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Famous Paintings Updated With 21st-Century Gadgets

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.


“The Room” by Vincent van Gogh

“The Dream” by Pablo Picasso

“A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat

“The Card Players” by Paul Cézanne

“Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog” by Caspar David Friedrich

“The Ancient of Days” by William Blake

“L’absinthe” by Edgar Degas

“The Balcony” by Edouard Manet

“Portrait de Marie Therese Walter” by Pablo Picasso

“Rokeby Venus” by Diego Velázquez

“Over the Town” by Marc Chagall

“Alphonsine Fournaise” by Auguste Renoir

“The Luncheon On the Grass” by Edouard Manet

“L’homme Au Balcon” by Gustave Caillebotte

“In the Conservatory” by Edouard Manet

“The Death Of Marat” by Jacques-Louis David

“Old Man In Sorrow” by Vincent van Gogh

“The Scream” by Edvard Munch

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  • Romana Marková

    absolutely true!!!

  • Todd Cunningham


  • Danissa Maldonado

    uauahahahhahaha lol

  • Irene Rotmanova

    The last one

  • Liane Thau


  • Djouly Mercier

    “gadgets of the 21st century”…so have we only invented iPhones and iPads ?!!

  • Roman Vinš

    apple commercial?

  • Tellah Hula

    i do love that last 2 as well :D

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  • Andrea Horvath

    Sponsored by Apple…

  • Christine MacTavish

    The last 2 are the best.

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  • Ahmed Tazeem

    this is basically an ad of iProducts…. LAME!

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  • Krant

    Damn, only apple products, if there is nothing else…

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  • Wonhee Jeong

    The second one is the best, hahaha :D

  • Joanna Templeton

    these were hysterical

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  • Kris Hendrix

    I was literally LOL with this !!

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    • Angie Vdp

      my favorite is ancient days.

  • Doosup Baek

    Looks so real…

  • Peter

    I was not expecting the broken screens in the end. Good show.

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  • Cris Perez

    this is amazing

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    Pan Krystle duh

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  • Marc

    Not too impressed by this… the last one is hilarious, though.