Korean art galleries head overseas with contemporary artists

2022.12.02 12:22:02 | 2023.04.03 13:46:02

Kukje Gallery office in Paris [Photo provided by Kukje Gallery]이미지 확대

Kukje Gallery office in Paris [Photo provided by Kukje Gallery]



Global interest in Korean pop culture has spread to the Korean fine art scene, leading South Korea’s major art galleries to rush to open new exhibition spaces overseas to introduce the country’s contemporary artists.

Kukje Gallery said Thursday that it will open its first overseas showroom in Paris, France. It marks as its third outpost for the art gallery that opened in Seoul in 1982. It currently runs art galleries in Seoul and Busan, both in South Korea.

Its new art gallery in Paris will be located near Place Vendome, near the streets of luxury fashion and jewelry stores. The area is close to Louvre Museum and France’s other major art museums and galleries.

Kukje Gallery plans to exhibit artworks of minimalist painter and sculptor Lee Ufan, contemporary painter Ha Chong-hyun and other famous Korean artists.

Other major Korean art galleries are also set to open new viewing spaces abroad.

Gana Art Gallery recently signed a lease for a 400-square-meter showroom in Los Angeles, the United States. Its new art gallery will open next year to exhibit Korea’s modern art works.

Baik Art gallery in Jakarta, Indonesia [Photo provided by Baik Art]이미지 확대

Baik Art gallery in Jakarta, Indonesia [Photo provided by Baik Art]



Baik Art opened a gallery in Jakarta, Indonesia last month with a special exhibition featuring artworks of Korean and Indonesian artists. It is the first Korean art gallery to enter Indonesia.

Baik Art was established in 2014. It has showrooms in Seoul, Korea and Los Angeles, U.S, in addition to its newest outpost.

By Lee Han-na and Cho Jeehyun

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