Mr. Brainwash: Life Is Beautiful Exhibit

img_3530Sunday afternoon, a couple of friends and I went to the opening exhibit of the new ARA Modern Art Museum in Insadong. This exhibit was an inspiring and creative presentation called “Life Is Beautiful” by pop artist Thierry Guetta, who goes by the name Mr. Brainwash. Guetta is a French-born artist based in Los Angeles.

The ARA is well suited to big art, with 4 stories of both large and small spaces and a big open area in the center. The exhibit was originally scheduled to leave September 25th, but has been extended to October 30th. Do yourself a favor and check it out before it’s gone! For only a ₩10,000 entrance fee, you will be introduced to a varied and fertile imagination.  

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There were several of these hearts made from old books. Here is what Mr. Brainwash had to say: “I feel that there is life in every book. Some people put their lives in a book. But books are disappearing little by little as the time changes. I wanted to transform the disappearing books into an infinite artwork. It is heart-breaking that books are withering, because we cannot see the beauty of them. I put different people, different life, different passion and their dreams into a heart.”
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You may not be able to read the painting above the typewriters because of the glare from the light, but it states, “ART CANNOT BE CRITICIZED BECAUSE EVERY MISTAKE IS A NEW CREATION”
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The dad is holding Sex Pistols tickets in this drawing.
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There were several portraits of musicians all made from old LPs and pieces of LPs.
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A close-up of the Marley portrait.
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Nopa and Sejin in front of a giant boombox
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Darth Vader was made entirely from tires

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