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Reporter : Park Han-sol
Tue, March 21, 2023 | 00:06
[INTERVIEW] Cultural asset restorer who brought 'hanji' into heart of Louvre
The ninth-century Quran manuscript and 18th-century pastel portraits of the Bourbon family, Europe's powerful dynasty that ruled France, Spain, parts of Italy and Luxembourg - what do these seemingly disparate cultural artifacts have in common? They are invaluable relics from the collection of France's Louvre Museum, which were all restored through traditional Korean paper ca...
Antony Gormley, Chun Kyung-ja to be highlighted at this month's auction
A major art sale hosted by K Auction at the end of this month will bring in masterpieces of Korean female modernists and international titans, including Chun Kyung-ja and Antony Gormley, the auction house said Friday. The auction, scheduled to be held at K Auction's Gangnam headquarters in southern Seoul on May 25, will feature a total of 115 works of art.
Eva Armisen's newest retrospective continues to celebrate 'trivia' of everyday life
Spanish artist Eva Armisen has made another triumphant return to Korea, the country that has described her as an “artist who paints happiness,” for a brand-new retrospective. Her works, as always, show that it is not dramatic spectacle, but rather the emotional “trivia” of everyday life that give people a renewed sense of hope and healing.
Plunging into Joan Miro's constellation of women, birds, stars, suns and moons
A painter who declared an “assassination of painting,” an absolute denial of the established aesthetics celebrated among the bourgeoisie of the 1930s - that was who Joan Miro (1893-1983) was. Miro's dislike of bourgeois art was manifested in his lifelong attempts to plunge into spontaneous experimentation without limits, which came to hold a strong influence and paved new roa...
Seoul International Book Fair to return in grand scale
The Seoul International Book Fair (SIBF) 2022, known as the largest book and publishing trade show in Korea, will return to a grand scale next month at COEX in southern Seoul, as a new kind of book fair tailored to the ongoing pandemic situation. Book lovers from across the country are expected to flock to the annual event to attend a series of lectures, seminars and exhibiti...
MMCA's mask-centric exhibition takes on new meaning during pandemic
Throughout the more than two years of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, what has become perhaps the most intimate part of all of our daily lives is - you guessed it, face masks. Once a common tool of disguise and pretense in classic fables, masquerade balls and even the virtual-reality space full of avatars, masks have transformed into an essential means of safety and protection.
Kim Ji-ha, dissident poet who shed light on democracy
The works of Kim Ji-ha, a leading dissident poet and activist who died Sunday at the age of 81, served as a beacon of democracy during the military dictatorship of the 1970s. Born as Kim Yeong-il in 1941 in South Jeolla Province's Mokpo, the late poet was a critical voice against the government as early as 1964 when he took part in protests against the Korea-Japan Treaty, whi...
Alternative K-pop bands to perform in London
Some of the iconic bands that currently lead the alternative K-pop scene will perform in a trendy neighborhood of East London next week. This year's edition of the K-Music Showcase will return live to London's Shoreditch neighborhood on May 15 (local time) featuring in its lineup the alt hip-hop collective Balming Tiger, indie rock band Se So Neon and Paris-based DJ Didi Han.
'Jikji' project to shed new light on world's oldest surviving book printed with metal type
A collaborative international research project launched last year to analyze the 918-1392 Goryeo era's Buddhist scripture “Jikji Simche Yojeol,” better known as “Jikji,” is taking a new step forward with a grant awarded by the Washington, D.C.-based National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). “From Jikji to Gutenberg,” led by the UNESCO International Centre for Documentary H...
Museums ready to greet family visitors in May
In Korea, an alternative term for May is “family month,” as the month holds holidays honoring members of a traditional family unit, including Children's Day on May 5, Parent's Day on May 8 and Married Couple's Day on May 21. This year, in celebration of May and the centennial of Children's Day, major national museums in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province are hosting special exhibiti...