U.S. museum to exhibit work of leading Korean feminist artist

The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington will open an exhibition this week of portraiture by the feminist South Korean artist Yun Suknam.

The exhibition, titled "Portraits of the World: Korea," will run from Friday through Nov. 17, 2019, and feature Yun's "pivotal" work, "Mother III," the museum said.

The 79-year-old artist is described as "a pioneer investigator of feminism through the lens portraiture." And her 1993 Seoul exhibition, "The Eyes of Mother," challenged Confucian ideals of womanhood through a series of portraits of her own mother.


Posthumous exhibit celebrates lesser-known abstract art pioneer Han Mook

Han Mook (1914-2016) is little known to the Korean public despite his immense influence on the country's art history.

Those who know him, however, understand the depth of his art and appreciate the new artistic order and practices he tirelessly pursued throughout his life.

He moved permanently to Paris in 1961, after quitting a teaching job at Seoul's Hongik University, the main reason why he never built a large profile in his motherland. In France, he rarely showed his works in public until he died in 2016 at age 102.


Art brings catharsis and tears -- of joy

 It looks like a swarm of fish, or a flower, or a water current. In the eye of the beholder, it might look like the flowing of blood vessels. Whatever one sees in Lim Mi-ryang's works, her paintings exude a powerful energy and display eerily familiar yet completely new scenes.

Lim didn't do fine art in the beginning. She was more involved in commercial art like designing logos, packaging and advertisements. It's been less than 10 years since she became serious and virtually locked herself in her studio, becoming "addicted" to painting.


Variety show 'Weekend Playlist' jumps 26 spots, powered by Kang Daniel

 TvN's new variety show, "Weekend Playlist," has jumped a whopping 26 spots to rank No. 6 on the weekly TV chart, data showed Wednesday.

The above still image provided by tvN shows singer and rapper Kang Daniel. 

The show, which premiered Sept. 30, featuring four female celebrities looking for fun things to do on weekends, recorded a Content Power Index (CPI) score of 230 for the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4.


Photographer offers new immersive way of enjoying photography and music

 Stepping into Gallery Benro in central Seoul, big black-and-white portraits of hip hop musician and producer Ray Hill adorn the walls. In front of each photo are headsets on chairs.

The exhibition, "Human, SILENT PHOTOGRAPHY," by photographer and art director Hwang Pil-joo is not all about photography. It is a new experiment by the photographer to enhance his connection with his subject matter and present a different way of consuming art and music.


Artists showcase Korean art overseas

A group of Korean artists will host a series of “Traveling Korean Arts” concerts and exhibitions in 23 cities in 18 countries this year, including Hungary, the U.K., Egypt, South Africa and Brazil. 

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange selected 11 artist groups to present their art as part of this year’s “Traveling Korean Arts” program, to be held from Aug. 10 to the end of December. 


“Journey of Time” epitomises objects of “painful patience and perfection”

The Sydney Morning Herald has comprehensively looked into craftmanship epitomised in the exhibition of “The Journey of Time” taking place at the Korean Cultural Centre in Sydney.

It praised the exhibition as exceptionally showcasing the quintessence of craftmanship requiring painful patience and perfection. 

The Journey of Tim features 86 pieces by 23 Korean artists – several of them honoured with that quaint Korean title, "intangible cultural asset".

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