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Not-to-miss art exhibitions, fairs in 2022
As Korea continues to rise as a cultural behemoth in the 21st century, with the streak of successes it has achieved in music, TV and films, art museums and galleries here are also eyeing to promote what they have started calling “K-art,” in connection with “hallyu,” or the Korean Wave.
Kansong museum's auction participation draws controversy over national treasure trading
Two state-designated national treasures from the collection of the Kansong Art Museum have been put up for auction but failed to find a new home, stirring controversy over the implications of the museum's decision to commercially trade in artifacts of significant cultural and historical value.
Lunar New Year drawings warding off evil spirits adorn Gwanghwamun
During the 1392-1910 Joseon Kingdom, a curious-looking set of drawings would be posted on the main gate of the royal palace every Lunar New Year's Day. They were “munbaedo” - images of both real-life and fantasy animals, like tigers, dragons, magpies and “haetae” (a lion-like horned creature), as well as golden-armored generals - placed at the entrance to ward off any evil sp...
94-year-old Song Hae seeks Guinness World Record as oldest music show host
Veteran entertainer Song Hae, whose signature voice and gestures as emcee of the “National Singing Contest” have made him an icon of Korean television, is now seeking the Guinness World Record for being the world's oldest TV music talent show host, the public broadcaster KBS announced, Tuesday.
Webtoons grow as entertainment industry tool to expand intellectual property
Day by day, it is becoming more difficult to define “webtoons” simply within the genre of comics. As more K-pop agencies, drama production houses and even game developers are joining to create web comics based on their original content, webtoons have become a crucial marketing tool to expand the scope of their intellectual property (IP) and build unique “universes” that will ...
Artist sees modern human life in extinct dodo
Rising artist Kim Sun-woo's scenes of mountains punctuated by thick forests and water roaring through deep ravines are, in a way, reminiscent of traditional Korean landscape paintings. But there's one alien element that remains prominent in his dreamlike vistas - the dodo. His latest series of 21 paintings will be on display at the Gana Art Center's upcoming exhibition, “Para...
MMCA Cheongju exhibition spotlights never-before-seen international collection
The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA) has decided to kick off the new year by unveiling the creme de la creme of its global art collection. From Andy Warhol's late self-portraits to David Hockney's photographic collage, 104 paintings, sculptures and etchings are on display at the museum's Cheongju branch in North Chungcheong Province - with more tha...
1st Tongyeong Triennale promotes port city as hub of arts, crafts
The port city of Tongyeong in South Gyeongsang Province, often referred to as the “Naples of Korea,” has long forged an unmatched legacy when it comes to traditional craftsmanship. When Japan invaded Korea in 1592, famed Admiral Yi Sun-sin established his headquarters in the city to take command of the naval forces in the three southernmost provinces ― Gyeongsang, Jeolla and ...
2022 to be 'year of Nam June Paik' in celebration of video artist's 90th birthday
Marking the 90th anniversary of Nam June Paik's birth this year, Korean museums and art centers are gearing up to revisit the imposing legacy left behind by the video art visionary. It was in 1965 when Paik, with his brand-new Sony Portapak recorder in hand, documented the jam-packed procession of Pope Paul VI in New York from a moving taxi - giving birth to the genre of vide...
Actress Lee Ha-nee announces pregnancy
Actress Lee Ha-nee is pregnant with her first child, her agency Saram Entertainment confirmed, Sunday. The news comes less than a month after she tied the knot in late December. “Lee has entered her fourth month of pregnancy and is expected to give birth around June,” the agency's official statement read.
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