South Korea

Satirical portrayals of president spark censorship row in South Korea

Shutdown of the exhibition "Goodbye in Seoul" is the latest in a series of censorship controversies around negative images of Yoon Suk-yeol

K-Pop star RM funds restoration of traditional Korean bridal gown in collection of Los Angeles County Museum of Art—and reveals further gifts

The BTS musician and avid collector has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the preservation and promotion of Korean cultural heritage

Korean legacy collector Jason Haam became a dealer 'to make money'—now he's 'in it for the art'

His eponymous Seoul gallery has opened Urs Fischer's first solo show in South Korea

Art marketanalysis

Four things every dealer should know about the Korean art market before going to Frieze Seoul

From hidden taxes to auction house competition, here are some of the unique facets of South Korea's art scene

Six museum exhibitions to see in Seoul during Frieze

From Do Ho Suh's child-friendly clay wonderland to Korakrit Arunanondchai's films on grief and love

Seoul's art market ascent reaches new high with first Frieze fair

The South Korean capital cements its position as a key art centre as Frieze opens its inaugural edition alongside local player Kiaf, together hosting more than 300 galleries

South Korean retail giant Shinsegae poised to take control of Seoul Auction

According to Korean media, the group is close to finalising a contract to spend around $173m to acquire a majority share in the country’s largest auction house

Perrotin and Pace galleries announce Seoul expansions—while other Western dealers test Korean waters via group show

With the inaugural Frieze Seoul opening in September, more international gallerists are staking a claim in the city's rapidly expanding scene

Summer of Seoul: why the South Korean capital is a new art world hub

Plus, the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize winner: a basket made with horsehair

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Frieze reveals the 118 galleries taking part in its inaugural Seoul fair

The global fair brand will bring an international flavour to the Korean capital when it debuts this September, but exact terms of its partnership with the Kiaf fair remain unclear

Sanctions leave 'dozens' of Russian paintings stranded in South Korea

At least four Russian institutions are thought to have loaned the works, including the Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum and the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts

South Koreaanalysis

Pro-arts but pro-sexism? New South Korean president ushers in a contentious era after 'incel election'

Against a backdrop of misogynistic rhetoric, President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol promises to create half a million jobs in the Korean cultural industry

Korean exhibition organisers refuse to return Russian works early

A museum in Yekaterinburg sent 63 pieces to a show on the Russian avant-garde at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul—and now wants them back

For the first time ever, a Korean museum is selling off 'national treasures' at auction

Two bronze Buddha statues are likely to make records for cultural artefacts at auction in Korea

Frieze names Patrick Lee director of new Seoul fair

Currently the executive director of Hyundai gallery, Lee says there is a “long history of collecting culture” in the South Korean capital

Korean wave: could Seoul become the art capital of Asia?

With Frieze preparing a new Seoul fair, and a growing roster of galleries, the city could steal Hong Kong’s crown

Korean museums to receive 23,000 works from Samsung estate in $11bn tax settlement

Lee Kun-hee, the Samsung Electronics chairman who died in October, leaves collection worth $2.2bn, including works by Monet, Dali and Chagall

South Korea confronts legacy of 1980 massacre at this year's Gwangju Biennale

The biennial will highlight the conflicting narratives of the deadly uprising that paved the way for democracy

Berlin dealer Johann König opens new space in Seoul

Opening next month, the new space will include a sculpture garden on a roof terrace

Awardsnews

Singer RM from Korean boyband BTS named 'art sponsor of the year'

The Bangtan Boys musician was recognised for donating $90,400 to the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul last September

Blockbuster Edward Hopper show is relaunched as Swiss museums come out of 'recent slumber'

Museums in South Korea and Hong Kong have also started reopening after coronavirus lockdowns

Coronavirusanalysis

How Korea's galleries evaded a coronavirus standstill

Although the country’s museums have been closed since February, its commercial galleries were allowed to remain open—and sales have continued at a steady pace

All eyes on Asia: normality is still a long way off as museums emerge from lockdown

Visitor numbers at some of the world’s most popular art venues have nosedived and uncertainty for the future remains

Centre Pompidou was about to sign a deal for a satellite space in South Korea—before coronavirus struck

Curators at French museum plan to launch video game centred on contemporary art while its Shanghai satellite reopens to the public

China, South Korea and Japan start to reopen museums after strict coronavirus lockdown

Shanghai's Power Station of Art and Shanghai Museum welcomed visitors today after China's tough measures helped curb the spread of the disease

Why I'm working with the South Korean boyband BTS on an art project

The curator of the global public art collaboration Connect, BTS suggests that new definitions of art are required to democratise it

Art marketpreview

Art Busan hopes to dodge US-China trade war crossfire

Free of the high taxes and stringent customs of mainland China, the fair adds to a burgeoning art scene in South Korea's second largest city

Gwangju Biennale's 11 curators delve into South Korea's hidden traumas

The theme of Imagined Borders addresses the fraught relationship with the North as well as global tensions surrounding migration and identity