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Korea celebrates Cultural Diversity Week
Cultural Diversity Week, a nationwide annual festival held since 2015 to celebrate May 21, or the UN-designated World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, kicked off Friday and will run until May 27. Hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Arts Council Korea, the event aims to introduce the value of diversity and inclusiveness through...
Father-and-son artists' cross-generational oeuvre explored
Upon entering the second floor of the Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), visitors immediately lock eyes with the two amusing portraits on display side by side. A bright yellow face with flower-shaped sunglasses for eyes and a melting plastic ice cream for a nose fills the canvas on the left, while an elderly man's cartoonish face rests on an LED panel next to it.
Plastic Art Seoul fair draws interest from new collectors
With a recent surge in interest in the art market and an influx of new, young collectors, local art fairs have been enjoying a rare boom this year. Against this backdrop, the Plastic Art Seoul (PLAS) fair is currently being held at COEX in Gangnam District.
Stones as symbol of the spiritual and nature in conceptual artist Park Hyun-ki's works
Park Hyun-ki (1942-2000) was a pioneering video and conceptual artist of the latter half of the 20th century in Korea, alongside towering figure Nam June Paik. However, beyond his well-known identity as a video artist, lies a vast body of creative work spanning nearly three decades, notably involving the use of stones as a symbol of the spiritual in nature.
Exhibition wrestles with ongoing presence of 'Western art' in Korean contemporary art
Aesthetic forms and themes from outside Korea have been influencing and mixing with Korean art for centuries. As Korea underwent colonial occupation, modernization and development from the late 19th to late 20th centuries, views of “Western art” have run the gamut from uncritical embrace and acceptance, to resistance and reversion to nativist forms. To this day, the complex r...
Art Busan fair kicks off
Art Busan, the largest art fair in Korea, kicked off Thursday at BEXCO Exhibition Center in the southeastern city of Busan, featuring 110 renowned local and international galleries from 10 countries. Founded in 2012, the 10th edition of the four-day fair began with a press and VIP preview session and will be open to the public until Sunday.
[INTERVIEW] Creative spontaneity realized through memory in Kim Jung-gi's live drawings
On a vast stretch of blank paper, the black tip of an ink brush moves freely and spontaneously with no sign of hesitation. The 10-meter-wide empty white space is gradually filled up with distinct scenes of both fantasy and reality: wolves fiercely biting into an endless string that extends across the canvas, naked rows of human bodies partially covered with animal hides and a...
SeMA Bunker exhibition brings forth nameless laborers in Korea's modern history
Although the exact number of Korean laborers Japan forcibly mobilized during its 1910-45 colonization of Korea varies according to historians, the Japanese government in 1947 acknowledged that some 7 million were drafted to work in coal mines, on military construction sites and in mineral fields across East and Southeast Asia. Among them, mineworkers constituted the majority.
Late Samsung chairman's 1,500-piece art collection unveiled to public
To Lee Jung-seob, one of the most iconic modern painters of Korea, a cow was much more than a common farm animal found in rural communities. Serving as one of the central themes in his work, the creature was a symbol of Korea's - or Joseon's - national identity and spirit under Japanese colonial rule. The cattle in Lee's “White Ox” straining to take a step forward describes t...
Painter-cum-miner portrays dark tales
Hwang Jai-hyoung's "Hwangji 330" is the artist's tribute to a miner whose life was cut short in a tragic mining accident in the 1980s. In Hwang's painting, the dead man's uniform is wrinkled and torn. The ID card clipped on the pocket of the worn-out jacket gives little information about its owner, as his face remains blurry and is faded to reflect that much time has passed s...
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