The Poul Kjærholm Exhibition in Seoul

Dates: May 31, 2024 (Friday) – July 7, 2024 (Sunday) Hours: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM (Closed every Monday) Location: Youth Quake, 25 Hyoja-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Fritz Hansen is pleased to present the Poul Kjærholm exhibition in Seoul. This exhibition marks the first time Korea is introduced to the world of Poul Kjærholm, the renowned Danish modernist designer and key figure in design history. The exhibition takes place from May 31 to July 7 at Youth Quake, located at 25 Hyoja-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul. Poul Kjærholm, who worked as a furniture designer from the 1950s to the 1970s, reinterpreted the Danish cabinetmaker's tradition with modern materials and techniques. He established a unique design language that emphasised structure and form in furniture, breaking new ground by introducing steel furniture to the traditionally wood-dominated Danish market. Kjærholm's work is an integral part of contemporary design, with pieces included in the permanent collections of prestigious institutions such as MoMA in the US, the Victoria & Albert Museum in the UK, and The National Art Centre in Japan. In 1982, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark organised a significant exhibition of his work. This exhibition will showcase Poul Kjærholm's key designs with in-depth commentary, placing his life and work in the context of Danish design history. It features archival material provided by his family and Fritz Hansen, as well as rare pieces produced in limited quantities and discontinued during Kjærholm's lifetime. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience these iconic designs firsthand and participate in various programmes, including a talk with Kjærholm’s son, Thomas Kjærholm. Currently, Poul Kjærholm's furniture collection is produced and distributed by Fritz Hansen. The relationship between Fritz Hansen and Kjærholm began with his graduation exhibition at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts in 1952. Impressed by his innovative PK25 chair, Fritz Hansen hired him as a designer. Although Kjærholm only worked there for a year, he experimented with materials and created several pieces, blending handcraft and machine production in a unique collection. After Kjærholm’s passing, his family entrusted Fritz Hansen with the production and sales of his designs, ensuring their continued legacy. Fritz Hansen maintains strict standards for material selection and production methods, and is committed to discovering new products from Kjærholm's archive. We invite you to explore the world of Poul Kjærholm’s work, presented in depth for the first time in Korea.

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