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Over half of participating artists to present new works at 2023 Gwangju Biennale
The 59th edition of the Venice Biennale's International Art Exhibition, helmed by Cecilia Alemani, made global headlines earlier this year for filling approximately 90 percent of its roster with women and gender non-conforming artists - for the first time in the event's 127-year history. Lee Sook-kyung, the artistic director for the 2023 Gwangju Biennale, witnessed the long o...
From Monet to Picasso: MMCA Gwacheon transforms into 19th-century Paris
Setting foot in the gray-walled circular gallery nestled in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province, is like traveling back in time to 19th-century Paris in the Belle Epoque. Surrounded by the flickering, golden-hued glow reminiscent of the gas lamps that once dotted the Parisian streets, visitors to the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA) only need to take a few...
6 webtoons, web novels from Naver set for screen adaptation by end of year
Naver Webtoon has unveiled a list of six webtoons and web-based novels, which will be adapted for silver or small screens by the end of this year, as part of the internet giant's latest effort to expand the exploitable scope of its intellectual property (IP).The first in line is “The Law Cafe,” a popular web novel that has accumulated over 25 million downloads in Korea alone....
Nam June Paik's video tower returns after 3-year restoration
Ahead of the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, the Korean government was in the process of constructing the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea's (MMCA) new branch in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province. But after its completion in 1986, suspicions were raised that the museum's rotunda, called the Ramp Core, bore a striking resemblance to that ...
Seoul Int'l Writers' Festival to present lineup of global literary heavyweights
A number of global literary heavyweights who have won awards such as the Pulitzer Prize, Hugo Award and the National Book Award, among other prestigious accolades, will land in Korea for the upcoming Seoul International Writers' Festival (SIWF). First launched in 2006 as a platform for fruitful literary exchanges between Korean and international authors and readers, SIWF will...
Kinetic artist Choe U-ram's motorized ark becomes miniature human society
A little ark - made of an intriguing mix of computer-controlled motors and discarded cardboard boxes which altogether reach over 12 meters in length - has found a home in the basement of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA) in central Seoul. As its 35 pairs of black-and-white mechanical oars gradually begin to rise and flap, soon dancing majestical...
LACMA's 'The Space Between' brings into limelight underrepresented chapters of 20th-century Korean art
As Korea continues its ascent as a cultural powerhouse with the likes of K-pop group BTS and Netflix series “Squid Game,” there has been increasing academic interest in examining how the country's works of modern art led to the present moment - because contemporary arts and culture don't suddenly materialize out of a void. “The Space Between: The Modern in Korean Art,” openin...
Giant Rubber Duck to take over Seoul's Seokchon Lake once again
A giant yellow rubber duck that took Seoul by storm eight years ago with its sparkling eyes and tangerine beak is making its way back to the city this fall. The super-sized inflatable bath toy will return to Seokchon Lake in Songpa District, southeastern Seoul, as part of Rubber Duck Project Seoul 2022, scheduled to run from Sept. 30 to Oct. 31, according to the event's organ...
Lebanese-born French author to be awarded Park Kyung-ni prize
Lebanese-born French novelist Amin Maalouf has been named this year's recipient of the Park Kyung-ni Literary Prize, the award's organizer, the Toji Cultural Foundation announced, Wednesday.
Show at UNESCO's Paris HQ sheds light on Korea's mother-of-pearl lacquerware
Lacquer trees have grown and been cultivated in Asian countries for centuries. Its sticky sap, or “ot” in Korean, has served as one of the oldest natural paints used to create a glossy finishing layer on furniture and crafts - through what is called the “otchil” technique. While Korea, China and Japan shared a similar culture surrounding lacquerware until the 668-935 Unified ...
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