South Korea


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


New outbreak of coronavirus in Seoul has caused the re-closure of its museums, perhaps a sign of things to come

Some art institutions foresee a rolling series of partial lockdowns in future


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


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

Museums & Heritage

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

BTS Connect

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 market

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

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


Peace between North and South Korea puts an end to sculpture by artist eL Seed

Artwork in the demilitarised zone remains unfinished and could be destroyed after the countries pledged an end to the war


Lee Bul lights up Hayward Gallery inside and out for its 50th anniversary

Korean artist has covered exterior of Brutalist gallery with 180,000 crystals as part of mid-career survey

François Pinault

Pinault sends his collection across the globe

Modern and contemporary works are on the way to Korea and Brazil

Art fairs

Visitors to Art Gwangju regarded the fair as 'a kind of museum exhibition'

More officials than collectors?


Books: A history of the development of an international restitution ethic

Giving things back—the how, when, where and why

Design Miami

Design Miami/Basel's aspirations towards Asian market are realised with potential Seoul edition

Representatives of the Seoul Design Foundation have contacted founder Craig Robins requesting his presence in Korea

Fakes & copies

Park Soo-keun work sold for record price in Seoul is not a fake, investigation finds

Sold at auction for 4.52bn, ($4.86m)

Commercial galleries

Collector C.I. Kim to open second contemporary art gallery in Cheonan, South Korea

The Korean collector has chosen the British architect David Adjaye to design the new building

Mark Rothko

Rothko exhibition for China and South Korea

The travelling exhibition will be the first major show on the artist in either country


Collector profile: The unstoppable Mr Kim

Businessman, artist, collector—and dealer?

South Korea

C.I. Kim's monumental Britart collection encourages the consumer to dream

The businessman, collector, and artist whose department store museum includes work by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Anthony Gormley