 13.5 x 9 cm. Jounghye Park
Brooch: Organ. Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2022
Hand-dyed silk, sterling silver, nickel silver.
11 x 13.5 x 9 cm
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Yeseul Seo. Brooch: I’m Not Afraid At All. Space Dog. Veterinary Medicine, 2022. Wool felt, brass, polymer clay, plastic, fabric, thread.. 5.5 x 10 x 2 cm. Set of an object and a brooch. 
. Object sizes: 8.5 x 7 x 14.5 cm 
. Brooch sizes: 5.5 x 10 x 2 cm. Yeseul Seo
Brooch: I’m Not Afraid At All. Space Dog. Veterinary Medicine, 2022
Wool felt, brass, polymer clay, plastic, fabric, thread.
5.5 x 10 x 2 cm
Set of an object and a brooch. 
Object sizes: 8.5 x 7 x 14.5 cm 
Brooch sizes: 5.5 x 10 x 2 cm
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Yun Sangji. Brooch: The First Home. Obstetrics and Gynecology Ultrasound, 2022. Epoxy resin, sterling silver.. 8.5 x 6.6 x 1.8 cm. Yun Sangji
Brooch: The First Home. Obstetrics and Gynecology Ultrasound, 2022
Epoxy resin, sterling silver.
8.5 x 6.6 x 1.8 cm
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Hwajin Oh. Sculpture: Instead of. Orthopedics, 2022. Wool fabric, stuffing, beads, crutches, objects, .... ± 180 x 150 x 500 cm. Hwajin Oh
Sculpture: Instead of. Orthopedics, 2022
Wool fabric, stuffing, beads, crutches, objects, ...
± 180 x 150 x 500 cm
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Hye Jung Sin. Brooch: Peace. Oriental Medicine, 2022. Sterling silver.. 14.5 x 16.5 x 4.5 cm. Hye Jung Sin
Brooch: Peace. Oriental Medicine, 2022
Sterling silver.
14.5 x 16.5 x 4.5 cm
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