Chat Room

Friday 18 October|2.15-3.30pm

“Dreamy, Grotesque and Surreal: Into the Deep Subconscious of Min Jung-Yeon” (in French)

  • Sophie Makariou, Director of the musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet

  • Min Jung-Yeon, artist

  • Maria Lund, gallerist

  • Moderator ": Olivia Sand, journalist for the Asian Art Newspaper and author of the book “Contemporary Voices from the Asian and Islamic Art Worlds”

Followed by a book signing with Olivia Sand at the entrance to the Chat Room


Image courtesy Olivia Sand

Image courtesy Olivia Sand

Olivia Sand

Olivia Sand has been writing for the Asian Art Newspaper since the publication’s launch in 1997. A native of Switzerland, she has been among the first journalists to specialize in contemporary art from Asia and subsequently in contemporary art from the Islamic world.

She contributes to the Asian Art Newspaper on a monthly basis through artist’s profiles, exhibition reviews as well as interviews with collectors, dealers and curators.


Maria Lund. Image courtesy Helene Schmitz, 11.2013

Maria Lund. Image courtesy Helene Schmitz, 11.2013

Maria Lund

Founder of the Galerie Maria Lund.

The Galerie Maria Lund has been encouraging, since its creation in 1999 - an art that combines conceptual depth and plastic rigor; refined and strong works that suggest a meaning rather than imposing one, and which raise existential questions in a contemporary form. These requirements have led to a programing of international artists who bring a diversity of formal approaches together, as well as a large panel of media.

Echoing temporary exhibitions, the Galerie hosts a program of performances, concerts, conferences and lectures. The Galerie Maria Lund regularly accompanies the creation of commissioned works for specific private or public spaces. It also collaborates with private institutions and partners for the installation of temporary exhibitions. A member of the Professional Art Galleries Comity since 2001, the gallery also publishes artist catalogs and participates to selected fairs in France and abroad.

Since 2007, Maria Lund has been a board member of the Maison du Danemark in Paris and has been chairing the Art Commission of the Charles Oulmont Foundation since 2015.

>> Galerie Maria Lund @ ASIA NOW 2019


Image courtesy Sophie Makariou

Image courtesy Sophie Makariou

Sophie Makariou

Sophie Makariou is a curator of French national heritage. Formerly the Director of the Department of Islamic Arts at the Louvre Museum (2009-2013), she was appointed in August 2013 President of the National Museum of Asian Arts - Guimet.

Graduating from the Ecole du Louvre, after studying classical Arabic at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations and an M.Phil in history, Sophie Makariou joined the École du patrimoine, then worked from 1994 as curator of the Department of Oriental Antiquities (part of Islamic Arts) at the Louvre Museum, of which she later becomes the head. The section became the Department of the Arts of Islam in 2003, and Sophie Makariou was responsible for the design of the new spaces between 2009 and 2012. She is also responsible for the collections of the Arab world (13th to 15th Century) and book arts. From time to time, she teaches at the Ecole du Louvre in specialized courses on the arts of Islam.

>> The new contemporary tour of the National Museum of Asian Arts - Guimet “L’Asie Maintenant” is part of the ASIA NOW 2019 “Off-site” programme


Image courtesy Min Jung-Yeon

Image courtesy Min Jung-Yeon

Min Jung-Yeon

Min Jung-Yeon (born in 1979, South Korea) graduated in Fine Arts (Hongik University, Seoul, 2003 and the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris (ENSBA), 2006). Showing regularly in Asian and European galleries since 2004, the artist has been collaborating with the Galerie Maria Lund since 2010. The gallery has hosted three solo exhibitions of her work, Mémoire de la serre (Memories from a greenhouse, 2012), Hier je comprenais mieux aujourd’hui (Yesterday I understood today better, 2015) and La lettre de Pluton (Pluto’s letter, 2018) and has shown her work in numerous fairs (Drawing Now, Paris, 2010, 2011 and 2012, - YIA, Paris 2014 and 2015  - Art Paris, 2016 - ASIA NOW, Paris 2017 and 2018) as well as in group shows.

Min Jung-Yeon was the winner of the third edition of the Partners’ Prize (Prix du club des partenaires) held by the MAMC+ - Musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Etienne Métropole and was rewarded with a solo show of her drawings at the museum in 2012 - Demander le chemin à mes chaussures (Asking my shoes for the way), along with the publication of a catalogue. Several of her drawings are now part of the museum’s collections. She also participated in Medi(t)ation, the third Asian Contemporary Art Biennial presented in the Taiwan National Museum of Fine Arts in 2011. In celebration of the Korean Year in France, her work was presented in the figurative section of the Seoul-Paris-Seoul exhibition curated by the Musée Cernuschi in Paris. In spring 2017, The State Museum of Oriental Art in Moscow welcomed her exhibition The Memory of Space

Min Jung-Yeon’s work has been the subject of a dozen catalogs and numerous publications in the media in both Europe and Korea. Hibernation, a monograph, was published in 2009.

Starting November 6th 2019, the Musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet in Paris will welcome the exhibition “Carte blanche à Min Jung-Yeon”.