Lee Eugean Gallery is pleased to announce affair de coeur 4, an exhibition of a collection of furniture, music, and artwork organized by Rudolf Ruegg. This is the collector’s fourth showing at the gallery following his third exhibition last year. The exhibition will open on May 17, 2018, and continue through June 09, 2018.
Rudolf’s latest collection consists of furniture by Max Bill, Andreas Christen, Bakery Studio, Weissfeld, music by Harold Budd, and artwork by Korean artist Kim Bong Tae all carefully hand-picked by the collector.
“This exhibition is simply about things that move me and things that I want to show and share with people,” he says. The space in which furniture, music and artwork are all freely arranged will be completely subjective to his tastes and beliefs. We look forward you to experiencing this unpredictable space where different art forms clash and reconcile.
A cluster of summer trees,
A bit of the sea,
A pale evening moon.
Kobori Enshû(1579-1647), a renowned garden designer and a tea master in Japanese history, thinks this phrase contains the principle of Japanese gardens. But the poem does not speak of space directly. Rather, it refers to the emptiness of space and the universe that looks from it. Among the many ways to describe space, the poet chose to become the space itself and look at the world. Kobori Enshû, who designed many of famous Japanese gardens that still remain today, seems to have discovered the secret of reading the space in this way of looking and thinking.
Kim Bong Tae is recognized as one of the singular figures in Korean Color Field painting. But his work has more room to be expressed in a word, Color Field painting. What we should pay attention to is the invisible space he ultimately intends to express through vivid colors and surfaces. His work may be an attempt to express the artist himself and the world around him through this invisible space. In other words, emptying out the space may be a process to demonstrate the principle of the universe in a multi-faceted way. Or it may be a process that aims to become a window or a channel that connects people with the world.
<island / empty island>, the fourth exhibition organized by designer and collector Rudolf Ruegg, is therefore linked to the work of Kim Bong Tae. Unlike the title, this exhibition presents the world viewed from the island, not the island itself. As one can easily imagine, an island is a separate breed of a person. The island is connected yet isolated.
And the island is empty. People look at the world from the island. The world looks sharp, but the more we look at it, the more distant and ambiguous it becomes. Maybe the world is empty, not the island. The story of the finger pointing at the moon appears in <Neungeomgyeong>, now overlaps here. Once again, the secret of Kim Bong Tae’s work comes to mind.
This exhibition is full of chairs. A chair famous for its colored version is on display as being first made a hundred years ago. Is the well-known colored version a shadow of its original? Or is it the other way around? Kim Bong Tae's work on the wall and the furniture on display were created in different places and periods without knowing each other's existence. And in May 2018, they finally face each other calmly and silently.
Like the story of the finger pointing at the moon, we see an empty island. Instead of a vast expanse of sea, we see the sea that seems almost invisible between the trees under the evening moon. The sea that will not be seen on a continent full of fuss. The sea that will not be seen unless I became a window itself. It is only through such bright eyes that we discover the true color of the world. The true color cannot be found by lighting a lamp or using a magnifying glass. It can only be found when we step away from it and look from a distance.
<island / empty island> refers to an island but does not show the island. And that is the reason why Kim Bong Tae's works were needed for this exhibition. It can only be completed through collaboration with the artist. Now it is time to go into the space and look for the hidden sea and the moon reflected on the surface of the sea.