The Room of Desires


The Room of Desires

A joyful interplay of artworks, crafts and design products from Korea and Germany

March 6 to April 1, 2017

raumwerk – Concept Store & Gallery

Schwanthaler Str. 125 + 142

80339 Munich-Westend

Opening: March 6, 2017 at 4 p.m.

Artist, Designer and Artisan:

Andreas Berlin, Maria Volokhova/Johanna Spath, Helena Parada Kim, KIM Deok Ho, KIM Hye Jeong + Atsunobu KATAGIRI , KIM Hyun Sung, KIM Seo Yoon, KIM Soo Yeon, LEE In Hwa, LEE Jeong Won, PARK Neung Saeng, SEO Jina, Studio Ilio, Studio Yang Seung Bin, Studio Kyss, Kondo Yukako, YOON Duk No

While the Wunderkammer, or cabinet of curiosities, emerged in the courts of Europe from the 16th century onward, Korea was witnessing the growing popularity of virtual bookshelves in its royal courts, and later among its bourgeoisie. This genre of Korean painting is called Chaekgado, a sort of painted Wunderkammer showing from various perspectives the books and belongings of a scholar.

Although the traditions of the Wunderkammer vary in form and function between Korea and Europe, they have significant aspects in common. In each culture the cabinet of curiosities is an intimate space filled with people’s desires and longings for a foreign world. Both reflect the yearning for precious things and a curiosity for nature as something exotic.

In allusion to the Korean Chaekgado as well as the European Wunderkammer, Keum Art Projects presents the exhibition ‘The Room of Desires’ at the newly opened raumwerk in Munich-Westend. ‘The Room of Desires’ presents paintings, installations and design objects from Korea side by side with those from Germany, creating a cabinet of wishes, longings and desires. The exhibition features supposedly mundane objects such as candle holders, ceramic vessels and writing utensils, along with playful and contemplative installations by visual artists and designers.

The invited designers and artists indulge in various materials and technical processes, traditional craftsmanship and digital technology. What all the works have in common are conceptual allusions or formal references to Chaekgado painting and the idea of the Wunderkammer. As a result, the exhibition abolishes the rigid separation between art and craftsmanship, art and design, as well as between playfulness and specific purpose. It is configured around the motifs of Chaekgado, in which the objects of desire are accompanied by a symbolism that promised happiness, success and a long life. The exhibits in ‘The Room of Desires’ also resonate kinetically, with botanical sensations and with vanitas still lifes.

The idea of the cosmos, which the Wunderkammer and Chaekgado attempted to capture through objects and books, is being trivialised by the digital revolution in our current age of the internet. In a world where books are collected by Google and desires are fulfilled on the internet, ‘The Room of Desires’ investigates the predilections and yearnings of our time, and tries to rediscover human desire and longings in objects.

Keum Art Projects

is a platform for innovative curatorial projects from Korea and Germany in the fields of art and contemporary design. The focus is on the cultural dialogue between the two countries, whose dimensions are made visible in exhibitions and publications. Keum Art Projects promotes a sustainable cultural exchange and initiates collaborations between artists, museums, galleries and companies. Keum Art Projects is based in Berlin-Mitte. Our projects take place in project rooms, galleries and museums in Berlin and elsewhere in Germany.

A program partner of the Munich Creative Business Week 2017

Location Partner: raumwerk – concept store & gallery I Schwanthalerstr. 125 + 142, 80339 München