The Yumin Art Nouveau Collection is a poetic exhibition of delicate glass produced in Phoenix Jeju in the South Korean peninsula. This is the first project in South Korea by a Danish practice JAC STUDIOS. The exhibition showcases the delicate glass produced during the Art Nouveau movement between the 1870s and 1940s. French artist Émile Gallé made the glass.
Art Nouveau professionals including Didier Legault from Chambre Nationale des worked together with JAC STUDIOS to create an exhibition using glass as the principal material to change the interiors and reception areas of the Genius Loci – a structure by famous Japanese architect Tadao Ando.
The glass has been used to beautifully transfer the interior and welcome areas of the Genius Loci building. The reception area is designed to form a sharp contrast from the existing concrete structure with the use of dichroic glass. The glass used in the signage of the façade and the ticket pavilion creates a play with colour, forming dynamic reflections and light conditions throughout the day as well as mirroring. The signage on the facade reflects the horizon of the sea and with each hour the patterns and colours on the facade change with the weather, each day is unique.
The cross axis hallway showcases the specific artefacts telling the stories of the history and techniques used in the Art Nouveau pieces. The inspiration gallery forms a meditative experience where visitors are invited to sit and gaze at the floral pieces at low level on a tatami mat allowing close access to the artefacts. Placed at the centre of a circular room in the masterpiece gallery, the 1902 mushroom lamp is the crucial work of Emile Galle. The design ensures one focus with one remarkable story creating an experience of intensity and magnitude. The framing of the horizon is a characteristic of the exterior of the building and the Peak gallery reflects this with a long narrow glowing display case built into the wall. The lounge provides a different aesthetic and atmosphere to the gallery spaces with a selection of bright lamps in wall mounted showcases.
Recently, the 2018 coveted World Interior of the Year award went to Yumin Art Nouveau Collection at the World Architecture Festival held in Amsterdam. Judges awarded Yumin Art Nouveau Collection for “its crafted sensitivity, to both the building and the Gallé glass to which the museum [is] dedicated.
The fantastic architecture by the Pritzker Prize and RIBA Royal Gold Medal winner-Tadao Ando plays an elegant yet sombre backdrop for the exhibition as per the founder of JAC STUDIOS- Johan Carlsson. He added, “The architecture is in itself a piece of art and visitors cannot avoid being touched by its beauty. The new museum is respectful but also challenges the context of the architecture.”
Text and Image Courtesy: World Architecture and Architizer