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National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

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National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

In 1986 the museum moved to Gwacheon with an international sized facility and an outdoor sculpture park. The museum has taken on the role of National Art Organization, and collects and conserves artwork and data, researches and studies, and also improves art cultural awareness through international exchanges and supply /education of artwork activity. The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea was the only National Art Museum in Korea that could accommodate both the flow of Korean contemporary art, and the time sensitivity of international art. In 1969 the museum opened a smaller exhibition hall in Gyeongbokgung which moved to Seokjujeon in Deoksugung in 1973.

In 1998, the National Museum of Art, Deoksugung was established as an annex of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea to showcase Korean cultural identity. It would achieve this through establishing an aesthetic view of history that exposed contemporary art by the process of systematization of Korean contemporary art's development. It would also pursue various initiatives such as the research/study of contemporary art, collecting, restoration, planning regular exhibitions, development and practice of educational programming, academic lectures, and publication and information interchanges with international contemporary artwork as a specialized organization of contemporary art. The Deoksugung addition was also a new cultural space in Gangbuk area(north of the Han River) and allowed museum goers the option to visit an art space in a more central location, rather than that of the far and difficult to reach National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea.

On November 18, 2004, the gallery policy, which was previously overseen by the museum policy, became independent and was established as the "gallery policy department." The separation was made to implement new gallery promotion policies for the development and pormotion of local galleries.

The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea has taken this opportunity and since become an agency(performance based organization). Since the organizational change as an agency in January, 2006, the museum has transformed into a first-class global named museum. The museum has risen to the top of cultural leadership by reorganizing itself to be focused on the visitor through strong management innovation, as well as structuring a customer satisfaction focus system that allows the museum to improve its customer service quality. The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea will open a new museum in Seoul in 2013 to support experimental creation. The new museum aims to expand expression in the visual arts, as well as create a space where artists can develop, interpret, and discuss new methods and styles.





National Museum of Modern and
Yong-ju KIM
313, Gangmyeong-ro
Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
South Korea

Phone 82 11 9913 1956