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Sat, December 3, 2022 | 15:45
Urban Break art fair becomes playground for graffiti, webtoons, tattoo
The third edition of Urban Break, which has made its name known as Asia's largest contemporary urban and street art fair, is expected to be more bustling than ever. The four-day fair kicked off Thursday at Coex in southern Seoul under the theme of “Green, Equity, Digital.” It aims to target a growing number of millennial art collectors and enthusiasts by bringing to the fore ...
[INTERVIEW] How Christianity and LGBTQ rights meet in two religious leaders' mission
Seoul Queer Culture Festival (SQCF) traces its history back to 2000, when less than 100 members of the LGBTQ community first gathered in solidarity in the central Seoul neighborhood of Daehangno for a few rainy days in September. While the annual festival has grown significantly in size since then - relocating eventually to Seoul Plaza in front of City Hall in 2015 - so have ...
Sculptor reconnects past and present through reimagined world of Shakespeare, heavenly paradise
William Shakespeare's greatest scenes of tragedy and comedy have been reborn in the reflective stainless steel wonderland of sculptor-cum-painter Park Ki-woong. Park's new solo exhibition at Gallery LaON in central Seoul offers a peek into his latest series, “Shakespeare” and “TONOTENACELA,” through some 15 pieces on display. “In my work, I wanted to go beyond simply pursuing...
Art installation using dying goldfish accused of animal abuse
An art installation featuring goldfish that are slowly dying due to being locked in IV fluid bags inside a gallery has been partially taken down on Tuesday after being accused of animal abuse. Yu Buck's “Fish” had been on view at the Jeonnam Museum of Art in Gwangyang, South Jeolla Province, since the opening of its new exhibition, “Mourning: In the Wake of Loss,” on June 30.
Owner of most expensive Korean artwork ever auctioned revealed after 3 years
Hailed as one of Korea's greatest abstract masters, Kim Whanki (1913-74) and his iconic pointillist painting grabbed headlines in November 2019, when his 1971 diptych, “Universe 5-IV-71 #200,” fetched HK$88 million (13.2 billion won) at Christie's Hong Kong ― making history as the most expensive Korean work of art ever auctioned, to this day. At the time of the auction, specu...
MMCA spotlights underappreciated history of Korean polychrome paintings
The history of Korea's traditional polychrome paintings, or “chaesaekhwa,” stretches back as far as the Goguryeo Kingdom (37 B.C.-A.D. 668), when murals adorned the walls of ancient royal tombs, and it continued throughout the 918-1392 Goryeo Kingdom, as witnessed in Buddhist paintings patterned with brilliant primary colors. As court, folk and religious paintings, chaesaekhw...
Unification Church confirms mother of Abe's suspected killer was former member
The Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, more commonly known as the Unification Church, confirmed on Sunday that the mother of the suspect in the fatal shooting of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had been a member. The 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami - who was arrested at the scene of the crime in Nara, Japan, after opening fire with his handmade weapon d...
Korea takes center stage at New York Asian Film Festival
“Korea is truly center stage this year,” announced the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) 2022, which is making a full return to in-person screenings this month to celebrate the diversity and talent of Asian and Asian American cinema. The 20th anniversary edition of the festival boasts a lineup of over 60 titles, which will be screened at the Film at Lincoln Center (FLC) an...
DMZ's most secluded village focus of upcoming action comedy drama
Daeseong-dong, also referred to in Korean as “Freedom Village,” is the only civilian settlement tucked inside the southern part of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that has divided the two warring Koreas since the signing of the 1953 Korean Armistice Agreement. The village has remained the most secluded community across the Korean Peninsula for nearly seven decades, fortified by ...
'Extraordinary Attorney Woo' to be adapted into webtoon
“Extraordinary Attorney Woo,” a legal drama centering on a genius lawyer, Woo Young-woo, who is on the autism spectrum, will be adapted into a webtoon series of the same title. The 60-episode webtoon series is slated for global release in four languages - Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese - the drama production house, ASTORY, announced on Tuesday. Its exact release date a...
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