Seoul’s Jongno leads new art openings

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Seoul’s Jongno leads new art openings

This year, 167 new spaces opened for art exhibitions, such as museums and galleries, according to a report released Tuesday by Kim Daljin Art Research and Consulting, which was compiled from data based on searches of news articles and websites.

That number is actually down from 182 new spaces in 2012. Still, the 2013 number includes some large museums, such as MMCA Seoul, the Seoul branch of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, located east of Gyeongbok Palace in central Seoul; the Buk Seoul Museum of Art, which is a northern branch of the Seoul Museum of Art in Nowon District; and Hansol Museum, which can be found on a mountain in Gangwon Province.

Among the 167 new art spaces, 67 locations opened in Seoul, with 27 of those in Jongno District, central Seoul.

“In particular, 18 new spaces are located near the MMCA Seoul, creating some kind of synergy,” the art institute said in a statement. “However, the trend of opening new art spaces in Gangnam District, especially in Cheongdam-dong, which peaked around the 2008 boom of the local art market, has weakened in recent years.”

Besides the Seoul metropolitan area, North Jeolla and Gwangju, the home of a major biannual art event, got the largest number of new art spaces, with 13 and 12, respectively.

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