Color Your Life is an exhibition that runs for a total of six months at Daelim Museum just next to Gyeongbokkung. The exhibition shows how designers use different different materials to bring out the colors of their arts and designs. Almost every design is accompanied with a Pantone Color Matching System value that instantly makes you aware that you will see every possible color at the exhibition. The designers are mainly from Western countries with Spain, Sweden and Denmark strongly represented.
The exhibition sprawls over four floors in Daelim Museum with a museum shop on the first floor, photo and textile design on the second, furniture and pottery on the third and more interior design on the fourth. Most of the names are new to me except Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto on the top floor. Particularly interesting to see is the work process of how designers try combinations on different materials with each other to create new color sensations. Glass, fabric, leather, metal and wood, all with their own unique characteristics, combine to create a dazzling array of colors.
Although you might covet some of the exhibits in the museum (the mosaic-like clay urns by Hilda Hellström), my best recommendation from the museum shop is the eco shopping bag that comes in two different variants. Oh and by the way, the Hilda Hellström urns I just mentioned might look like they are made from clay (they certainly fooled me!) but the material used is actually cast-based. The eye sure plays tricks with your mind at Color Your Life!
Opening hours: Tues to Sun 10AM – 6PM
Thurs and Sat 10AM – 8PM
Closed on Mondays, Lunar New Year’s Day and Chuseok
Entrance fee: Adult 5,000W / Youth 3,000W / Child 2,000W
Final admission 30 minutes before closing (personally I think you need one hour for the exhibition!)
21, Jahamun-ro 4-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Oh, make sure to download their app when you have wifi at home before going to the museum, since the audio guide is provided via their app.