NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART, KOREA (MMCA)

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If you are a regular reader of my blog or my Instagram, you probably know that I am having huge interests on art, especially modern art. To me, art is kind of a journey. It takes you on a journey to places like you’ve never been. You know, it’s kinds of like you could almost sense the atmosphere of the painting or the object. But, I think the main reason why I love art so much is because art is freedom, makes us feel like it is okay to think on our own terms. And of course, art is a universal language - you don’t need language to understand it.

When I began to contact art, I found that it bringing me a lot of advantages which will do me good. Like art makes me think and learn to observe minutely. I thought about what the artist was trying to express, even art I don’t like makes me think about why. Also, art makes me feel something. I have felt so many things while looking at art, like their anger, desire, love and connection. Through art we can live vicariously through others love, grief, pain and joy.

This was my first time in Seoul, and I thought a first time visit to Seoul just wouldn’t be complete without spend the remainder of my afternoon in National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA)





MMCA is the only national art museum in the country accommodating both modern and contemporary art of Korea and international art of different time periods. The main museum is in Gwacheon while three branches are in Deoksugung, Seoul and Cheongju. And this time, we visited the MMCA Seoul.






What was happening in MMCA Seoul are The Korea Artist Prize, one of the most prestigious art award in Korea. The four finalists who are participating in the exhibition: Kim Eull, Back Seung Woo, Ham Kyungah, and the team of mixrice (Cho Ji Eun and Yang Chul Mo). The four finalists will present their new works in Gallery 1 and 2 of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul. In October, the judges will conduct a second review based on the results of the exhibition, and announce the winner of the 2016 Korea Artist Prize.






Another space which aroused me great interest is Craft Narrative: The Place, Process, Perspective. A place for activities of making is more than a place to produce different objects. It is a place where both 'humans' and 'objects' possess value. The exhibition aims to raise thoughts on the essence of craft by presenting 'the process' or 'activities' of production or the 'craft environment' that conveys different elements of the environment that surround craft, which is a step further from introducing 'craft' merely through objects.























Address
30, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 삼청로 30 (소격동)

Operating Hours
10:00-18:00 (Wed, Sat - Until 21:00)
Last admission is 1 hour before closing




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