SUMA visitors can encounter Korean culture through newest exhibition

SUMA "Encounter Korea" exhibition starts Oct. 13, 2018 | Photo courtesy of SUMA, St. George News

CEDAR CITY Visitors to the Southern Utah Museum of Art will encounter Korean Culture through the newest exhibition titled “Encounter Korea.”

The exhibition features seven Korean and Korean-American artists with varying media, including sculpture, painting and video work, curated in collaboration between SUMA and the Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles to share seven uniquely Korean perspectives with southern Utah,” said Jessica Farling, director/curator of SUMA. “This exhibition features a wide variety of media, styles and stories, and our hope is that each visitor with find a piece that resonates with them.”

South Korean and Korean-American artists have arrived in the international art world in recent years with a voice that resonates across both East and West.

The Korean art scene has emerged from the traditions of its history to now reflect a world of connectivity and technology. This exhibition brings together a group of artists who highlight the technical mastery and conceptual finesse of their culture and reflect the way South Korea wants to project its image onto the world.

“Culture trumps everything. Be it diplomatic ties or economic relations, when they are built through a cultural approach, the sustainability of the relation becomes more solid,” said Nak Jung Kim, director of KCCLA. “Understanding each other’s cultures will build mutual trust and will eventually make barriers between us meaningless.”

The artists displaying works are Kyungmin Kim, Whi Boo Kim, Sung Jae Lee, Kwang-Seop Oh, Yong Sin, Jung-Uk Yang and Kyung Youl Yoon.

The exhibition, titled “First Encounter,” is currently on display at the Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles, and SUMA will be the first museum to display the traveling exhibition designed to introduce Korean art to America.

Event details

  • What: “Encounter Koreaexhibition.
  • When: Exhibit: Oct. 13 through Dec. 29
  • Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., closed Sunday.
  • Where: Southern Utah Museum of Art, 13 S. 300 West, Cedar City.
  • Details: For more information, please visit the website or call 435-586-5432

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