It's Friday and that means it's time for our weekly 'Life With Culture' segment. Our arts and culture correspondent Kim Bo-kyoung is here at the studio to let us know what kinds of cultural events are on this weekend. Bo-kyoung, what do you have for us today?
Well Ji-yeon, the weather has got warmer recently, so now's a great time to enjoy some fresh air. I am sure lots of people will visit Gwanghwamun Plaza over the weekend, and nearby nests a well-recognized cultural spot the Sejong Center. There, visitors can enjoy an exhibition by an artist known as the 'Crown Prince of pop art', whose work was recently on display at London's Saatchi Gallery.
The exhibition kicks off Saturday, but I had a chance to visit this week. Let's take a look.
Right next to the Gwanghwamun Plaza, outside the main entrance to Sejong Center stand two lobsters made by contemporary British artist Philip Colbert.
"Inspired by 'Salvador Dali's 'Lobster Telephone' pop artist Philip Colbert made his alter-ego 'Lobster'. Using this art protagonist, he invites visitors into the lobster's own virtual reality world, Lobster Land, a parallel universe in the desert."
Dubbed as the 'Godson of Andy Warhol', his previous 'Hunt Painting' series incorporated all different kinds of popular culture including Emojis and internet error messages alongside work by historical masters such as Picasso.
'The Hunting Series shows society's supersaturated culture of consumption. Many things are overloaded on the canvas but if you take a closer look, they all look familiar. Through this we can see how much information we are consuming in this day and age."
But, because of the stresses caused by the pandemic, Colbert came up with a new collection to help deliver a message of hope.
Among the collection is a piece called 'Still Life with Sunflowers' inspired by Vincent van Gogh's famous painting.
It is said that Van Gogh drew the sunflowers while waiting for Paul Gauguin, an artist who had a lot of respect for, to come to his workshop.
Colbert wanted to deliver the message that one day, if we wait patiently, we will be able to get our daily lives back.
Another piece to look at is Colbert's 'TV Robot Lobster' a tribute to South Korean Paik Nam-june who is widely recognized as being the 'Father of Video Art.'
"Paik Nam-june pioneered media art into a new art genre, and his famous works such as 'Gulliver' will be shown to the public for the first time. Philip Colbert was inspired by Paik's work and came up with his new artwork."
With surrealism brought into reality, visitors might be able to feel like they are in different world away from the pandemic.
Those interested in pop art should definitely visit the exhibition. Now Bo-kyoung, over the weekend, there's another big event for K-pop lovers, right?
That's right, there's only a few days left until the 63rd Grammy Awards.
South Korean mega stars BTS have been nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Dynamite" the first GRAMMY nomination for a K-pop act.
BTS have also been included in the full lineup to perform on the night.
They performed last year for the 62nd Grammy Awards, but it was a joint performance and they weren't nominated, so this year's solo show and nomination would mean a lot.
The members have said that they are quite honored to be nominated and perform but at the same time, they're quite nervous about competing with big names.
"When we first heard it, even now we can't still believe that we were nominated and we'll be able to perform at the Grammys. So, we're thankful. We're honored. And we need to thank the ARMY for giving us this honor and this opportunity."
"We're nervous and actually, frankly, we're not expecting it so much because we don't want to get disappointed because Lady Gaga, Taylor, Bieber, all the big names. So we're kind of confused. But as I rollercoaster back and forth, back and forth. Up and down."
The Grammy Awards will be held on March 14th, at 8 PM EST which would be March 15th, 10 AM Korea time, exclusively aired by Mnet in South Korea.
BTS fans will certainly be looking forward to starting their week by watching that performance. For those who are interested in other culture areas, do you have other recommendations?
Sure, take a look at the calendar.
Right, thank you Bo-kyoung for sharing these cultural events that we can enjoy. I will see you next week.