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May 24, 2014, 02:22:43 AM
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« Reply #30 on: May 24, 2014, 02:22:43 AM »
Another article about the French village purchase, but his name is given as Ahae Jeong and the guy pictured doesn't look like him. The plot thickens! And he's described as American again and based in the US. Not true. Could the author be mistaken, or is this yet another example of a cult leader being unwilling to do anything the normal way?

In the comments I see someone questioned Ahae's prolific taking of photos (2,000 - 4,000 a day). Do that maths^. And it's kind of sad (a little bit) reading about the hopes locals held for the future of the village under Ahae's ownership. If you missed it on the previous page, here is a followup from Dec., 2013 - 18 months after the purchase.

American Landscape Photographer Buys An Entire French Village…Cheap
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An American landscape photographer bought an entire French village yesterday for what many people pay for a new house.

Ahae Jeong (shown on the right - in the below picture -), who goes by his first name, purchased the village of Courbefy, France, for just $663,000, which was actually some $400,000 over the auction starting price.

Ahae, a South Korean born photographer based in the United States, shoots very quiet and serene nature photography, images one observer described as “so simple, so beautiful, so perfect.”

Widely collected and published, Ahae will have a one-man exhibition of his images this June at the Tuileries garden of the Musée du Louvre in Paris. Some of the images in that show can be seen here.

The French village, located in the Limousin region of central France between Bordeaux and Lyon, consists of 19 homes, a 13th-century ruined castle, a half completed hotel, a chapel, a swimming pool, an overgrown tennis court and rundown stables.

Jean-Pierre Chateau, who lives near Courbefy, told Le Figaro newspaper that it was "heartbreaking" to see the abandoned village, recalling "village festivals held right up until the 1960s."

He said the most of villagers, about 200 farmers and their families, began moving out of the village in the 1970s. In the 1990s, investors bought the village planning to turn it into a holiday resort. Their plans included hotels and restaurants but turned out to be too expensive for them. By 2008, the village had been repossessed by the bank and left deserted, attracting only "thieves and squatters."
 
Courbefy first went up for auction in February but at that time there was not a single bid. This time, at the auction in the city of Limoges some 30 miles from the village, there were two other bidders besides the photographer.

According to Paul Gerardin, a lawyer for the French bank Crédit Agricole that owned the repossessed village, the two other bidders were a Belgian representing a company that wanted to build a retirement center and an Irishman who wanted to use the village as a setting for a TV reality show.

Having won the village, a representative for Ahae says that the artist wants to set up an "environmental, artistic and cultural" project in the village. However, details are few and any plans Ahae has will have to get approval from the local regional government.

But with France still in the grip of the economic recession, the purchase of the village was seen as a hopeful sign by the photographer’s new neighbors. Bernard Guilhem, the mayor of the commune that includes Courbefy, believes Ahae’s project will create jobs, telling French radio station RTL, "I’m reassured the village has at last been sold. Even if the (artist’s) project is not very clear,  I’m sure it will revive the area and boost the economy."

The challenge for Ahae will be, of course, to get people to visit and live in the new Courbefy.

As a new resident of a French village myself, I’d suggest Ahae find a theme for his project such as making Courbefy a photography center, complete with studios, photo workshops, lofts and exhibition spaces.

Imagine a whole village devoted to photography, just minutes from some of the world’s most beautiful vineyards. That would offer photographers some great photo ops as well as some equally great wines ops.


Compare that to wanted posters put up over the past couple of days. The difference is more than a bad dye job:


Update from a European friend: That same guy is identified as a rep of Ahae Press here. Still, I find it strange Ahae used a false family name. I guess it isn't surprising considering Ahae isn't his real name.

May 24, 2014, 09:49:14 AM
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« Reply #31 on: May 24, 2014, 09:49:14 AM »
The following two articles found their way to my inbox via a productive little bee. It wasn't always this easy.
This article provides a little more about his Herculean 4-year one-room photo shoot:

Rich Korean recluse hires the LSO to blow his trumpet
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RECLUSIVE South Korean industrialist has hired the London Symphony Orchestra to play a concert in Paris to mark the end of an exhibition of his wildlife photographs.

The 70-year-old businessman, known simply as Ahae, has asked Michael Nyman, the British composer behind the soundtrack to The Piano, the 1993 multi-Oscar winning film, to create a symphony for the occasion.

It will be performed at the Orangerie of the Château de Versailles, the 17th-century royal palace, where several hundred of the 2.6m images captured by Ahae will go on display this week.

For four years, he has lived in a single room, surviving on as little as three hours sleep a night, and taking up to 4,000 photographs in each 24-hour period
You have to subscribe to read the rest. I am so tempted...

A job on the Champs Elysees:
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Ahae Press France, a world class art publishing company is looking for a talented Graphic Designer to help create designs that tell the stories of our products and the artist Ahae who is behind them. We want to hire someone who can push themselves and everyone around them to perform at the highest level. We are seeking an amazing and passionate Graphic Designer to join our office in Champs Elysees.

The Responsibilities:
As our Graphic Designer, you will:
•   Work with the Creative Director to grow and develop the Ahae brand.
•   Have the ability to take a brief and deliver inspiring, provocative, and disruptive results, in short amounts of time, on tasks large and small.
•   Design packaging, ad design, branding design, editorial layouts, event collateral, and on-site exhibition work.
•   Get excited by producing beautiful and thought-provoking designs.
•   Be a quick thinker, and an even faster doer.
•   Be innately curious about life and aware of the latest market and media trends, new aesthetics, materials, graphic styles, typography, and most importantly, solving problems.

The Qualifications:
•   Fluency in French and English
•   Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design or a related field.
•   Comfortable on Mac OS 10.8.5 platform, mastery of Adobe Creative Suite 5: Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat. Proficiency in Dreamweaver and Flash.
•   Web and motion graphics experience preferred.
•   Familiar with both Microsoft Office and Apple iWorks Suite, experience with Apple Aperture and Final Cut Pro.
•   At least 3-5 years relevant experience in the design field.
•   Must have worked on major brands, and have excellent package design skills.
•   Must be able to work on multiple projects at once while hitting aggressive deadlines.
•   Must be creative, independent, and able to see a creative project from idea conceptualization through to final execution.
•   Must be aware of production techniques and should be able to coordinate with vendors.

The Application:
•   Check out www.ahae.com , and if you think there is a good match with us, then please apply with a custom cover letter explaining why you want this job. Don’t forget to attach a portfolio demonstrating your best work. Please email all enquiries to [email protected] .

Compensation:
•   Salary commensurate with experience and skill level. 3 month trial period where evaluation meeting will be held to discuss long term employment.
Long-term employment. lol


May 24, 2014, 11:25:22 AM
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« Reply #33 on: May 24, 2014, 11:25:22 AM »
Positive review of an AHAE exhibition with a little more about the exhibition and AHAE's supposed working process. I don't recall reading he used 40 cameras before.

The Extraordinary Within the Ordinary - Ahae
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There can have been no grander place to stage an exhibition than the Palace of Versailles. Last week, in the Orangerie, in a gallery specially created by British designer Guy Oliver, I looked at a series of pictures by Korean photographer and poet, Ahae, that had been mounted in keeping with the magnificence of its setting. For four years, come rain or shine, this 74-year-old billionaire businessman spent every hour from dawn to dusk taking photographs of the natural world visible from a single window. In intimate and exquisite detail, and using some 40 cameras, Ahae documented the flora, fauna, land and skyscapes visible in his garden.

His pictures reflect the changing seasons and the differing daylight conditions and the effect these have upon his subjects. There were more than 200 pictures on display and another 400 available to view on digital screens. No expense had been spared. The exhibition boasted the largest C-print ever exhibited at 12 metres high by 5 metres wide, requiring investment in new technology. Two nine-metre high prints of trees were shaped to the stone arches on either side of a staircase. Platinum prints, made famous by such past masters as Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen and Paul Strand, were used as well as watercolour prints to give a diffused effect to the nature captured upon them. The very best frames were selected, the composer Michael Nyman was even commissioned to write a score to accompany the exhibition. The show was timed to coincide with the 400th anniversary celebrations of the birth of Andre le Notre, who shaped the magnificent gardens for Louis XIV.

Inevitably, The Extraordinary Within the Ordinary raises questions about the nature of art. It would be easy to dismiss this exhibition as style over substance - the substance being just a collection of nature photographs given undue cultural prominence by the splendour of their setting. Yet this would be a misrepresentation, for the photographs are not only stunning but derived from an interesting and thorough concept. Ahae is, even by his own admission, not a nature photographer in the traditional sense. Whereas the latter will go out to find their subjects, researching their habitats and waiting patiently for the right moment to capture them on camera, nature comes to Ahae. The world outside his "ordinary" window teems with "extraordinary" life - hence the exhibition's title. Deer drink from a water hole, hares fight playfully, a bird in flight is silhouetted against the sun, moons rise and suns set in varying shades of vividness, fish leap from a stream, light is reflected from water creating Jackson Pollock-like abstract patterns, leaves change colour in the seasons.

Ahae writes, "Spring is childlike, Summer is young, Autumn has grown old, Winter is grey-haired and silent". Nature is captured in all its wonderment. The concept of viewing from a single vantage point is rigorous in concept and practice. There is no romantic construct. Ahae's photographs are teeming with art in this modernist sense, post-modern even in that there is a hint of the eternal, the universal, about them. They document nature in the most simple way with no post-production . Ahae's obsession with nature echoes Marcel Proust's words that, "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes".

Ahae never gives interviews, never talks about his art, though his son, Keith Yoo, who curated the exhibition, believes his father is reacting against those proponents of so-called "chic art" who look down upon anything as ordinary as photographs of nature. Ahae allows us to glimpse his magical world. It's a world on his doorstep, one that he can directly influence and affect. Implicitly but gently, he urges us to look after our own vicinities and to protect and preserve the wonders of nature that he has obsessively recorded in a, yes, artistic way.

I am so curious to see AHAE's room with a view.


May 25, 2014, 10:15:06 PM
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« Reply #35 on: May 25, 2014, 10:15:06 PM »
Saving some links:
http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Artist-linked-to-Korean-ferry-disaster-/32722
http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2013/07/nature-photography-versailles

The resort Michael Ham used to work for is owned by Yoo:
http://articles.latimes.com/2006/may/19/local/me-resort19
http://www.recordgazette.net/news/article_84ebcdd2-68f7-50cd-9214-5dd5ff1a8ad8.html

Here's Michael Ham again. He was involved with Yoo and his church well before AHAE was invented:
http://www.bizapedia.com/hi/EVANGELICAL-MEDIA-GROUP-INC.html

I guess Yoo does populate his offices with his followers^

An English language school with the same address as Michael's previous place of work, the above mentioned resort:
http://www.welsamerica.com/ Michael is the CEO, but strangely that's not listed on his Linked In profile.
http://www.welsamerica.com/eng/korean/company/company_staff.shtml
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Mr. Michael Ham
CEO & President

Mr. Michael Ham was born in London, Ontario and grew up and was raised in Vancouver, BC. He attended and graduated from the University of British Columbia (UBC) with two degrees - a Bachelor of Human Kinetics and a Bachelor of Education (Secondary). He taught high school students in the Vancouver Public School system for two years before moving to New York, USA in August of 2001 to take on other pursuits. Mr. Ham's passion for education has led him to WELS and he sincerely hopes to expose as many people as possible around the world to WELS's philosophy of experiential language and cultural learning. He has worked for WELS since the company started its business in the fall of 2003.

May 26, 2014, 03:01:32 AM
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« Reply #36 on: May 26, 2014, 03:01:32 AM »
Well things just got even more unbelievable thanks to some stellar research from an already stellar researcher:

It seems certain that Kevin Ham is Michael Ham's bother. (AHAE's PR and member of his cult). And that Kevin is, or at least was, a member of Yoo's cult.
Remember www.god.com? We can add www.satan.com, www.heaven.com, www.snog.com, and who knows what else. Perhaps even the hosting company I use. :o

Was Yoo getting a piece of the action? If he manages to get out of Korea, might he turn to the Ham brothers?

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2007/06/01/100050989/index.htm?postversion=2007052214

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The man who owns the Internet
Kevin Ham is the most powerful dotcom mogul you've never heard of, reports Business 2.0 Magazine. Here's how the master of Web domains built a $300 million empire....

Ham is a devout Christian, and he spends $31,000 to add Christianrock.com to his collection, which already includes God.com and Satan.com. When it's all over, Ham strolls to the table near the exit and writes a check for $650,000. It's a cheap afternoon.

Christianity had long been a mainstay with his family, but as an undergrad, he made the Bible a focal point of his life; he joined the Evangelical Layman's Church and attended regular Bible meetings. Ham recalls that it was about this time -- 1992 or 1993 -- that he was introduced to the Web. A church friend told him about a powerful new medium that could be used to spread the gospel.

Some more: http://fusible.com/2010/07/kevin-ham-reinvents-the-reinvent-com-web-site-theres-a-new-kid-in-town/
http://www.bcbusiness.ca/people/technology-winner-kevin-ham

 

May 27, 2014, 08:55:02 AM
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« Reply #37 on: May 27, 2014, 08:55:02 AM »
It could be a coincidence as updates weren't all the frequent beforehand, but the last time AHAE Products Facebook page was updated was April 15, 2014, the day before the ferry disaster:
https://www.facebook.com/AhaeProducts?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser


And that page yielded another little Kevin Ham connection:


June 02, 2014, 11:35:40 PM
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« Reply #38 on: June 02, 2014, 11:35:40 PM »
http://ahae.com/introduction is surprisingly back online, but there's no mention of the manhunt. That is exactly how the JMS cult handled their leader's fugitive status. His then-fugitive status and subsequent arrest and conviction is the giant elephant in JMS's room. Likewise, I doubt we'll ever see articles about the manhunt here http://ahae.com/press/

And there's more good news for AHAE. His name is engraved, and perhaps immortalized, at the Louvre. And it only cost him 1.1 million euros, which is a staggering 2,750 times the amount (400 euros) he spent on crew training and evacuation drills the same year. And of course that isn't all he spent on developing brand AHAE.


Another tidbit was revealed by the good folks updating AHAE's growing Wikipedia page. And that page is worth checking out daily as it's growing in leaps and bounds with fascinating and disturbing information being added daily as more comes to light on the cult of AHAE. Back to the music:
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French composer Nicolas Bacri was commissioned to write a 29 minutes long symphonic piece, his opus 130 titled "Ahae's Day (Four Images for Orchestra)".
We have Michael Nyman's 6th symphony called AHAE and a symphonic piece called AHAE's Day, and then there's AHAE's name engraved at the Louvre. One thing I've noticed about cult leaders and dictators the world over: they like naming things after themselves. This is yet another indication of the cult of personality Yoo/AHAE has striven (and spent) to create. If AHAE had his own country, something tells me it would look something like the other Korea:
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North Korea faces serious financial difficulties after reportedly spending $100 million (£62m) in the past year building a personality cult around late leader Kim Jong-il.

North Korean authorities spent $10 million (£6.2m) on a 23-metre statue of Kim in the capital Pyongyang in April, the South Korean Chosun-Ilbo newspaper wrote on its website. Seven similar statues costing a total of $50 million (£31m) have been built around the country since Kim died in December 2011.

June 03, 2014, 11:03:49 PM
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« Reply #39 on: June 03, 2014, 11:03:49 PM »
AN INTRODUCTION TO AHAE AND HIS PHOTOGRAPHY
Ahae has registered and owned over one thousand patents and trademarks and he has received several internationally recognized awards for his inventions.
Here's one of those inventions, the UnderClear Enema Kit, with a glowing review by employee and cult member Michael Ham who, not surprisingly, fails to mention he's an employee of the "inventor" and a member of his cult:
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I have been using this kit for several years now and it really has contributed positively to my health. I am very busy with work and often rush through my meals. This sometimes causes a lot of gas buildup and discomfort in my torso. Being able to empty the contents in my intestines provides instant relief and also clears my head. I've noticed that after using the kit for several months that my body has become more sensitive to the things I eat and I'm able to discern more easily what is good or bad for my body. It is very simple to use and I've enjoyed its positive effects on my body. I highly recommend this kit for those with constipation and constant gas buildup.

June 11, 2014, 10:11:54 AM
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« Reply #40 on: June 11, 2014, 10:11:54 AM »
Lovely French article entitled The owner of "Sewol" public enemy in Seoul, friend of museums in Paris. And it's nice to see Catherine Pégard's video appear in that article. I hope she feels like a right idiot. I'm so glad her gullibility is making the news in France. Here's her video again:


And apparently "AHAE" paid paid 5 million euros to rent the Orangerie at Versailles in 2013 (no wonder Catherine was impressed). 5 million euros spent at Versailles in 2013 - $500 spent on safety training for the crew members of the Sewol the same year.

June 16, 2014, 09:46:43 AM
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« Reply #41 on: June 16, 2014, 09:46:43 AM »
From my man in Europe :), an open letter from the Korean community in France to the Ministry of Culture and to some of AHAE's more prominent fans/beneficiaries. The letter is in French and Korean:
http://pariscopain.fr/archives/905
http://www.louvrepourtous.fr/Affaire-Ahae-les-Coreens-de-France,778.html

Here is Google's English translation of the French:
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Madame Aurelie Filippetti, Minister of Culture,
Catherine Pégard, President of the Public Establishment of Versailles
Henri Loyrette, co-chairman of the France-Korea Year,
Bruno Ory-Lavollé, director of Festival Forest of Compiegne.

June 12, 2014.

For two years, France held an exceptional to an unknown photographer named Ahae red carpet pseudonym billionaire Yoo Byung-Eun, accepting money and exposing his pictures in the Louvre (2012) and Versailles (2013 ), operations and arrangements without precedent in French institutions.

Korean billionaire and his son (YOO Hyuk-ki), which manages the artistic affairs of his father through AHAE Press, however, are now sought after by Korean authorities, even with a premium of $ 600,000 for allowing their arrest. Because not only are they compromise in the case of the sinking of Sewoldont YOO father is the owner and which has more than 300 deaths, but they are accused of embezzlement and corruption via multiple their enterprises. Ahae has also long been the guru of a sect that administers evangelist businessman. In this context, he was imprisoned four years after an affair never fully understood: suicide or murder a group of 32 followers of a subsidiary of his sect, whose happy consequence was the deletion of a large debt Mr. Yoo-Ahae. Ahae and his family have a crossover of companies whose employees are mostly followers network. Lately Ahae sought by Korean police, contacted the Embassy of France to Korea to seek political asylum. The response from the embassy was negative.

Before his first exhibition (New York, 2011), organized as the following by his son YOO Hyuk-ki through AHAE Press, his photos were never shown or in galleries or in museums, and was totally unknown in the world of art. His photos are purchased by its own companies and his followers at a price of 35,000 euros each. We know that AHAE officially gave more than one million one hundred thousand euros (€ 1.1 million) in the Louvre as patron (2012) and paid 000 euros for 500 additional exhibit in rented at the Louvre in the Tuileries Garden Pavilion .

He also gave five million euros (€ 5,000,000) to the public institution of Versailles (2013) by the French press, paying millions to be followed by others elsewhere. 2014, Mr. Yoo-Ahae has offered the gala concert of the Festival Forest of Compiegne. 2015 and the Paris Philharmonic had scheduled an exhibition of photos and a concert by Ahae paid before breaking up with him before the threat of scandal.

All this in Korea appears as the open corruption and causes astonishment which France does not come out grown. Moreover, the French cultural leaders, MH Loyrette for the Louvre, Versailles Pégard Mrs. C. and ML Bayle for Philarmonie were not greedy enough about a production that clearly belongs to the realm of the map Post chic, praise that cause laughter. Not to mention the appalling artistic level of these photos, we can see that these two public institutions, Louvre and Versailles, made an exception for Ahae, far beyond anything that agrees to a patron.

In an honest context, a patron finance an art project without asking for consideration other than the public recognition of his generosity and some symbolic benefits. The two most prestigious public institutions in France have abandoned their spaces to an amateur photographer and unknown cause, against money. It is a scandal of unprecedented scale that calls for clarification. And continues recreation Grove Water Theatre of Versailles, which is scheduled to open in September 2014, is funded entirely by Ahae. Despite the revelation of the true face of Yoo-Ahae, public institution of Versailles continues as if nothing had happened. Ethical charter of the Louvre yet mentions "the possibility of refusing the gift of donors for which there exists doubt on the legality of their activities or their situation vis-à-vis the tax authorities. "

We Koreans in France, have been completely amazed by the behavior of French cultural institutions, moreover international reputation. Seen from abroad, but probably France, the message is this: the only thing that matters is the money collected, which buys all, no artistic quality. Whole affair greatly shocked Koreans hitherto regarded France as a country of great respect for the art and a model country for democracy and free of corruption.

Even more shocked that the President of the French side of the France-Korea Year 2015-2016, Henri Loyrette, former president of the Louvre. It was he who first introduced Ahae in France. To be complete, we must know that the millions poured AHAE to buy real state exhibitions in France, are embezzled money business of his sect, economic and financial malpractices that are the main cause of its proceedings against the Korean authorities.

Today, we know who this man is, but we always see the golden AHAE name engraved at the Louvre, and it is also found on the website of the Château de Versailles. Despite the revelation of the dark face AHAE if some French cultural institutions end up burning bridges, as recently the Philharmonie de Paris, others continue to maintain their relationship with interested AHAE as the Château de Versailles and the Festival fortêts .

Madame Aurelie Filippetti, Minister of Culture, Catherine Pégard, President of the Public Establishment of Versailles, Henri Loyrette, president of the France-Korea Year, Bruno Ory-Lavollé, director of the Forest Festival, we ask to explain by what procedure and under what conditions AHAE was able to penetrate high French state cultural institutions, to clarify the conditions which governed the exhibitions organized by you, and say until when the French State through prestigious but greedy and blind national cultural institutions, and your deposit and your responsibility, will continue to welcome with open arms and without blinking, sour fraudulent money AHAE.

For full and detailed information, see the greatest benefit to investigations Bernard Hasquenoph, www.louvrepourtous.fr

Community alternative Koreans in Paris / Paris Copain

June 16, 2014, 09:48:34 AM
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« Reply #42 on: June 16, 2014, 09:48:34 AM »
Related to the above:
Le Monde: ‘French people criticize Louvre for taking donation from Yoo’
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Voices are mounting calling on the French culture community to reflect upon and atone for mistake, as the pride of French culture has been discarded due to major donations by Yoo Byeong-eon, the real owner of the sunken ferry Sewol and former chairman of the now-defunct Semo Group.

In an article entitled “Le propriétaire du « Sewol », public à Séoul, ami des musées à Paris,” the French daily Le Monde said on Wednesday that Yoo’s exhibitions at Louvre and Versailles Palace, which widely promoted Yoo, an amateur photographer in Korea with his penname "Ahae," were made possible due to his large donations. The newspaper said Yoo donated 1.1 million euros (1.57 million U.S. dollars) to Louvre in 2012, and 5 million euros (6.69 million dollars) to Versailles to support repair of "Le Théatre d`Eau" in 2013.

In return for these contributions, the marble wall at the entrance to Room 5 of the “Ancient Greece and Roma Exhibition Hall" at Louvre currently has a golden plate inscribed with “Ahae” as one of "Grand mécène." “Louvre for All,” the French online media dedicated to French museums, reported that the website of Versailles Palace also includes Ahae in the donors’ list.

“Cheonghaejin Marine Co. spent a surprisingly small amount of mere 500 euros (about 669 dollars) on safety training of its crewmembers in 2013,” Le Monde said. “Seom-na (47), Yoo’s daughter who was recently arrested by the Interpol in Paris embezzled 6 million euros (8.116 million dollars) from the coffers of a group affiliate run by her family between 2004 and 2013, and has made far-reaching efforts with her younger brother to promote photo works of their father.”

According to Le Monde, Louver Museum’s Charter of Ethics has a provision that if a donor is suspected of engaging in illegal activities or dodging obligation to pay taxes, the museum can reject the donor’s offer to donate.

In this light, the newspaper said that if the Yoo family’s donations are found to have been made with the intent of embezzling company fund or money laundering to avoid taxes, France’s flagship museums would have their image tarnished, and could be even criticized for responsibility.

In an interview with The Dong-A Ilbo, Bernard Hasquenoph, a reporter of “Louvre for All,” said that it is a shame that the French culture community continues to advocate for and acclaim Ahae due to its own self-confidence even after the Sewol disaster, adding that there are mounting calls on authorities to remove the plate on the marble wall at Louvre and the website of Versailles Palace.

June 16, 2014, 10:27:14 AM
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« Reply #43 on: June 16, 2014, 10:27:14 AM »
The following two articles found their way to my inbox via a productive little bee. It wasn't always this easy.
This article provides a little more about his Herculean 4-year one-room photo shoot:


Rich Korean recluse hires the LSO to blow his trumpet
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RECLUSIVE South Korean industrialist has hired the London Symphony Orchestra to play a concert in Paris to mark the end of an exhibition of his wildlife photographs.

The 70-year-old businessman, known simply as Ahae, has asked Michael Nyman, the British composer behind the soundtrack to The Piano, the 1993 multi-Oscar winning film, to create a symphony for the occasion.

It will be performed at the Orangerie of the Château de Versailles, the 17th-century royal palace, where several hundred of the 2.6m images captured by Ahae will go on display this week.

For four years, he has lived in a single room, surviving on as little as three hours sleep a night, and taking up to 4,000 photographs in each 24-hour period
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June 17, 2014, 09:51:21 PM
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Re: The Artist Formerly Known As AHAE
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June 14, 2014: How missing Korean ferry boss fooled the French elite
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He was hailed by France’s most eminent experts as a unique artist whose work offered a glimpse of eternity.

Now the Parisian elite has been embarrassed by the revelation that Ahae, a South Korean photographer exhibited in the city’s most prestigious museums, is wanted in connection with the ferry disaster that killed 250 children off the coast of his homeland in April. The disclosure has left the Louvre and Château de Versailles facing claims that they sold their souls by placing the 73-year-old recluse on a pedestal in return for multi-million-euro donations.

Ahae, whose real name is Yoo Byung-eun, is wanted after the sinking of the Sewol with the loss of 304 lives, mostly children from a school near Seoul. This week, about 6,000 police officers stormed a complex in the South Korean city of Anseong trying to find him. He has been on the run since the sinking amid reports — denied by his aides — that he controlled the family-run company that owned the vessel. The firm is accused of turning the ferry into a death trap through lack of maintenance.

Mr Yoo, who says he owns nothing more than tea plantations and a lavender farm, is best known in South Korea for defrauding members of the Evangelical Baptist Church, founded by his father-in-law. He was given a four-year jail sentence for the offence in 1991.

Six years later, the ferry company he headed at the time went bankrupt.

In France, however, Mr Yoo — or Ahae, as he started calling himself — is famed for the 2.6 million wildlife photographs taken from the window of his studio during a four-year project.

Henri Loyrette, director of Louvre in 2012, allowed his work to go on display in the Tuileries Garden beside the museum. He gushed that Ahae “invites us to see the extraordinary in the apparently ordinary”.

A year later, Ahae had an exhibition in the Château de Versailles, whose chairwoman, Catherine Pégard, said: “Behind the modesty of the photographer’s gesture is the extreme sophistication of the poet’s thought. An instant becomes eternity.”

Now Bernard Hasquenoph, the editor of Louvre Pour Tous, a website dedicated to the Louvre, has revealed that Ahae donated €1.1 million (£877,000) to the museum at the time of his exhibition. He then gave €5 million to Versailles. “He turns up with his money and he pays prestigious places to exhibit his work and buys recognition,” Mr Hasquenoph said.

Château de Versailles denounced the allegation as ridiculous, and a statement on Ahae’s website rebutted the claim that he had paid the Louvre for an exhibition.