In anticipation of the upcoming Kiaf SEOUL and Frieze Seoul art fairs in September, Korean art institutions are arranging various events.
From September 1 to 10, coinciding with Kiaf SEOUL and Frieze Seoul, the city of Seoul is hosting “Seoul Art Week” to offer diverse art events for global art professionals and collectors visiting the city. This includes large art events such as the Seoul Mediacity Biennale, the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, and Seoul Fashion Week, along with participation from numerous galleries, art museums, and non-profit organizations.
The “2023 Korea Art Week,” organized by the Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS), will take place nationwide from September 1 to 11. Art Week collaborates with around 290 exhibition institutions, including art museums, galleries, biennales, and art fairs across the country. As part of its offerings, it introduces the “Art Journey” program, where visitors can explore various exhibition venues with the assistance of exhibition guides. Notably, this year’s program is unveiling tailored courses for socially vulnerable groups and adding new English interpretation courses.
On August 2, the organizer of the esteemed Korean art fair, Art Busan, successfully completed its first round of investment.
Established in 2011 in Busan, Art Busan is currently one of the largest art fairs held in the country. In 2022, it secured the top spot in terms of visitors, total transactions, and evaluation by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism for art fairs.
Prominent Korean investors participated in this round, including Kim Sang-heon, former CEO of Naver; Kim Dong-ho, CEO of Korea Credit Data; Kim Seo-joon, CEO of Hashed; and Yoo Young-seok, director of SoftBank Ventures. Furthermore, Korean unicorn startup companies such as Musinsa, a leading fashion store, and Citral, a global mobility group, also participated and garnered attention.
Despite concerns about an economic downturn, the continuous interest in the art market has demonstrated the high value and growth potential of the Art Busan brand.
The artworks by artists Lee Jaehoon, Min Sun, and Jeong Zikseong, who were selected for the 2021 Chongkundang Yesuljisang Art Award, will be exhibited. The 10th Chongkundang Yesuljisang Exhibition will take place from September 21 to October 2, 2023, at the Sejong Center for the Arts Gallery 1.
The Chongkundang Yesuljisang, initiated in 2012, is a program matched by Chongkundang, Korea’s leading pharmaceutical enterprise, with the Korea Messena Association and alternative space Artspace Hue, aimed at contributing to the development of contemporary Korean art by supporting alternative spaces and artists.
The selected artists are those aged 45 and under who have participated in residency programs and exhibitions in non-profit exhibition spaces in the previous year. The selection process involves two rounds of evaluation by six judges, resulting in the selection of three artists. The selected artists receive a total of 30 million KRW for three years, and the final year of support includes holding a solo exhibition.
Next year, a solo exhibition of the artists Park Siwol, Oh Sekyung, and Choi Soojung, who were selected in 2022, is scheduled. Various artists, including Yoo Seungho, Jeon Hyunsun, Choi Sun, and Yang Yooyun, have participated in the program.