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Comedian Kim Chul-min dies at 54
“I found happiness thanks to you. Thank you. And I love you.” The message to his fans posted on Facebook, Dec. 10, were the last words left by comedian and street musician Kim Chul-min, who died Thursday afternoon after battling terminal lung cancer. He was 54.
Rising international artists' first exhibitions in Korea
With the year nearing its end, Seoul has invited a number of notable rising international visual artists for their first solo exhibitions in the country, largely through globally renowned galleries that have begun expanding their presences in the region.
Dansaekhwa artist's works experiment with 'hanji' as both material and method
When Korea gained independence from decades-long Japanese colonial rule in 1945, a debate emerged among artists about how to sever ties with the Japanese style of art that had once dominated the country's art scene. Together with attempting to end colonialism's influence on art entirely, some put forth developing a new form of “national” art - whether by reverting to Korean t...
Yi Sang's translated poems win prestigious US literary award
Translations of Korean poet Yi Sang (1910-37), published in “Yi Sang: Selected Works,” became the first Korean literary piece to win the prestigious U.S.-based Modern Language Association (MLA) prize.
Exhibition shows 70-year evolution of eclectic Surrealist master, Salvador Dali
A string of memorable modifiers always seems to follow Salvador Dali (1904-89). Known as a Surrealist icon who defined the 20th century, he was the eccentric genius behind his dreamlike, often downright nonsensical, landscapes, featuring optical illusions, melting clocks and elephants with spindly legs.
Exhibition of Surrealist masterpieces rings differently during uneasy pandemic age
“The past two years, marked by COVID-19, have been described by many people as being 'surrealist times,'” began Sandra Tatsakis, Director of International Exhibitions of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in the Netherlands, at a recent press preview in southern Seoul.
Chagall's works with biblical and Jewish motifs arrive in Korea
Russian-French artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985) and his world of dreamlike enchantment, achieved through a palette of ripe, saturated colors, have long been admired by audiences worldwide. “When Matisse dies,” Picasso once said, “Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what color really is.”
[INTERVIEW] Rediscovered cache of color photos gives life to ordinary people of postwar Korea
In December 1902, 102 people flocked to Wolmi Island to climb aboard a ship en route to Hawaii, a land of new hopes and possibilities, marking the start of the first wave of Korean immigrants to America (Hawaii was annexed as an American territory in 1898). As they toiled in sugarcane plantations under the grueling heat, the majority of these migrant workers - who initially h...
Digitizing art as NFTs backfires among big-name artists
The latest hyped phenomenon, the “NFT (non-fungible token),” has been declared Collins Dictionary's word of the year for 2021. The term burst onto the digital market scene as a unique certificate that represents the ownership of any digital asset, including a work of art, as it is registered in a shared ledger, better known as a blockchain.
Poet Kim Hye-soon wins Swedish literary prize
Poet Kim Hye-soon was named the winner of this year's Cikada Prize, a prestigious Swedish literary award that recognizes East Asian poets, Thursday. The award was first established in 2004 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Harry Martinson (1904-1978), a Swedish writer best known for 1956 epic poem, “Aniara,” and a recipient of the 1974 Nobel Prize for Liter...