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korean contemporary art international conference

between tradition, modernity and globalisation
Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July 2012
The Courtauld Institute of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum


Korean contemporary art has gained a strong presence on the contemporary art scene, with a new generation of artists making names globally. At the same time, Korea maintains a strong domestic contemporary art scene, quite distinct from the transnational circulation of Korean art. However, the literature on Korean contemporary art in English is dispersed and dominated by monographic studies. This major international conference, held at The Courtauld Institute of Art in partnership with another major London venue, offered a new opportunity to reinterpret modern and contemporary Korean art. Leading scholars, artists and curators discussed Korean art in the context of its history, politics and place in the contemporary art world.

— Day 1: Varying Perspectives on ‘Korean Modern’
Scholars of social science, Asian philosophy and art history will examine modern and contemporary Korean art from different theoretical frameworks.

— Day 2: Moment of Modern,Contemporary and Tradition
When does the moment of modern and western collide and coincide with tradition? The session will reinterpret ‘Korean Modern’ in relation to Asian and Korean history and tradition of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism of Korean Peninsula. Also scholars will discuss how Korean contemporary developed and articulated under institutionalized western system of education.

— Day 3: Globalization and the new Horizon of Korean Contemporary Art
Both practitioners and academics will discuss the trajectory of Korean contemporary art in the context of international art market.

Developed by The Courtauld Institute of Art and SUUM Academy & Project with the support of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, this major conference has been a networking platform for UK and international audiences with an interest in Korean contemporary art in the global context.

To celebrate the conference, SUUM hosted an open salon and studio tour on Saturday 30 June at its London venue: ASC Earlang House.

This event has been made possible by the generous support of the Arts Council Korea.

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