The Casina dei Mosaici in Herculaneum, in the province of Naples, hosts the RE-GENESIS II ACT exhibition by the Korean artist Jeong-Yoen Rhee. Seen in Naples for the first time in 2021, at the instigation of Ken Kim for Kips Gallery New York, it returns to the exhibition as a guest of the Ente Ville Vesuviane Foundation. At the center of the exhibition is the encounter between the artist and the place of exhibition: the Casina dei Mosaici. The mosaics made with flakes of mother-of-pearl and porcelain from the Real Laboratory of Capodimonte, in fact, interact perfectly with the precious painting of Jeong-Yoen Rhee known for her painting technique that allows her to paint without a brush, mixing the colors with her hand and spreading them out with the index finger.
The artist’s particularity is also that of painting only with organic products including clay, volcanic ash, coal and gold dust, without counting the eggshell and above all the mother-of-pearl and pink clay that give a sense of mystery to his works of art. The same sense that is found in the mosaics that fresco the Casina dei Mosaici in Herculaneum.
“Compared to the exhibition presented at the Pan museum in Naples immediately after the lockdown, – says the curator Paola de Ciuceis – this will be an opportunity to meet the artist who, at the previous initiative, was unable to attend due to the strict anti Covid provisions. The charm of the place will play its part in making Jeong-Yoen Rhee’s works shine by comparing them with Bourbon mosaics. For many it will also be an opportunity to get to know a site of great historical and artistic interest that is rarely visited ».
It will be a surprise to visit the Casina dei Mosaici, an architectural jewel set in the Golden Mile, overlooking the ancient Bourbon pier, and compare it with the fascinating art of Jeong-Yoen Rhee.