Voyage Illusions in the Heart of Seoul

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It’s not easy to feel a sense of escape from one’s chaotic lifestyle in Seoul, but that’s exactly what you can expect from “Aéroport Mille Plateaux,” currently open at PLATEAU, Samsung Museum of Art (near City Hall station).

“Aéroport Mille Plateaux,” by renowned artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, is an imaginary airport, conceived from the idea of freedom versus restriction, luxury against frugalness. From check-in counters to baggage claims and even a “Modern-day Moses,” (a 24-hour ATM with a wax baby figure lying in anticipation to be picked up), this exhibition wants visitors to be taken away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Seoul and be transported to another world. As soon as one enters the art space, with announcements of “flight departures” blaring over the speakers and commercials playing on video installations, it almost feels like being on a movie set — so strong is the elusion. In mere seconds, visitors have “left” the city.

“Aéroport Mille Plateaux” brings together a collection of the artists’ previous works, as well as newly commissioned, site-specific pieces. But the most out-of-place, or ominous piece, is “Birthday,” a helium-inflated blue balloon attached to an unoccupied wheelchair. From airport terminal to scary movie, the visitor is taken to another realm by the artists. Other noteworthy works include “First Class Lounge” and “Gate 23,” a collapsed stairwell leading to an elevated “boarding gate.” This is truly the best exhibition currently in Seoul.

“Aéroport Mille Plateaux” comes to a close on October 18, 2015. PLATEAU is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 am to 8 pm with tickets priced at W3,000 for adults. For more information visit plateau.or.kr.  

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