MIMOOL in South Korea

Exhibition  /  01 Sep 2017  -  09 Sep 2017
Published: 31.08.2017

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On the third venue of the exhibition, MIMOOL brings together 21 contemporary jewellery makers from Japan, Denmark and South Korea.
MIMOOL 微物 is a Buddhist belief that Korea, China and Japan share and encompasses the notion that even seemingly insignificant things have meaning in this world, because everything is connected. The term MIMOOL often refers to small, seemingly insignificant living things such as insects (butterflies and bees) or other living things that are smaller than human beings. Buddhism embraces the belief that all life forms are interrelated, and that we must always respect all living things around us, despite their size or shape. This means that we must not kill anything or abuse anything, and should live in harmony with other living things because we could have been a butterfly (for example) in the past or could become one in the future. The reason Buddhism is so peaceful may be due to this kind of ideology. MIMOOL brings together contemporary jewellery makers from Japan, Korea and Denmark and is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, Seoul National University, Embassy of Denmark in Korea, among others.
The 3 exhibitions will be the concrete result of the participants’ interpretation of the Mimool theme, embracing the extensive culture and tradition represented and enhancing and bolstering the spirit of this collaborative project. The Mimool theme has inspired the final works, which in turn provide a point of reference for the seminars. Diversity, both technically and aesthetically will also provide substance and inspiration, but ultimately it will be the Mimool theme and its reach that will take centre stage. 

Mimool is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, Embassy of Denmark in Korea, Seoul National University and Art Space Tokyo, among others.
The Danish participants are: Janne K. Hansen and Helen Clara Hemsley + Karl Ejnar Nybo, Josefine Rønsholt Smith, Hongxia Wang, Signe Svanholt, Sarah Vedel Hurtigkarl 
The Japanese participants are: Tomoyo Hiraiwa + Mika Kikuchi, Hiroko Tsuchida, Itto Mishima, Kiyoaki Tashiro, Taro Mizushima, Takashi Kojima
The Korean participants are: Bogki Min + Sungho Cho, Soo Hyun Chou, Kahee Jo, Sehee Um, Carol Eunji Kim, Yoojung Kim

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Seminar: 1 September - 14:00 - 16:00 / Seoul National University / ‭ Auditorium inside the building no. 74 
This is a mini seminar exploring the MIMOOL theme and introducing the audience to the participants in this extensive and exciting project, spanning three cities in three different countries. Speakers include: Professor Bogki Min from Seoul National University, Tomoyo Hiraiwa, Janne K. Hansen and Helen Clara Hemsley. Supported by the Danish Arts Foundation and the Embassy of Denmark in South Korea.

Gavy Jo. Brooch: Monster Face, 2017. Paper, silver, wood, polymer clay, porcelain paint. Gavy Jo
Brooch: Monster Face, 2017
Paper, silver, wood, polymer clay, porcelain paint
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Sehee Um. Brooch: Africa, 2017. Brass, stainless steel, mixed media.. Sehee Um
Brooch: Africa, 2017
Brass, stainless steel, mixed media.
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Taro Mizushima. Brooch: Phoenix Nuage, 2017. Dehulled lacquer, baroque pearl.. Taro Mizushima
Brooch: Phoenix Nuage, 2017
Dehulled lacquer, baroque pearl.
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Tomoyo Hiraiwa. Neckpiece: Blue Zone, 2017. Aluminium. Tomoyo Hiraiwa
Neckpiece: Blue Zone, 2017
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