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The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Gwacheon isn’t the only institution offering large outdoor exhibition spaces in the fresh spring air. Here are three more of the best-known contemporary art museums in Gyeonggi.

Jangheung Art Park

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Jangheung Art Park [JoongAng Ilbo]

The collection of sculptures by famous artists in this park, located in Yangju, north of Seoul, includes “L’Epopee Polonaise” by Antoine Bourdelle and “Love” by Robert Indiana. The museum buildings that loom over the garden look like red, blue and yellow cubes.

In the 1980s, the Total Art Museum was located here. The museum and the cozy cafes nearby attracted a relaxed, intellectual crowd. Unfortunately, the arrival of noisy and gaudy amusement parks, bars and love hotels ruined the ambiance and eventually ate into attendance at the museum.

In 2006, the museum and its surroundings were reborn as Jangheung Art Park, thanks to investments by private galleries including Gana Art Center and the local government. Gana even bought the nearby love hotels, and has transformed them into apartments used as studios for artists.

Today, Jangheung has become one of Korea’s best-known art complexes, with outdoor exhibition spaces, an outdoor theater, a museum for children, more than 50 artists studios, cafes and six indoor exhibition halls.

The complex’s permanent exhibits include works by the pop artist Andy Warhol and the video artist Paik Nam-june.

Special exhibitions also rotate through frequently, including “Color and Stripe” by painters Ha Tae-im and Lee Kyong, which runs until May 30.

The museum will also operate a summer art market called “Jam,” where artists will be able to sell small, low-priced works in person to customers at booths inside container boxes.

The market will take place on weekends from May to October.

*The complex is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays and to 7 p.m. on weekends. It is closed on Mondays. For more information, visit www.artpark.co.kr or call (031) 877-0500.

Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art

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Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art [JoongAng Ilbo]

This museum, located in Gwangju, south of Seoul, features gardens of wildflowers and flower beds with sculptures and a small bamboo forest.

The museum’s collection focuses on major Korean contemporary artists including Lee U-fan and Kim Tschang-yeul.

The museum is now holding a special exhibition, “Latin’s Passion,” to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The show features work by 17 Latin American contemporary artists including the well-known Uruguayan painter Ignacio Iturria. It runs until Sunday.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Tuesdays to Sundays.

*For more information, visit www.youngeunmuseum.org or call (031) 761-0137.

Moran Museum of Art

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Moran Museum of Art Provided by the museum

Located in Masuk, Namyangju, east of Seoul, Moran Art Museum specializes in contemporary sculpture.

Pass through the pretty blue gate, and spacious outdoor exhibition areas spread out before you, with masses of stone and metal scattered here and there.

The outdoor space takes up 28,400 square meters (7 acres) in all.

The museum also has four exhibition rooms and other facilities.

Most of the permanent collection is by well-known Korean artists including Kim Young-jung and Ryu In, but it also includes some foreign sculptors’ works as well as masks and other crafts from Papua New Guinean tribes.

*The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 pm Tuesdays to Sundays in April. Closing time is different depending on the month. For more information, visit www.moranmuseum.org or call (031) 594-8001.


By Moon So-young [symoon@joongang.co.kr]

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