The “Republic of Color” arrives in Seoul

Starting today, Korean autumn has new shades. The Republic of Color” has arrived in Seoul, an expressive explosion of Dominican talent on display at Dongdaemun Design Plaza.

“This is a unique opportunity to enjoy the Dominican creativity, brought to life in a country famous for its music, its landscapes and protected areas – with more than seven thousand endemic species – its endless miles of white sands lapped by turquoise waters and, above all, for its charming people who know how to work hard while still having a good time,” said Dr. Federico Cuello Camilo, Dominican Ambassador to Korea during the opening ceremony.

The exhibition includes 25 paintings by Ada Balcácer, Théodore Chassèriau – the only Dominican disciple of Ingres -, Celeste Woss y Gil – an excellent portrait painter and precursor of feminism -, José Vela Zanetti – muralist of the UN headquarters in New York – and 21 other masters, reproduced with high-resolution photographs printed on canvas.

Most of the artists included in the exhibition were born in the Dominican Republic. Others came as war refugees. None of them could avoid being intoxicated by the Caribbean intensity of our tones, the subtleties of our feelings and the spirit of the times they lived in our Republic of Color, during which we experienced a traumatic but irreversible transition to democracy.

The Republic of Korea is one of the most demanding destinations for modern art, with collections in public and private museums on par with most countries in the world.

“On the threshold of our 60 years of bilateral relations, this first group exhibition of Dominican masters is but the beginning of the Dominican Republic’s positioning at another level in the country of Han, Hallyu and the tireless work that has placed it at the top in just two generations,” said Ambassador Cuello Camilo.

The exhibition was curated by an outstanding team composed of Danilo de los Santos†, Maryloly de Severino† – idos a destiempo -, Marianne de Tolentino and Myrna Guerrero.

“How fortunate to be able to open the show just as restrictions have been lifted, the result of the very effective Korean COVID-19 vaccination program, allowing us to host the diplomatic corps and so many special guests for the opening event. I thank the Executive President of the Seoul Design Foundation, Choi Kyung-ran, Design Museum Team Leader Yoo Ju-yi, Kang Jiyeon, Project Team Coordinator and Alex Piña, Counselor of the Dominican Embassy in Korea. Thank you for making this exhibition possible in one of the most emblematic buildings of the new Korea, designed by Zaha Hadid, the greatest architect of the 20th century”, concluded Ambassador Cuello Camilo. The exhibition will be open to the public in the “Mun” hall of the Dongdaemun Design Plaza until November 28, 2021.

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