Revitalizing Iconic Design: Lady Dior Art Project Featuring Ha Chong-Hyun

Ha Chong-Hyun, for The Lady Dior Art project. Source: Dior

Bringing together prominent artists and inviting them to reinvent the iconic handbag, the Lady Dior Art Project features 12 artists, including Ha Chong-Hyun, whose monochrome works seemingly transform and adopt color as light passes through them on four exquisite Lady Dior bags.

The collection not only pays tribute to the House’s signature quilting inspired by Napoleon III-era chairs but also introduces innovative techniques and artisanship. The collaboration reimagines classic pieces with Ha Chong-Hyun’s unique touch, offering a fresh perspective on the iconic design. These art objects, adorned in vibrant blues and passionate reds, pay homage to the artist’s oeuvre, capturing the animated and textured essence of his style.

As a prominent figure within the Dansaekhwa movement, often referred to as “monochrome painting,” Ha Chong-Hyun gained recognition through his Conjunction series in the early 1970s, a period during which he started to develop his distinctive style and innovative studio processes. He engages in material experimentation by employing a technique that involves pushing paint forward from the back onto hemp cloth.

In his most recent works, the artist has advanced his earlier exploration of transforming three-dimensionality into a two-dimensional surface by formulating new techniques for giving color depth and volume.

Born in Sancheong, South Korea in 1935, Ha Chong-Hyun earned his BFA from Hongik University in Seoul in 1959. Ha Chong-Hyun has exhibited his works extensively in solo shows over the years. Notable exhibitions include presentations at prestigious venues like the House of Dior in Seoul, Almine Rech in Paris, and Blum & Poe in Los Angeles.


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