The Representative Works of Yumin
Yumin Art Nouveau Collection consists of an exterior garden created with the concept of Jeju’s nature and geographical characteristics, as well as four exhibition rooms that display art nouveau glass works: ‘Room of Inspiration’, ‘Room of Masterpiece’, ‘Room of Art Nouveau Heyday’, and ‘Room of Lamp’. Exhibited works are mostly glass artworks from the France’s Nancy region, which played a big role in the history of French art nouveau. The art on display includes the major works of Nancy glass art famous for the artisanship achieved by the artists’ ambitious spirit and art nouveau aesthetic values.
About 50 works by glass artists from the Nancy region will be exhibited in the gallery, including art produced by Emile Gallé, Antonin Daum & Auguste Daum, Eugène Michel, and other international art nouveau artists. ‘Room of Inspiration’ is a nature-themed space where the spectators can sit on the floor and quietly enjoy meditation and appreciate the art, while in ‘Room of Masterpiece’ visitors can see the mushroom lamp, the integration of Emile Gallé’s art philosophy and the craft technology popular at the time. In ‘Room of Art Nouveau Heyday’, various works by Nancy artists are arranged horizontally to create a unique atmosphere, while the ‘Room of Lamp’ allows spectators to enjoy a lamp collection that continuously changes color. Each exhibition room showcases many shapes and lights, etc., to maximize the beauty of art nouveau glass work.
Yumin Art Nouveau Collection’s most representative work, Emile Gallé’s mushroom lamp, was produced in 1902, which is considered his greatest heyday. There are only 5 of this lamp and the one exhibited in Yumin Art Nouveau Collection is appraised to be the most cleanly preserved work. Other works of Emile Gallé such as 『Dragonfly Vase』 along with Daum’s 『Field Poppy Motif Vase』 and 『Blue Tulip Motif Lamp』, Eugène Michel (1869-1902)’s 『Sirène et Iris』, etc, are all included in the exhibition.