Old Seoul Station to host Asian youth art festival

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Old Seoul Station to host Asian youth art festival


A photo by Roh Sae-hwan from the festival. Provided by the organizer

The old Seoul Station building is to receive a cultural makeover this summer through the Asia Students and Young Artists Art Festival.

Young artists numbering 777 including undergraduate and graduate students ? domestic and overseas ? will spruce up the interior of the station with their art.

The main theme of the festival is contemporary Asian art, and it is the first art fair in Korea wholly dedicated to promising young Asian artists in their 20s.

The process of narrowing down the finalists was not easy. There were 1,950 portfolios submitted for 677 spots for domestic artists. The last 100 spots were taken up by overseas artists from Taiwan, Singapore, India, Japan and others.

The art festival is divided into three sub- themes and includes sections such as media art, photography, 3D and Korean contemporary art.

Visitors have the opportunity to purchase showcased artwork. Prices range from 1 million won ($1,000), the maximum price for student work, to 3 million won, the maximum for other pieces.

An interesting feature of the festival are the 70 student art managers on hand to provide detailed descriptions on the artists, their respective artworks as well as purchasing information.

These helpers, trained by Seoul Auction, Korea’s top art auction company, are undergraduate and graduate students interested in working in the art world.

The historical Seoul Station building was designed by Tsukamoto Yasushi and resembles the Tokyo Station building.

This art fair is one of initiatives led by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to promote Korean culture as well as revive and restore cultural properties.

The Asia Students and Young Artists Art Festival will take place from Aug. 8 to 10 and then from Aug. 13 to 17 at the old Seoul Station building, Jung District. Tickets cost 2,000 won ($2) for adults and 1,000 won for students and children. For more information, visit http://asyaaf.chosun.com or call (02) 724 5646.

By Jason Kim Staff Reporter [jason@joongang.co.kr]
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