Seoul Drama Awards winner Kim Hee-ae mentions director Ahn Pan-seok

Seoul Drama Awards winner Kim Hee-ae mentions director Ahn Pan-seok

Kim Hee-ae received the Best Actress Award at the Seoul Drama Awards for her outstanding performance in "Secret Love Affair".

Kim Hee-ae started her speech by saying, "Thank you for selecting "Secret Love Affair" out of all others".

"Director Ahn Pan-seok and writer Jeong Seong-joo, I want to continue working with you. Yoo Ah-in, thanks for your hard work and thank you everyone for supporting the drama.

Meanwhile, the Seoul Drama Awards has been held every year since 2006 for the interchange in international culture, Hallyu vitalization and a healthy community.

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Super Juniors Eunhyuk, A Pinks Jung Eun Ji, and Seo Kyung Seok to MC the Seoul Music Awards

Super Juniors Eunhyuk, A Pinks Jung Eun Ji, and Seo Kyung Seok to MC the Seoul Music Awards

Rounding up the music industry in 2013, the 23rd Seoul Music Awards will be taking place to spotlight the artists that worked hard in the past year.

Super Junior’s Eunhyuk, A Pink’s Jung Eun Ji, and Seo Kyung Seok to MC the Seoul Music Awards

The 23rd Seoul Music Awards will take place on January 23 at 7PM (KST) at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium for a total of about 180 minutes.

A Pink’s Jung Eun Ji, Super Junior’s Eunhyuk, and Seo Kyung Seok will lead the award ceremony as the MCs.

The Seoul Music Awards will present awards to artists based on their singing abilities, popularity, creativity, artistry, and planning abilities. The standard of selection falls on digital and album sales (40 percent), judges’ selection (30 percent), popularity on Sports Seoul (10 percent) and application votes (20 percent).

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Lee Min Hos wax figure to be displayed in Madam Tussauds Museum of Hong Kong

Lee Min Hos wax figure to be displayed in Madam Tussauds Museum of Hong Kong

Lee Min Ho’s wax figure to be displayed in Madam Tussaud’s Museum of Hong Kong

Madam Tussaud’s Museum of Hong Kong recently announced that they have a wax figure of Korean actor Lee Min Ho which will be displayed in the museum until the end of March 2014.

Lee Min Ho’s wax figure to be displayed in Madam Tussaud’s Museum of Hong Kong

Lee Min Ho debut as an actor in 2006 and rose to fame in 2009 with the role of Gu Jun Pyo in KBS 2’s high ratings drama “Boys Over Flowers.” His most recent drama “The Heirs” has captured all viewers’ heart, proving his unchanging popularity.

Regarding Lee Min Ho’s wax figure, the exhibition manager stated, “We are happy to introduce famous Korean actor Lee Min Ho as a new addition to the display. We congratulate him on his awards and accomplishments this past year, and look forward to having him as the highlight of Madame Tussaud’s Hong Kong museum for the next few months.”

Lee Min Ho’s wax figure to be displayed in Madam Tussaud’s Museum of Hong Kong

The wax figure is dressed in a slim, black suit with a bowtie. He smiles at the camera and poses with one hand in his pocket. Have you seen it in person? Do you think it bears a similar resemblance?

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Lee Min Hos Wax Figure in Hong Kong Museum

Lee Min Hos Wax Figure in Hong Kong Museum

Lee Min Ho’s Wax Figure in Hong Kong Museum According to Newsen on January 13, Madam Tussaud’s Museum of Hong Kong revealed that they have a wax figure of Lee Min Ho. His wax figure will be on display in the museum until March 31.

Lee Min Ho’s Wax Figure in Hong Kong Museum

Lee Min Ho began his acting career in 2006 but did not skyrocket to fame until 2009, when he starred as Gu Jun Pyo in KBS 2’s hit drama “Boys Over Flowers.” He showed off his charisma and proved that he was a top male actor shortly after in the action drama “City Hunter.” In his most recent drama, SBS’ “The Heirs,” Lee Min Ho received five awards and has been recognized as a talented star.

He is the only Korean celebrity to currently have a wax figure in Hong Kong’s museum. The exhibition manager said, “We are happy to introduce famous Korean actor Lee Min Ho as a new addition to the display. We congratulate him on his awards and accomplishments this past year, and look forward to having him as the highlight of Madame Tussaud’s Hong Kong museum for the next few months.”

Lee Min Ho’s Wax Figure in Hong Kong Museum

The wax figure is dressed in a slim, black suit with a bowtie. He smiles at the camera and poses with one hand in his pocket. Have you seen it in person? Do you think it bears a similar resemblance?

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Seoul gets new modern art museum

Seoul gets new modern art museum

Seoul gets new modern art museum

"Home Within Home Within Home Within Home Within Home" by Suh Do Ho is one of the new installation art pieces on display at the Seoul branch of the MMCA on November 13. (Photo: Jeon Han)

The Seoul branch of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) opened to the public on November 13 at its new location next to Gyeongbokgung Palace in Jongno-gu, central Seoul. At the opening ceremony, President Park Geun-hye expressed her hope that, "The newly opened MMCA Seoul branch will offer the opportunity for people to enjoy culture and the arts and I hope it will serve as a source of creativity and inspiration".

President Park expressed her hope that the art museum would become a starting point to usher in an era of cultural enrichment by unleashing art and culture onto the city.

"Art museums are a requisite for the imagination and for people's creative ideas, not just places to appreciate works of art. As this museum is located in the heart of the city, with no surrounding walls, it will attract more visitors and offer them better access to culture", said the president, emphasizing the importance of the new museum.

Seoul gets new modern art museum

President Park Geun-hye delivers her congratulatory speech on November 13. (Photo: Jeon Han)

Seoul gets new modern art museum

President Park Geun-hye (fifth from right) poses with attendees at the opening ceremony of the Seoul branch of the MMCA on November 13 before unveiling a new piece of art at the museum's special opening exhibition. (Photo: Cheong Wa Dae)

"Culture is one of the most important elements of the 21st century. Cultural enrichment can advance a country's national brand and improve the people's quality of life. I hope all talented people in the cultural and arts sectors can shine on the world stage and broaden the reach of hallyu beyond just pop music to include works of art, thus broadening the range of cultural exchanges", said the president.

Seoul gets new modern art museum

President Park Geun-hye (second from left) admires the "Epiphyte Chamber" by Philip Beesley (right) on November 13. (Photo: Cheong Wa Dae)

After the ceremony, President Park looked around the special exhibition marking the opening of the new art museum. Other attendees included Minister of Culture, SportsTourism Yoo Jinryong, Director Chung Hyung-Min of the MMCA and Chairman Kim Dong-ho of the Presidential Committee for Cultural Enrichment.

The president spoke with Director Hong Ra-hee of the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art while appreciating the installation works on display. In the main gallery sat "Home Within Home Within Home Within Home Within Home" by Suh Do Ho surrounded by many modern paintings. After listening to an explanation from Philip Beesley, one of the artists involved in the museum's special exhibition, about his work "Epiphyte Chamber", the president said, "Fantastic. I would like to thank you for bringing many people joy with that wonderful piece of work".

Seoul gets new modern art museum

President Park Geun-hye (second from right) talks with artist Suh Do Ho about his installation work "Home Within Home Within Home Within Home Within Home" on November 13. (Photo: Cheong Wa Dae)

The three-story Seoul branch of the MMCA offers the opportunity to enjoy high-quality visual arts, ranging from installation art, to multimedia and video art.A third of the museum is set aside for relaxing and enjoying the art, either with a coffee or on a bench, allowing people to truly enjoy the works on display and to make art part of their convenient daily routine.

By Jeon Han, Yoon Sojung

Korea.net Staff Writers

Seoul gets new modern art museum

President Park Geun-hye (center) listens to congratulatory remarks during the opening ceremony of the MMCA's new Seoul branch on November 13. (Photo: Jeon Han)

Seoul gets new modern art museum

A special exhibition, "Zeigeist Korea", is being held at the new Seoul branch of the MMCA. (Photo: Jeon Han)

Seoul gets new modern art museum

President Park Geun-hye (center) listens to an explanation from Director Chung Hyung-Min of the MMCA about one of artworks on display at the new Seoul branch of the MMCA on November 13. (Photo: Cheong Wa Dae)

Seoul gets new modern art museum

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New Seoul art museum shows the flow of contemporary art

New Seoul art museum shows the flow of contemporary art

New Seoul art museum shows the flow of contemporary art

"Home Within Home Within Home Within Home Within Home" by Do HoSuh(photo courtesy of the MMCA)

Five special exhibitions are being held to celebrate the recent opening of the new Seoul branch of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), showing off the newest trends in contemporary art. The MMCA Seoul opened November 13 and each of its special exhibitions has a different theme, covering 120 pieces of art by 70 artists from around the world.

Entering the museum, visitors will encounter "Home Within Home Within Home Within Home Within Home" by Do Ho Suh, on display until May 11, 2014. This installation artist's piece is being shown in the Seoul Box, the largest exhibition space in the museum. The work is 15 meters high and 13 meters wide. It features a small hanok, a traditional Korean house, hanging inside a life-sized three-story apartment block.

The work is made out of semi-transparent blue mesh cloth. It reflects the historical aspects of the MMCA Seoul itself, which consists of both traditional and contemporary buildings. Looking through the semi-transparent installation artwork and out the large adjacent window, visitors can see the traditional hanok outside. The apartment part of the art display is modeled off Suh's old New York apartment while the hanok section resembles his childhood home in northern Seoul.

New Seoul art museum shows the flow of contemporary art

"Opertus Lunula Umbra" by Choe Uram (photo courtesy of the MMCA)

Suspended from the high ceiling in the fifth exhibition hall hangs "Opertus Lunula Umbra", on display until November 9, 2014. Its creator, Choe Uram, is an artist who uses his unlimited imagination to create a series of bug-shaped mechanical organisms. Dozens of its wings, or perhaps legs, stick out like the paddles of a boat, moving slowly back and forth in the hall's upper heights.

"Connecting-Unfolding", on display until February 28, 2014, is a group work by seven artists. Each was selected by a different curator and each is active in a different country. Both Ann Gallagher of Britain and Yuko Hasegawa of Japan participated in this work.

Another piece is by Minha Yang. This Korean artist came up with an interactive media art display by depicting the image of light flowing like water on a wall. His work is titled "Intervention, Misalignment".

New Seoul art museum shows the flow of contemporary art

Minha Yang's "Intervention, Misalignment" (photo courtesy of the MMCA)

Kishio Suga, a Japanese artist representative of the Mono-ha movement from the late 1960s, used industrial and construction material to create two pieces: "Shachi Jokyo" and "Izonza". Suga said he tried to recreate the co-dependence between different objects and the forming of relations between the objects and space.

Lee Mingwei from Taiwan combined visual art and performance art in his "Sonic Blossom". A performer asks the visitor whether he wants a gift. Upon acceptance, the performer sings a song by Schubert as the visitor sits on a chair.

New Seoul art museum shows the flow of contemporary art

Kishio Suga's "Shachi Jokyo" is made of construction material. (photo courtesy of the MMCA)

The "Aleph Project", on display until March 16, 2014, fuses different fields of study such as construction, design, science, art and the performing arts.

British media artist and architect Philip Beesley came up with "Epiphyte Chamber", an interactive sculpture that reacts to human movement by raising what can only be called its tentacles.

New Seoul art museum shows the flow of contemporary art

Philip Beesley's "Epiphyte Chamber" (photo courtesy of the MMCA)

In the first and second exhibition halls, lit with natural light, is "Zeitgeist", on display until April 27, 2014. This exhibition reflects Korea's modern art history, showing off 59 works by 39 renowned Korean modern artists.

In the eighth exhibition hall sits the "Birth of a Museum: The MMCA Construction Archive Project". On display until July 27, 2014, this is an explanation of how the MMCA Seoul was born. It includes a narration, photographs, videos and sound clips.

MMCA Director Chung Hyung-min said during a press conference on November 11 that she will focus on strengthening her museum's programs rather than showcasing works by big-name artists.

"I will create solid programs that can exemplify trends in the world of contemporary art", Chung said. "From now on, 30 percent of our future programs will deal with Korean contemporary art while the rest will consist of group exhibitions that can combine both Korean and international artists".

Until the end of November, a visit to the MMCA Seoul offers a reservation (www.mmca.go.kr, 02-3701-9500), as organizers expect large crowds during the first few weeks. Visitors without a reservation will also be allowed entry on a first-come-first-serve basis. A ticket to all special exhibitions at the museum goes for KRW 7,000 and opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance is free between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday, and the museum is closed on Mondays.

By Limb Jae-un

Korea.net Staff Writer

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Old and new, side by side at new Seoul art museum

Old and new, side by side at new Seoul art museum

Old and new, side by side at new Seoul art museum

Integrating both traditional and contemporary elements, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art's (MMCA) new Seoul branch will open November 13.

The new MMCA, Seoul, branch is intended to be a large, modern museum in downtown Seoul where admirers can go to see contemporary art works and modern exhibitions at a proper venue. The MMCA's current main branch in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province), is south of Seoul and can be a little far for many of the capital's residents. There's a branch at Deoksugung Palace, but it is small and constrained by its traditional architecture. The new art museum will also be part of a multicultural complex in harmony with the existing cultural assets in its neighborhood, the royal palaces of Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung.

The building that houses MMCA, Seoul, used to be home to a military hospital and part of the original red brick building has been incorporated into the museum's architecture. The museum sits on a 27,264-square-meter footprint and its three stories offer 52,125 square meters of display space, both above and below ground. Slightly smaller than its southern sibling, the new exhibition space is equal to about 80 percent of that found at MMCA, Gwacheon.

MMCA, Seoul's motto is to look back on the past and into the future from the present. Its goals are to enhance diversity with a focus on contemporary Korean art and to promote cultural development and openness.

MMCA, Seoul, is designed to help the surrounding environment stand out, rather than the museum itself. (photo: Namgoong Sun/MMCA)

Old and new, side by side at new Seoul art museum

MMCA, Seoul, incorporates many low-lying buildings, to help adhere with municipal height restrictions. The Central Government Complex building and Gyeongbokgung Palace are seen in the background. (photo: Namgoong Sun/MMCA)

With the opening of MMCA, Seoul, each branch will now play a separate role for the museum. The Seoul branch will focus on contemporary art and new media works while the Gwacheon branch will look back on Korea's modern art history. The Deoksugung branch will concentrate on Korea's modern art in the early 20th century.

Embraced by Gyeongbokgung Palace to the west and Changdeokgung Palace and the Bukchon Hanok Village to the east, MMCA, Seoul, was designed to be well connected with nearby cultural assets andeasily accessible to the public. The museum has a number of entrances, allowing visitors access to the museum from surrounding streets, and it is designed to let the flow of traffic move through the museum's confines from all directions. Rather than create one big museum, difficult for visitors to look around in a single day, the museum is divided into a handful of spaces, each a different size, encouraging visitors to come back and check out new displays on a regular basis.

Considering its geographical location, Hongik University Professor Mihn Hyun-jun, the architect who designed the museum, created six courtyards so that the museum is well connected with its environment.

"I did not mean to create a new iconic building, but I focused on making the museum act as a background for existing icons", Mihn said. "I wanted to design a museum frequented by people on a regular basis. I wanted people to visit the museum habitually, as if they are going to a cafe".

Due to the height restriction of 12 meters, since the neighborhood has many cultural assets, most of the exhibition space went underground. Although the museum buildings seem separate from each other above ground, they all connect underground. The exhibition space in the basement, however, is still lit with sunshine from the many windows and sunken gardens scattered around the museum. When a visitor is on the lower floors, he would still feel as if he were aboveground.

Old and new, side by side at new Seoul art museum

With large windows and sunken gardens, the museum's exhibition space is brightly lit. (photo: Namgoong Sun/MMCA)

Old and new, side by side at new Seoul art museum

An exhibition space lit with natural light (photo: Limb Jae-un)

"Many museums use underground exhibition space, but it is rare that the basement is used as the main exhibition space, as at MMCA, Seoul", said Choi Eunju, chief curator at the MMCA.

The Seoul branch is preparing a range of exhibitions for its opening. The Zeitgeist Exhibition will show 100 pieces of contemporary art, all owned by the museum. It will look back on the "spirit of the time" through the works of 50 renowned Korean artists. There will also be group exhibitions of contemporary works by seven artists selected by seven curators of different nationalities. Large installation pieces by Choi U-ram and Suh Do-ho are underway.

At the time of the Seoul branch's opening, there will be an India-China contemporary art exhibition at the Gwacheon branch and a display of modern paintings by Korean artists at the Deoksugung branch.

Old and new, side by side at new Seoul art museum

Main entrance of MMCA, Seoul (photo: Limb Jae-un)

Old and new, side by side at new Seoul art museum

Stairs to MMCA, Seoul (photo: Namgoong Sun/MMCA)

A combination ticket to see all the exhibitions at MMCA, Seoul, costs KRW 7,000. With large crowds expected upon its opening, the number of visitors will be limited to 500at a timeuntil November 30. Internet reservations are possible and those without reservations can visit the museum on a first come, first served basis.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday. There will be a free shuttle bus running between the Seoul, Deoksugung and Gwacheon branches every two hours from 10 a.m.

For more information, call (02)2188-6000 or visit www.mmca.go.kr.

By Limb Jae-un

Korea.net Staff Writer

Old and new, side by side at new Seoul art museum

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Contemporary Art Invades Seoul - First Look at UUL Museum

Contemporary Art Invades Seoul - First Look at UUL Museum

Contemporary Art Invades Seoul - First Look at UUL Museum

Fallen Star. Photo Credit: http://bit.ly/S4mOyb

Contemporary art aficionados have a treat coming up in November of this year. The National Museum of Contemporary Art (NMOCA) announced that its long-awaited Seoul branch, called UUL, will open in Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu. This neighborhood has a thriving art scene that is home to many galleries like the Kumho Museum of Art.

The sprawling 38,605.79 square meter UUL National Art Museum is expected to become a heavyweight in the Seoul art world. The name UUL is actually an acronym combining the Korean words for "we" and "fence". According to NMOCA, the museum's concept touches on the idea that the museum is always with the people. It also refers to the idea that it's an open venue for arts and culture instead of a closed, fenced-in space.

Five new exhibitions are expected to kick off UUl's opening. We're especially looking forward to the Do Ho Suh exhibition. Do Ho Suh is a fascinating and globally recognized Korean artist who's known for his sculptures and larger-than-life installations. Take a look at the kind of art he creates below.

Contemporary Art Invades Seoul - First Look at UUL Museum

Home within Home. Photo Credit: http://bit.ly/UEBYbm

Other exhibitions that UUL will host first include the "Connecting and Unfolding" show put together by foreign curators and the "Alef Project" that presents a fusion of different genres of art.

While you wait for UUL's opening, check out ATD's posts about the National Museum of Contemporary Art to learn more about this important art institution.

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About the authorby Anna Sohn

I'm a New Jersey girl with a lifelong fascination with Korea, my motherland. In 2011, I moved to Seoul and I've enjoyed living in this wired and fast-paced city ever since. I'm excited to share the latest tech and design developments I encounter in Korea and hope you enjoy the ATD blog as much I enjoy writing for it!

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