The mystic worldview materialized by fortune telling, astrology and shamanism has existed throughout human history, fueled by both anxiety and a desire to know about the future. The new exhibition “Fortune Telling” at Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul, reinterprets such practices, viewed as superstitious in the age of science, as potent artistic tools. The first exhibition space themed “Fate” represents the idea of fatalism and mythology from the East and West, filled with cosmological symbols as well as the theory of yin-yang and the five elements; fire, earth, metal, water and wood. But its real charm lies in the audio guide containing the interpretations of each work that come from the Korean shaman’s own perspective.

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