The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) celebrated its Arts of Korea gallery’s 25th anniversary with a ceremony acknowledging the substantial support received from the Korea Foundation (KF), the Samsung Foundation of Culture, and Met Trustee Michael B. Kim and Kyung Ah Park.
This funding will enhance the presentation of Korean art at the museum, bolster collaborative scholarship and educational initiatives, and establish the Korea Foundation and Samsung Foundation of Culture Curatorship for Korean Art. Eleanor Soo-ah Hyun will serve as the inaugural incumbent in the role of Korea Foundation and Samsung Foundation of Culture Associate Curator for Korean Art. Max Hollein, The Met’s Director and CEO, expressed gratitude for the ongoing partnership with the Korea Foundation and the Samsung Foundation of Culture, emphasizing their longstanding support for Korean art initiatives at the museum and the advancement of The Met’s commitment to sharing Korean arts globally. He also extended appreciation to Michael B. Kim and Kyung Ah Park for their transformative generosity in expanding the museum’s Korean art collection.
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Arts of Korea gallery, The Met will inaugurate a new exhibition titled Lineages: Korean Art at The Met from November 7, 2023, through October 20, 2024. This exhibition, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, will showcase over 30 artworks ranging from 12th to 21st-century pieces, offering a comprehensive exploration of Korean art at The Met.
South Korean new media artist Heecheon Kim is set to showcase his works at London’s Hayward Gallery in an exhibition titled Heecheon Kim: Double Poser, running from December 1, 2023, to January 7, 2024. The exhibition will feature a new adaptation of his video work Cutter III (2023), which draws inspiration from video game aesthetics, skateboarding culture, and the gallery’s brutalist architecture. Originally created for a show at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, this piece reflects Kim’s innovative approach to blending art with digital and cultural influences. Another video work, Deep in the Forking Tanks (2019), explores sensory deprivation tanks and scuba diving in underwater caves, using layered images and sounds to disorient viewers and blur the boundaries of reality. Yung Ma, Senior Curator of the Hayward Gallery, commends Kim for creating worlds that reflect the intersection of our mundane reality with the digital realm, offering an absurdist perspective that questions our fascination and reliance on advanced technologies.
The exhibition, developed in collaboration with the Art Sonje Center in Seoul, resonates with feelings of helplessness while providing a playful escape, according to Je Yun Moon, Art Sonje’s Project Director. Kim, who received the Hermès Foundation Missulsang Art Prize this year, is part of a group of emerging Korean artists promoted abroad by the government-backed Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS). He eagerly anticipates engaging with new audiences in London and having meaningful discussions about his work.