G-Dragon To Hold Art Exhibition To Coincide With Release Of Second Solo Album 'Coup D'Etat' And His World Tour Finale
By Jesse Lent | August 29, 2013 03:28 PM EDT
Call it K-pop art.
Big Bang rapper G-Dragon will be holding a weeklong art exhibition at the Cais Gallery in Seoul to coincide with the release of his second solo album "Coup D'Etat" due out on Monday and the accompanying world tour.
Entitled "Space Eight," the show will open on September 10, eight days after the release of "Coup D'Etat," one of a series of numerically based choices the South Korean rapper made for the show.
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"G-Dragon will be showcasing 88 items related to number '8', which symbolizes himself, including unrevealed photographs from his photo albums and jackets, along with outfits and props from the [One Of A Kind] World Tour," the rapper's record label YG Entertainment announced in a press release on their website on Thursday.
"G-Dragon, born on August 18, 1988, always told people his lucky number is eight. Thus the gallery will be open for eight hours a day for eight days, and the entrance fee is 8,800 won."
The 8,000 won entrance fee, equivalent to roughly $8, ($7.91 at the current exchange rate) won't be necessary for fans with tickets for G-Dragon's World Tour finale shows on August 31 and September 1 or bought the new album.
And each "Coup D'Etat" album jacket will cleverly be stuffed with a ticket for admission at the "Space Eight" exhibition.
On August 1, G-Dragon teased the big month ahead of him on Instagram in a post he included along with a photo that featured a painting of 23 eights.
"Everyone, it's finally August," G-Dragon wrote.
"My second solo album will be out soon and by last encore concert will be held [in Seoul, Korea] on August 31 and September 1. I am doing an all-nighter for the album today as always so please look forward to my album. #8"
The photo also include the caption "#8+#88=#888."
G-Dragon headlined the two-day K-pop festival KCON on Sunday in Los Angeles with hip-hop icon Missy Elliott. The pair debuted a new collaboration entitled "Nilira"
Although the pair received rave reviews for the performance, G-Dragon had faced criticism ahead of his performance in Los Angeles, after he donned blackface and a hoody in an Instagram photo last month.
The Instagram photo appeared to mock the "I Am Trayvon Martin" Twitter campaign in which African-American celebrities like Diddy, Frank Ocean and Jamie Foxx wore hooded sweatshirts to show support for the slain Florida teen.
A representative for the rapper called the incident a "huge misunderstanding."
"G-Dragon was simply wearing different face paint colors," the rep wrote in an email to SPIN Magazine.
"The facepaint is only a color variation for his album cover which includes black, white, and red. It is in no way meant to be a political or racial statement."
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