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Episode 10: New harmony

By the end of the 20th century Asia had started to become a significant economic and technological modern power. A tension developed between tradition and modernity, between high art and low art, between what might be seen as art which aspires to improve us and art which is just having fun.

Alison visits Choi Jeong-hwa’s house, where he shows her a number of his artworks and explains how he combines traditional colour with contemporary materials. His most famous works being his large plastic flowers.

Another artist, Kimsooja, is also inspired by traditional use of fabric, and she creates installations and video works using the old materials.

Finally, Alison wraps up the series, and reminds us that we can now look at artworks from Asia with a better understanding of what the artist is saying.


Takashi Murakami talks about flattening high and low art in his work to create ‘superflat’ art. Create a t-shirt design, or design for a pop culture item where you flatten high and low art.

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