A former tobacco factory has recently been transformed into a new National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art located near Cheongju University. It has opened storages based on the collections of art galleries, the government, and art banks for the first time in Korea. Now, many people come to this place and have their cultural lives enhanced.
The Seowon News went there to see various new exhibitions in the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
On the first floor, there are 162 sculptures and crafts from the collections of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. These are works of artists who have occupied important positions in contemporary Korean sculptural history. One of the representative works is Paik Nam June’s ‘Descartes’ from 1963. This piece shows a big human face and small body constructed through the use of electronic circuit boards. Three monitors showing the eyes and mouth had once been able to be activated but now cannot function because the machine is so old.
There is a visible storage from the collections of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art on the second floor. Larchiveum, a complex art space consisting of a library, archives, and a museum on the third floor, will be opened in November 2019.
The ‘Open Storage Artbank Collection’ is also currently on display on the third floor. Of the art bank’s collections, some 150 works are piled up on the walls and cupboards of the exhibition hall, which are in the form of an open storage display. It will be on display until December 2019.
The special storage on the fourth floor is under preparation and will be opened in November 2019. On the outer walls placed on the first and fifth floors, there is a Special Exhibition Gallery, now exhibiting 'The Adventure of Korean Contemporary Painting: I will go away all by myself.' This exhibition shows 17 painters from the 1930s and 40s who developed their own painting styles in modern art. It represents the painters’ destiny to move their art forward even though it was considered to be a dark age of painting.
Outside the museum, we can see a big artwork installation called ‘Dandelion’ by Choi Jeong Hwa. It uses pots, baskets, and other everyday items commonly used in households. There is another artwork outside entitled ‘Venetian Rhapsody-The Power of Bluff’ created by Cody Choi located in front of the entrance wall. We can see a tiger, peacock, and dragon with a neon light and LED lighting within this piece.
Yeo Sun-ho, an English Education major student, also went to the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. He said “I only went to an art museum in Seoul, and this was my first time visiting an art museum in a provincial area. It was also well decorated.” He added, “I felt like it had an exhibition of works that I could easily enjoy even if I wasn’t an expert, and it was good.”
It opens every Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Also, tickets are available only one hour before it closes, and they are free. For more information, visit this website (http://www.mmca.go.kr).