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Korean contemporary art revealed in Singapore

’Philip, New York 083182’ by Lee Yong Deok (Photo: Singapore Art Museum)If you want to learn about Korean modern and contemporary art during this winter, Singapore is the place to go.

Singapore Art Museum is holding the exhibition "Transcendence: Modernity and Beyond in Korean Art," displaying Korean art from the 1950s to the present.

The works are on loan from the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul. Over 40 works of 12 artists are being shown.

The featured artists include: Cheong Kwang Ho, Hong Kyoung Tack, Kang Ik Joong, Kim Hong Joo, Kim Kang Yong, Kim Tschang Yeul, Lee Jung Woong, Lee Lee Nam, Lee Ufan, Lee Yong Deok, Park Seo Bo, Suh Do Ho and Yim Tae Kyu.

The exhibition has three parts. The first part focuses on the origins of Korean modernism in the 1950s. Three major artists of Korean modernism -- Park Seo Bo, Lee Ufan and Kim Tschang Yeul -- are featured.

Artists who emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s are spotlighted in the second part. They started to incorporate everyday objects into their canvas.

’Happy World’ by Kang Ik Joong (Photo: Singapore Art Museum)Works of Kim Kang Yong, Lee Yong Deok, Cheong Kwang Ho and Lee Lee Nam are shown in the section.

The last part features Korean art of the 1990s. During this time, artists showed greater interest in the social function of art. Kang Ik Joong used art as an important tool to connect geographical boundaries and cultures.

The exhibition runs through March 15. For more information, visit the website.

By Park Min-young
KOREA, January 2009

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