Curated by: Paola Giusti, Maria Rosaria Sansone
The Donnaregina Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the Museum and Real Bosco di Capodimonte present "" Whisper Only to You ", the first solo exhibition by South Korean artist Yeesookyung (Seoul, 1963) in two Italian public institutions, born from a idea of Sylvain Bellenger and Andrea Viliani with Sabrina Rastelli, curated by Sabrina Rastelli and Andrea Viliani for the Madre museum of contemporary art Donnaregina, and by Sabrina Rastelli, Paola Giusti and Maria Rosaria Sansone for the Museum and Real Bosco di Capodimonte.
The exhibition itinerary, which develops through the rooms of the two museums, includes works created with different means and materials, such as sculpture, installation and video, and new productions, which the artist created by combining the eighteenth-century fragments of the Royal Porcelain Factory of Capodimonte.
The exhibition in Capodimonte is part of the type of exhibition-focus Sensitive encounters with which the Museum puts works by contemporary artists in dialogue with its own permanent collection. In this case, Yeesookyung dialogues with the porcelains of the Real Fabbrica di Capodimonte founded by Charles of Bourbon, and in particular with the pieces and the more than five hundred factory waste, and the porcelains of the Meissen Manufactory, the one founded by Augustus II known as the Strong from which Charles of Bourbon drew inspiration to open his factory.
The works of Yeesookyung exhibited here are the culmination of the Translated vase series, an impressive project begun in 2002, in which the artist creates sculptures by combining fragments of porcelain from the ateliers of famous master potters who work in the style of the highly prized Korean ceramics of the Goryeo dynasties. (918–1392) and Joseon (1392–1897). In this way production waste is "translated" into new organic forms that highlight the fragility and imperfection of human life, as well as the inevitable failure of any attempt to build historical continuity. The fragments are joined using the gold leaf that embellishes the cracks, a metaphor of human life: it is the fractures and fragility that make our journey precious.