Illuminated Manuscripts to Neon Lights: A Tour of Frieze Masters Seoul 2023

Nathan Clements-Gillespie, Director of Frieze Masters, introduces rare manuscripts and works by Dan Flavin and Yun Hyong-keun

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A highlight of Frieze Seoul is Frieze Masters, a special curated section showing works that span art history, from classic masterpieces to groundbreaking icons of the 20th century.

In this video, Nathan Clements-Gillespie (Director, Frieze Masters) discusses ‘looking at the art of the past through the eye of the present,’ as he tours several favorite selections from this year’s Frieze Masters presentation in Seoul.

two women in a kitchen are making pasta
Liechtenstein Tacuinum Sanitatis, 13v: Tri, Pasta. A domestic scene: two women making spaghetti, 1450. Image courtesy of Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books

The tour starts with a rare close look at the Liechtenstein Tacuinum Sanitatis, an illuminated text from 1450 noted for its secular depictions of daily life (Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books).

a field of black is crossed with a glowing white streak
Yun Hyong-keun, Umber Blue, 1975. Image courtesy of Axel Vervoordt 

Other works of interest include a ‘gateway to heaven’ by 20th-century Korean master Yun Hyong-keun (Axel Vervoordt), and light sculptures by American minimalist artist Dan Flavin (Cardi).

three parallel neon fluorescent lights arranged in pink red and green
Dan Flavin, ​​​​​​Untitled, 1995. Image courtesy of Cardi Gallery ​​

Frieze Seoul   

Frieze Seoul is open September 6–9, 2023. Discover the best art from more than 120 leading galleries from across Asia and beyond. Located in the Gangnam district in the heart of Seoul, the fair runs alongside Kiaf SEOUL, South Korea’s leading art fair. 

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