Swiping, scrolling, instagrammin’, catching a regular selfie… It all seems so familiar these days. But what if we had this technology decades ago? That’s exactly what the “Art x Smart” project, by Korean illustrator Kim Dong-Kyu, explores. By injecting 21st century gadgets into famous historical artworks, he takes us to a utopian reality where ancient and modern times meet.

The author of this project, Kim Dong-Kyu, doesn’t seem to be short on humor. For example, he took a classic like van Gogh’s “The Room” and turned it into a hipsterish studio apartment with a neon city bike and miles of charger wires. Apart from being absurdly funny, these works also draw attention to our relationship with new technologies and their influence on modern society. By comparing the originals and their remakes, you can experience an uprising feeling of loneliness, alienation and shallowness in those where the subjects are tethered to modern technologies.

Website: artxsmart.tumblr.com

After “The Room” by Vincent van Gogh


After “The Dream” by Pablo Picassofamous-masterpieces-updated-with-21st-century-gadgets-kim-dong-kyu-2

After “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seuratfamous-masterpieces-updated-with-21st-century-gadgets-kim-dong-kyu-3

After “The Card Players” by Paul Cézannefamous-masterpieces-updated-with-21st-century-gadgets-kim-dong-kyu-4

After “Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog” by Caspar David Friedrichfamous-masterpieces-updated-with-21st-century-gadgets-kim-dong-kyu-6

After “The Ancient of Days” by William Blakefamous-masterpieces-updated-with-21st-century-gadgets-kim-dong-kyu-7

After “L’absinthe” by Edgar Degasfamous-masterpieces-updated-with-21st-century-gadgets-kim-dong-kyu-8

After “The Balcony” by Edouard Manetfamous-masterpieces-updated-with-21st-century-gadgets-kim-dong-kyu-9

After “Portrait de Marie Therese Walter” by Pablo Picassofamous-masterpieces-updated-with-21st-century-gadgets-kim-dong-kyu-10

After “Rokeby Venus” by Diego Velázquezfamous-masterpieces-updated-with-21st-century-gadgets-kim-dong-kyu-11

After “Over the Town” by Marc Chagallfamous-masterpieces-updated-with-21st-century-gadgets-kim-dong-kyu-12

After “Alphonsine Fournaise” by Auguste Renoirfamous-masterpieces-updated-with-21st-century-gadgets-kim-dong-kyu-5

After “The Luncheon On the Grass” by Edouard Manetfamous-masterpieces-updated-with-21st-century-gadgets-kim-dong-kyu-13

After “L’homme Au Balcon” by Gustave Caillebottefamous-masterpieces-updated-with-21st-century-gadgets-kim-dong-kyu-15

After “In the Conservatory” by Edouard Manetfamous-masterpieces-updated-with-21st-century-gadgets-kim-dong-kyu-16

After “The Death Of Marat” by Jacques-Louis Davidfamous-masterpieces-updated-with-21st-century-gadgets-kim-dong-kyu-17

After “Old Man In Sorrow” by Vincent van Goghfamous-masterpieces-updated-with-21st-century-gadgets-kim-dong-kyu-14

After “The Scream” by Edvard Munchfamous-masterpieces-updated-with-21st-century-gadgets-kim-dong-kyu-18

Famous Paintings Updated With 21st-Century Gadgets originally appeared on Bored Panda