Institute traces 60 years of foreign exhibitions

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Institute traces 60 years of foreign exhibitions


From left: Documents from the “Exposition d’Art Moderne Belge” (1952), “Nouvelles Figurations en France” (1982), “Olympiad of Art” (1988) and “Biennial Whitney in Seoul” (1993) Provided by Kim Daljin Art Research and Consulting

As Korea grows into an art capital in its own right, domestic works have been getting a lot of attention. But foreign art is important, too, for the novel and sometimes controversial perspectives it brings to the country.

A Belgian exhibition held during the Korean War is one such foreign influence selected for presentation at Kim Daljin Art Research and Consulting in Seodaemun District, western Seoul. A leaflet advertising the showing and related newspaper articles from the time are among a number of historical documents on display at “60-Year History of Foreign Art Exhibitions in Korea,” which runs through July 14.

The 1952 “Exposition d’Art Moderne Belge” was the first foreign art exhibition since Korea’s liberation from Japan. It featured 80 paintings as well as prints by six Belgian artists.

Together, 16 local art experts selected by the institute picked “Biennial Whitney in Seoul” from 1993 as the most important foreign exhibit to come to Korea in terms of quality and impact on the Korean art scene. The institute will present books, posters and news articles about the key event.

“The exhibition was very controversial as it featured radical American art that dealt with sensitive social issues such as homosexuality and economic classes,” the institute said in a press release.

The 16 experts also picked “Nouvelles Figurations en France” from 1982 and the “Olympiad of Art” held to celebrate the Seoul Olympics in 1988.

* Admission is free, and hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The show is closed on Sundays. For more information, visit or call (02) 730-6216.

By Moon So-young []
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