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 show of the South Korean artist Yeesookyung (Seoul, 1963) in two Italian public institutions, born from an idea by Sylvain Bellenger and Andrea Viliani with Sabrina Rastelli, curated by Sabrina Rastelli and Andrea Viliani for the Madre · Donnaregina contemporary art museum, and by Sabrina Rastelli, Paola Giusti and Maria Rosaria Sansone for the Museum and Real Bosco di Capodimonte.
The exhibition, 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 has created by combining the eighteenth-century fragments of the Royal Porcelain Factory of Capodimonte. The exhibition at Capodimonte is part of the type of exhibition-focus Sensitive meetings with which the Museum puts into dialogue works by contemporary artists with its own permanent collection. In this case, Yeesookyung dialogues with the porcelain of the Real Fabbrica di Capodimonte founded by Carlo di Borbone, and in particular with the pieces and over five hundred factory scraps, and the porcelain of the Manufacture of Meissen, the one founded by Augustus II called the Forte from which he took inspiration from Charles of Bourbon to open his manufacture.
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 combining fragments of porcelain from the ateliers of famous master potters who work in the style of the 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 united using the gold leaf that embellishes the cracks, a metaphor for human life: fractures and fragility make our journey precious.