Art in South Korea

Tiger & Turtle – A roller coaster for pedestrians

The locals call this sculpture the world’s slowest roller coaster, but the most fitting name will be stroller coaster. It gives visitors the pleasure of a fairground ride without the speed usually characterized by roller coaster rides. However, the official name is the Tiger and Turtle – Magic Mountain. This interactive installation-turned-landmark …

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Why did Kimsooja crisscross South Korea with her Bottari Truck?

Kimsooja’s trip through South Korea Kimsooja is a celebrated interdisciplinary artist who uses various artistic disciplines and mediums to weave a tale regarding concepts such as migration and cultural issues. Her work has been praised as giving center stage to these issues, and one of these renowned pieces is the Cities on the Move – …

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Dansaekhwa: Korean monochrome painting: Everything you need to know

What is Dansaekhwa? Dansaekhwa is an art movement born in South Korea in the 1970s. The pioneers of Dansaekhwa are born between 1913 and 1936 and avoided any reference to Western realism in their works, creating primarily monochrome and minimalist paintings. Dansaekhwa or Tansaekhwa is a term used to refer to a loose grouping of …

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Why did Nam June Paik create his TV garden?

Why is Nam June Paik important? No one would think televisions are artistic under normal circumstances. Handy, yes. Useful, quite so. Nam June Paik, however, managed to put television sets in circumstances where he reveals their artistry. The celebrated artist is regarded as the father of video art and has manipulated television sets, broadcasted live …

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Yeesookyung’s ceramic vases: Imperfection & surprising results

Yeesookyung is a South Korean artist living in Seoul. She is known for her complex and enchanting ceramic designs and sculptures. Like many of her works, the Translated series series is made up of shards and fragments of broken ceramic pieces that are carefully pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle. Yeesookyung created her Translated …

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Who is Korean painter Sea Hyun Lee?

Sea Hyun Lee’s Between the Red South Korea’s traditional illustrative and art history is immovable; however, cultural and artistic experimentation will always be relentless. Sea Hyun Lee demonstrates his understanding of just how true the above statement is through his art. He manages to join the two forces of past and present together to create …

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Gimhongsok mocks Jeff Koons highest priced work using garbage bags

This Canine Construction by South Korean artist, Gimhongsok is one that anyone would fall in love with, coupled with the enigmatic quality it has. This work is the sculpture of a dog and remains one of the artist’s most well-known works in recent times. The creation involved using garbage bags, balloons, cardboard boxes, all …

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Meekyoung Shin’s beautiful sculptures – Made entirely from soap

About Meekyoung Shin Meekyoung Shin, a South Korean sculptor, became popular for her Translation series, using soap as her medium of art. Trained in the tradition of European sculpture, her statuettes are made factoring in the Western and Eastern styles of relief. Her works are usually made from palm oil, a vegetarian soap. Her technique …

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Why use a transparent billboard? Cayetano Ferrer shows you.

About In 2007, Cayetano Ferrer was invited for an art project in Daejeon, South Korea. Artists were invited to play with the different land- and cityscapes that can be found throughout Korea’s fifth-largest city with 1,500,000 people living there. What makes the city unique is the mix of futuristic architecture and historical buildings, with nature …

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Jazoo Yang (양 자주) created these uncommon murals in South Korea

Who is Jazoo Yang? Jazoo Yang is a South Korean artist who lives and works in Beijing and Seoul. She uses her paintings and installations to document others’ solitude, often in interesting ways. Her paintings, which she creates by using brushes or knives, are usually not finished so that the surface becomes the infinite space …

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