Handbags, literature inspire art exhibit in Sinsa
Texts and artwork inspired by handbags are shown instead, as part of a collaborative project between writers and artists.
The exhibition’s organizer, Simone Limited, invited novelist Eun Hee-kyung, writer Han Yu-ju and poet Ha Sang-wook to create new literary works, then commissioned five local artists to add some visual excitement to the texts.
The artists came up with myriad ways to display the written work, including paintings, illustrations and a six-foot-high structure mimicking the pages of a book.
At the museum, a booth with a microphone is also available, where visitors can read the texts from a screen - as if performing karaoke.
“A bag not only carries one’s life, it is also a cultural icon that can bring out some social discourse,” said the museum in a press release. “Through this exhibition, we aim to show expanded ideas, from carrying a bag through a convergence of literary works and visual arts.”
Simone Limited, which runs the museum, is a Korean company that has designed and manufactured handbags for many different labels, including internationally known fashion brands DKNY, Michael Kors and Kate Spade, for more than two decades.
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The exhibition “Bag Is Literature” lasts until Nov. 30. The museum opens at 11 a.m. from Tuesday through Sunday, and closes at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 7 p.m. on Sundays. It is closed Mondays. Admission to the exhibition is free. For more information, call (02) 3444-0912, or go to www.simonehandbagmuseum.co.kr.