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Meet stars of contemporary art at Hangaram Art Museum

Starting from December 18, an exhibition entitled “World Stars in Contemporary Art” is currently on display at Seoul Arts Center’s Hangaram Art Museum, showcasing works by some of the most prominent artists of our time. The exhibition of 200 artworks is part of a touring exhibition of artists’ editions commissioned by Parkett Publishers.

Participating artists include Andy Warhol, a leading figure in the pop art movement, and Damien Hirst, one of the world’s best-selling artists, along Louise Bourgeois, Gerhard Richter, Anish Kapoor, and Jeff Koons, among others.

(from left to right) Damien Hirst, "What Goes Up Must Come Down," 1994; Chuck Close, "Self Portriat," 2000; Ellsworth Kelly, "Red Curve," 1999 (Parkett Edition, photo courtesy of Seoul Arts Center)

Among the 185 artists represented are several Golden Lion winners, recognized for their participation in the prestigious Venice Biennale, such as Bruce Nauman and Sigmar Polke. Several Turner Prize winners, including Rachel Whiteread, also have works in the show.

Parkett, an influential international magazine of contemporary art, was founded in 1984 in Zurich, Switzerland. It is one of the most strongly curated magazines in the art world, and is published three times a year. Over the past 25 years, it has worked in close collaboration with many of today’s leading artists.

Also featured in the exhibition is a designated zone for publications, where visitors may freely browse the magazines for relevant articles on each work on view.

(from left to right) Nan Goldin, "Lamb's Ears," 1999; Richard Serra, "Bilbao 1," 2005; Yayoi Kusama, "Infinity Nets," 2000 (Parkett Edition, photo courtesy of Seoul Arts Center)

The exhibition was organized the magazine’s 25th anniversary. It offers a rare opportunity to see works exclusively designed for Parkett and learn about the magazine’s unique collaborations with artists, while providing a “concise overview of developments in contemporary art over the last quarter century.”

Before coming to Seoul, the exhibit traveled to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan and Singapore’s Tyler Print Institute (STPI). The exhibition runs through February 25, and admission is 8000 won for adults and 4000 won for students.

"World Stars in Contemporary Art" exhibition (photographed by Hwang Dana)

To view the exhibit’s English catalogue, please visit (English). For information on Seoul Arts Center, please visit the official website at: (Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese)

By Hwang Dana Staff Writer


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