No Artist can ‘Bribe’ a Historical and World Renowned Institution such as the Louvre

Mike von Joel / Editor in Chief, STATE MEDIA, London

23 April 2014 I feel compelled to write following certain news items brought to my attention through the international news feeds that are accessed daily by my office. In particular, my attention has been drawn to the insidious calumnies currently being directed at the Korean photographer and artist we know in the UK as AHAE. I have no knowledge of…

There are Infinite Possibilities in the World of AHAE

Henri Loyrette / Director, Louvre Museum, Paris (2001 - 2013)

There are times in our lives when serendipity accelerates events and the exceptional can occur. In September last year, I sat next to the acclaimed designer Guy Oliver, who was the guest of a mutual friend, at a lunch in Malaysia. He told me about an artist who had created a grand experiment, taking one million photographs in two years.…

I Invited AHAE to Present a New Set of Photographs Taken From the Same Window at the Palace of Versailles

Catherine Pégard / President of the Palace of Versailles

I remember my first meeting with the son of the Korean artist Ahae during the 2012 Louvre exhibition inauguration in the Jardin des Tuileries, at the invitation of Henri Loyrette. Mr. Yoo used simple words, filled with admiration, to describe his father’s unique work. He spoke about his own mission to reveal that work to people today who—caught up in…

The AHAE Exhibition Held At Our Museum was Entirely Based Upon the Legitimacy of His Art and Nothing More

Milan Knížák / General Director, National Gallery, Prague (1999 - 2011)

This letter is offered to correct inaccurate statements that are being made concerning the Korean artist, AHAE, by the Korean press, and others, regarding his integrity and the value of his art. I am extremely proud of the fact that I was privileged to discover AHAE in my role and capacity as Director General of the National Gallery in Prague,…

South Korea Can Be Proud of an Artist Like AHAE

Laurent Bayle / Chairman / Philharmonie de Paris

Paris – April 27, 2014 I have directed the Cité de la Musique since 2001 and the Salle Pleyel since 2006. I have been chairman of the board of directors of the Philharmonie de Paris since 2006 as well. I discovered Ahae’s photographs on the occasion of the exhibition held by the Louvre Museum in 2012. I was immediately struck…

Korea Should Be Proud of People like AHAE

Professor Milan Knížák / General Director, National Gallery, Prague (1999 - 2011)

From 1999 to 2011, I worked as the Director General of the National Gallery in Prague (which is one of the oldest Museums of Art, founded in 1796) and I was honored to organize a retrospective exhibition of the Korean artist AHAE, which was very successful. I also put together an international team of specialists and created a representative publication showing the richness…

The Essence of Photography as Seen in AHAE’s Work

Dr. Claudio de Polo Saibanti / President and Dr. Monica Maffioli / Scientific Director: Alinari National Museum of Photography, Florence, Italy

To look out your own window, opening your eyes to something beyond those four walls towards the world that is beyond you and beyond what seems to be reality: this is the theme which, since the camera was invented, has accompanied it and determined how it is used. The visual medium that allows us to multiply to infinity the perspective…

Far and Near: Aesthetics and Ecology in AHAE’s Work

Dr. Joseph Backstein / Director, Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow (ICA Moscow) / Commissioner, Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art

Ahae’s works appear as a unique vision of the natural basis of human existence. his photographs would seem to provide the evidence: a forest, fields and meadows. But what actually unfolds before our eyes is a sort of metaphor for man’s ideal ecological environment.
 There exist various levels of depiction. On an aesthetic level, he incessantly develops and transforms the…

AHAE, Photographer of Origins

Anne-Marie Garcia / Curator of Photography at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris

1816. Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, Le Gras, France. After eight days of stealthily waiting at his window, Nicéphore Niépce obtains the first heliographic image drawn by sunlight. He relates: “I put the camera in the room where I was working. in front of the bird cage, with the window wide open, I carried out the experiment following the process that you know, my…