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Published : Oct. 20, 2022 - 15:58
The museum was heavily criticized by the media when the painting “Father and Two Sons” by Lee Jung-seop was found displayed upside down. The museum claimed there had been controversy over how the painting should be displayed and that it had conducted a thorough discussion before displaying the work.
The painting hung upside down for about a month before it was corrected on Sept. 19.
Ruling People Power Party lawmaker Lee Yong-ho urged the Culture Ministry to conduct a special audit at the inspection and asked for a further report on the museum. A ministry official accepted the request on the spot.
“We have issued a guidebook on preserving artworks in 2018 and revised it in 2021. It is not true that the museum does not have a manual on managing artworks,” an official from the museum said after the inspection. “We will undergo the special audit if we have to, but there is some misunderstanding on the criticisms of the museum.”
Meanwhile, Youn said that the national museum is to open a fifth venue in Daejeon. Construction will start next year with the opening slated for early 2026. The museum currently runs four venues in three regions: Seoul, Gyeonggi Province and North Chungcheong Province.
By Park Yuna (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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