Contemporary Korean Art on Display in Hong Kong

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Over 30 pieces of Korean modern and contemporary art from the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea are on display at the Korean Cultural Center in Hong Kong.


The exhibition MMCA Art Bank Collection at the Korean Cultural Center in Hong Kong consists of 34 major art pieces in the collection of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea (MMCA), featuring masterpieces of dansaekhwa (Korean monochrome painting) by pioneers of Korean modern art including Kim Tschang-yeul, Chung Sanghwa, and Lee Dong Youb, as well as a selection of fine art and media art by promising Korean artists.

Dansaekhwa (Korean monochrome painting) arose during the 1970s and is still one of the most representative art genres of Korea. Following dansaekhwa, abstract painting became mainstream in the Korean art scene of the late 20th century.

The exhibition is divided into three parts: The Color, The City, and The Convergence. In The Color, nine vibrant canvases show how Korean abstract paintings with refined colours have changed over the decades. The City shows figurative paintings depicting the cityscape of Seoul, portraying fragments of urban life and the ordinary scenery encountered by city folks every day. In The Convergence, the art pieces express Korean-themed subjects through Western media, and vice versa. Visitors will find oil-on-canvas works recalling the aesthetic of modern Asian ink paintings, or compositions inspired by Western abstraction rendered in ink on traditional Korean handmade paper.

This exhibition has been rescheduled to start on 7 April, 2020 instead of 12 March, 2020 as mentioned previously.


When: 7 Apr 2020 - 30 May 2020 Where: Korean Cultural Center in Hong Kong – 6-7/F, Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street – Central