The Korean Culture and Information Service was launched in 1971 as an arm of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. It serves as a communication bridge to promote Korea overseas, to shed light on international cultural exchanges and to bring that news back to the Korean audience. Toward this end, we report on all of the Korean government’s ongoing policies, on all the president’s summit meetings and on all types of international cooperation. In addition, we also host art performances, exhibits, music festivals and film festivals. Finally, we also reach out to opinion leaders worldwide, to the international press, academia and to artists from around the globe. The Korean Culture and Information Service operates 32 cultural centers in 27 countries around the world.
The Culture Portal is an intergrated culture information website providing various kinds of information about Korean art, cultural heritage, culture business, tourism, athletics and books produced by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea. It is composed of service menus for culture experiences(performances, exhibitions, events, etc.), opinions on culture(culture issues, culture videos, etc.), culture knowledge (culture spaces, Korean Culture 100, etc.), and more. The Culture Portal will expand its range of services both in the public and private culture of Korea to provide high-quality culture contents, ensuring user-oriented services.
Since Kukje Gallery opened at the center of Seoul in 1982, it has been committed to presenting the work of the most current and significant Korean and international contemporary artists. The Gallery has established itself as a leading venue for showing works by major international artists such as Damien Hirst, Eva Hesse, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joan Mitchell, Cy Twombly, Ed Ruscha, Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer, Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, Candida Hofer, Bill Viola, Anish Kapoor, etc. The exhibitions provided the foremost rare opportunity for the Korean art audiences to encounter the works of world-renowned contemporary artists without going abroad.
Recognizing the importance of promoting Korean artists abroad, Kukje Gallery participates annually in major art fairs such as Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach and The Armory Show. The Gallery first presented the most significant artworks by Korean artists alongside more recognizable works of high caliber by international artists. Consequently, the Korean artists as well as the Gallery have been successfully gaining wide exposure and receiving much attention from the non-Korean collectors. The Gallery has also been promoting Korean artists to non-commercial venues, using its solid network of museum curators and critics worldwide. Many of Korean artists who have been presented by Kukje Gallery have gone on to participate in international biennials and major art museum exhibitions.
The Kumho Asiana group opened Kumho Gallery in Gwanhun-dong, Seoul in 1989. The gallery’s mission at the time was to discover and nurture local artists and dedicate to the enhancement of Korean art culture through exhibitions of various artists – both up-and-coming young artists andestablished ones. To this end, the gallery sponsored various art projects designed to provide overview of contemporary art works to general viewers.In celebration of its seventh anniversary since opening, the gallery expanded its facilities and moved to a new building in Sagan-dong in November 1996and renamed to the Kumho Museum of Art.
A museum resulting from the collaboration between internationally acclaimed artist Lee Ufan, presently based mainly in Europe, and architect Tadao Ando. The Ando-designed semi-underground structure houses paintings and sculptures by Lee spanning a period from the 1970s to the present day. Lee’s works resonate with Ando’s architecture, giving visitors an impression of both stillness and dynamism. Located in a gentle valley surrounded by hills and the ocean, the museum offers a tranquil space where nature, architecture and art come in resonance with each other, inviting to peaceful and quiet contemplation, in a society overflowing with material goods.
In 2004, Samsung Museum of Art, which has strived to preserve our cultural heritage and share it with the public under the efforts of the Samsung Foundation of Culture, established in 1965, opened Leeum, Samsung Museum of art. Nestled in Hannam-dong in buildings newly constructed for the museum, Leeum has now grown into one of the aleading museums of Korea, through notable activities and accomplishments, including exhibitions of its highly-regarded collection and special exhibitions.
Meetingroom is a non-profit research organization of working curators, archivists, art restorers, and researchers. Meetingroom began as a voluntary study group focused on sharing expertise and information through research as the importance of maintaining expertise and international exchange increased. Meetingroom signifies the field where new ideas connect and are created as people meet and share their information and knowledge and various human networks are constructed.
MMCA Residency selects and supports promising artists through a one year residency program to encourage the creative environment of the visual arts in our country. The artists who hold the nationality of the Republic of Korea, and are over 25 years old are entitled to apply for this program, and the selected artists will be offered a studio for a year.
Since opening its door in 1969, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Korea has lived through the history of Korean art. In the process, MMCA established itself as a representative institution of Korean modern art. Boasting a superb natural landscape surrounding the site, MMCA Gwacheon will be devoted to various genres of visual arts such as architecture, design, and crafts. Located within a historical site, MMCA Deoksugung will showcase modern art from Korea and overseas. In the heart of the city, MMCA Seoul will focus on introducing global contemporary art. With its up-to-date art storage facility, MMCA Cheongju will fulfill the museum’s primary duty to collect, preserve, study, exhibit, and educate.
〈Moving Triennale made in Busan〉 is a Busan’s mixed cultural festival that allows foreign and domestic visual, performance arts organizations, Humanities organizations to exchange, exhibit, perform, communicate each other through various kinds of programs. Contemporary art and culture is tested and alternative imagination is shown off in this festival.