gnb content footer

home

News Focus

Culture

Culture

Talented young Koreans highlighted at Smithsonian museum

In Washington, D.C., where president Park Geun-hye is currently on a state visit, a cultural event highlighting young Korean artists took place on May 7 (Washington, D.C. time), in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the ROK- U.S alliance. The event venue, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, was filled with the passion, imagination, and creative spirit of young artists who presented diverse genres of artwork.

President Park Geun-hye (left) talks with Secretary G. Wayne Clough of the Smithsonian Institute and museum director Elizabeth Broun, in front of Paik’s exhibit “Electronic Highway” on May 7 (photo: Yonhap News).

President Park Geun-hye (left) talks with Secretary G. Wayne Clough of the Smithsonian Institute and museum director Elizabeth Broun, in front of Paik’s exhibit “Electronic Highway” on May 7 (photo: Yonhap News).


At the museum, Korea’s culture, old and new, was in full bloom. Along with internationally acclaimed Korean-born artist Nam June Paik’s exhibition, entitled Global Visionary, on view in the museum since last December, musical performances as well as artwork by talented young Koreans inspired by Paik were also showcased.

A work of Moon Kyung-won at the exhibition, “Passage Sungnyemun III” visualizes the national treasure in various angles as its components scatter and collapse together, prompting the viewer to contemplate upon the vestiges of time that exist within our daily existence (photo: National Museum of Contemporary Art).

A work of Moon Kyung-won at the exhibition, “Passage Sungnyemun III” visualizes the national treasure in various angles as its components scatter and collapse together, prompting the viewer to contemplate upon the vestiges of time that exist within our daily existence (photo: National Museum of Contemporary Art).


Global Visionary, a retrospective exhibition celebrating Paik’s 80th birthday, provides an unprecedented glimpse into his creative ideas, methods, and even philosophy by featuring key items from his archive.

“If Picasso stands astride that first half of the 20th century like a colossus, Nam June Paik is the center of gravity for all that was new in the second half of that 100-year span,” describes Elizabeth Broun, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Inspired by Paik, known as the “father of video art,” five rising youths -- Ryu Hoyeol, Moon Kyung-won, Yang Min-ha, Lee Lee-nam, Choi Hyo-min -- each succeed his legacy of artistic challenge and experimental spirit at the exhibition. “The artwork displayed at the exhibition mostly focused on concepts of ‘incorporation’ of disparate elements: east and west, traditional and modern, and art and scientific technology,” explained a curator from the National Museum of Contemporary Art.

Musical performances by two talented Korean musicians also earned recognition at the banquet. Pianist Son Yeol-eum performed Tchaikovsky’s scherzo from Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique" and collaborated with Shin on Sarasate’s Zigeunerweise. The musicians, both alumni of Korea National University of Arts, have been drawing international attention at diverse acclaimed competitions.

Two young Korean musicians, violinist Shin Zia (left) and pianist Son Yeol-eum (right) performed at the banquet in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Korea-U.S. alliance (photos: Seoul Arts Center).

Two young Korean musicians, violinist Shin Zia (left) and pianist Son Yeol-eum (right) performed at the banquet in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Korea-U.S. alliance (photos: Seoul Arts Center).


Such opportunities to see talented Koreans in the international arena is more likely to expand in accordance with President Park Geun-hye’s intentions. Earlier from April, she expressed her willingness to become “Culture Ambassador” bringing together and introducing Korean artists to the global scene during her state visits to other countries.

By Lee Seung-ah
slee27@korea.kr

Featured Topics

http://www.korea.net/NewsFocus/Culture/view?articleId=107827

URL Copy

List

Department Global Communication and Contents Division , Contact Us