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[Weekender] What to expect in the Korean art scene next yearBy Park Yuna
Published : Jan. 1, 2022 - 16:01
The late Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-hee’s art collection donated to the country also triggered an interest in art, with people lining up to see the artworks given to two national museums. On top of that, internationally renowned galleries have also turned their eyes to Seoul, either looking to open a new gallery or expand gallery space in the city, which is rising as an important art market in Asia.
The buoyed atmosphere in the Korean art scene is expected to continue next year with a variety of art events to take place throughout the year, including Frieze Seoul, the two major art fairs -- Art Busan 2022 and KIAF Seoul, Busan Biennale 2022, and the 59th Venice Biennale. Next year also marks the 90th anniversary of Korean video art pioneer Paik Nam-june’s birth.
Frieze Seoul will take place on Sept. 2 for four days at Coex in Gangnam-gu, southern Seoul, as the first fair in Asia by Frieze, the 20-year-old leading global contemporary art fair based in London. The much-anticipated art fair will be held alongside KIAF Seoul, South Korea’s largest art fair held by the Galleries Association of Korea. Some 260 galleries are expected to show up at the fair -- 100 for Frieze Seoul and 160 for KIAF Seoul.
“Together (the Galleries Association of Korea and Frieze) will create an unmissable week in Seoul that brings together galleries from all over the world and celebrates the city’s vibrant art scene,” Victoria Siddall, board director of Frieze said in a statement, adding that Seoul has “extraordinary artists, galleries, museums and collections.”
Busan is expected to draw many art lovers for Art Busan, a major art fair in the country slated for May 13, and the Busan Biennale 2022 in August. Art Busan has grown into one of the two must-see art fairs along with KIAF Seoul, becoming the largest art fair in the country’s southern region.
Ten-year old Art Busan was visited by a record 80,000 visitors this year who snapped up billions of won worth of artworks. The organizing committee of Art Busan is gearing up for the next year’s art fair which will be held a few months ahead of Frieze Seoul and KIAF Seoul, offering a VVIP preview session for the first time, according to the organizing committee.
The Busan Biennale 2022 will be led by Kim Hae-ju, a former deputy director of Art Sonje Center, who participated in the Busan Biennale 2006. She will introduce the history, culture and identity of Busan based on research and deep understanding of the city. Inaugurated in 1982 as Busan Youth Biennale formed by young Korean artists, Busan Biennale is a leading art biennale in the country, along with the Gwangju Biennale which is to take place next year.
The museum announced the three-year restoration plan in 2019, saying it would maintain the prototype of the masterpiece, repairing or replacing CRT monitors, rather than using LCD monitors. MMCA will have a special exhibition next year in commemoration of unveiling the 18.5-meter-tall work, which also coincides with the 90th anniversary of the artist’s birth.
After Leeum Museum of Art reopens in October after renovation, it will be ready to showcase three major exhibitions in the first half of next year -- “Art Spectrum 2022” in March that features works by South Korean young artists and two solo exhibitions of Korean artist Suki Seokyeong Kang in March and American artist Ian Cheng in April.
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