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.
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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.
"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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