Korean Beauty: Two Kinds of Nature

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Seoul is pleased to present its second collection special exhibition entitled Korean Beauty: Two Kinds of Nature .

The exhibition, curated by Chuyoung Lee, looks at the works of contemporary Korean art whose original sensitivity and aesthetics that emphasize the empathy with nature.

It showcases contemporary Korean artworks in various mediums including painting, traditional-style painting and sculpture chosen from the museum collection. The selection of around 140 works by approximately 60 artists, mostly from the Museum collection, reflects the original sensitivity and aesthetic of Korean art that lay emphasis on the empathy with “nature” as representing all beings in the world.

Korean Beauty: Two Kinds of Nature observes the inimitable perspectives and aesthetic senses of contemporary Korean artists. It intends to redefine the concept of Korean beauty, which has been confined only to the artifacts under the category of traditional Korean art (such as Buddhist statues, stupas, ceramics and Hanok), by casting light on the distinctive characteristics and creative aesthetic consciousness peculiar only to contemporary Korean art.

The subtitle “Two Kinds of Nature” came from the question of how Korean artists’ ideas and philosophies are embodied in their works. The exhibition aims, therefore, to open the gate of “another nature” that is created by the artists’ attitudes towards and empathies for “nature”.

  • Open:
    Saturday, 17 May 2014
  • Close:
    Sunday, 28 September 2014
  • Address:
    30 Samcheong-ro, Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
  • Phone:
    +82 2 3701 9500
  • Web:
  • Opening hour:
    Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun | 10am – 6pm; Wed, Sat | 10am – 9pm
  • Closing day:
  • Admission:
    4,000 Won
  • Photo credits:
    1. Song Hyunsook, 9 Strokes, 1998, Collection of MMCA; 2. Installation View of Korean Beauty. Courtesy of National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Seoul


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