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GMA Collection[The new beginning of donation]
GMA Collection[The new beginning of donation]
  • ·Period

    2022.04.15 ~ 2022.06.26

  • ·Venue

    Gwangju Museum of Art 3, 4 Gallery

  • ·Admission Fee

    Free

  • ·Sponsorship

    Gwangju Museum of Art

The new beginning of donation Namdo(the southern province of Korea, particularly referring to South Jeolla Province) is a region recognized nationwide as a home to art, leading figurative modernist art and traditional Korean art in the Korean art scene. Gwangju-based artists asked the Gwangju municipal government to establish an art museum to promote both local and Korean cultures through art and the tradition of Namdo. Accepting their request, the government decided to found an art museum with the purposes of inspiring the artists’ creative will, improving and evolving art culture. Construction began in 1991 and ended in 1992, and the Gwangju Museum of Art opened on August 1, 1992. The museum opened, but it could not house the minimal number of artworks required for its registration as an art museum. Regional senior and mid-career artists donated their works to the museum in this situation while the museum asked major artists in the nation to donate their pieces. Hence the museum’s first collection of donations took place. On the occasion of the museum’s 30th anniversary of its opening, the Gwangju Museum of Art unveils The Beginning of Donations, an exhibition to display the artworks donated for its registration in 1992. These artworks allowed the museum to be registered as an official art museum in Korea. We at the museum intend to express our respect and gratitude for the artists who donated those works through this art show. They are all Korean and Namdo representative artists, and their donated artworks are all cardinal pieces that serve to illustrate the flow of Korean art history at the time. This art show enables viewers to grasp the current of Korean art history with artworks by key artists of the 1980s and 1990s and examine their creative artistic idioms. The exhibition is divided into three parts: Part 1 brings together works of figurative art, abstract art, and sculpture by 70 artists including Oh Ji-ho, Park Seo-bo, and Min Bok-jin; Part 2 features ink-wash paintings, real-view landscape paintings, color paintings, and calligraphic works by 58 artists such as Heo Baek-yeon, Min Kyung-kap, Suh Se-ok, and Hyun Jung-hwa; and Part 3 consists of the contents of the museum’s archive housing donated artworks. Through this exhibition, the museum shows the variety of contemporary Korean art based on its tradition. It is also designed to achieve a small changeover in our perception by considering and promoting the exhibited works’ art historical meaning and worth.

Number of Works

134

Design

Contents

The new beginning of donation

Namdo(the southern province of Korea, particularly referring to South Jeolla Province) is a region recognized nationwide as a home to art, leading figurative modernist art and traditional Korean art in the Korean art scene. Gwangju-based artists asked the Gwangju municipal government to establish an art museum to promote both local and Korean cultures through art and the tradition of Namdo. Accepting their request, the government decided to found an art museum with the purposes of inspiring the artists’ creative will, improving and evolving art culture. Construction began in 1991 and ended in 1992, and the Gwangju Museum of Art opened on August 1, 1992.

The museum opened, but it could not house the minimal number of artworks required for its registration as an art museum. Regional senior and mid-career artists donated their works to the museum in this situation while the museum asked major artists in the nation to donate their pieces. Hence the museum’s first collection of donations took place.

On the occasion of the museum’s 30th anniversary of its opening, the Gwangju Museum of Art unveils The Beginning of Donations, an exhibition to display the artworks donated for its registration in 1992. These artworks allowed the museum to be registered as an official art museum in Korea. We at the museum intend to express our respect and gratitude for the artists who donated those works through this art show. They are all Korean and Namdo representative artists, and their donated artworks are all cardinal pieces that serve to illustrate the flow of Korean art history at the time.

This art show enables viewers to grasp the current of Korean art history with artworks by key artists of the 1980s and 1990s and examine their creative artistic idioms. The exhibition is divided into three parts: Part 1 brings together works of figurative art, abstract art, and sculpture by 70 artists including Oh Ji-ho, Park Seo-bo, and Min Bok-jin; Part 2 features ink-wash paintings, real-view landscape paintings, color paintings, and calligraphic works by 58 artists such as Heo Baek-yeon, Min Kyung-kap, Suh Se-ok, and Hyun Jung-hwa; and Part 3 consists of the contents of the museum’s archive housing donated artworks. Through this exhibition, the museum shows the variety of contemporary Korean art based on its tradition. It is also designed to achieve a small changeover in our perception by considering and promoting the exhibited works’ art historical meaning and worth.


  • 추경
    • Title

      추경

    • Name

      Oh Ji-ho

    • Date

      1953

    • Scale

      50x60cm

    • Material

      oil on canvas

  • 소녀상
    • Title

      소녀상

    • Name

      Yang In-ok

    • Date

      1992

    • Scale

      117x91cm

    • Material

      oil on canvas

  • 아기와 엄마
    • Title

      아기와 엄마

    • Name

      Min Bok-jin

    • Date

      1988

    • Scale

      21x33.5x45cm

    • Material

      bronze

  • 무제
    • Title

      무제

    • Name

      Yang So-oa

    • Date

      1971

    • Scale

      73x90.5cm

    • Material

      oil on canvas

  • 염원
    • Title

      염원

    • Name

      Ryu Kyung-chai

    • Date

      1989

    • Scale

      51x64cm

    • Material

      oil on canvas

  • 묘법
    • Title

      묘법

    • Name

      Park Seo-bo

    • Date

      1992

    • Scale

      50x61cm

    • Material

      Mixed media on canvas

  • 황소들의 이야기
    • Title

      황소들의 이야기

    • Name

      HWANG YOUNG SUNG

    • Date

      1991

    • Scale

      179x224.5

    • Material

      oil on canvas

  • 도화산수
    • Title

      도화산수

    • Name

      Heo Baek-yeon

    • Date

      1952

    • Scale

      43x48cm

    • Material

      Ink and color on silk

  • 추성
    • Title

      추성

    • Name

      Shin Young-bok

    • Date

      1991

    • Scale

      64x67cm

    • Material

      Ink and color on Korean Paper

  • 미술문화창달
    • Title

      미술문화창달

    • Name

      Lee Don-heung

    • Date

      1992

    • Scale

      200x34cm

    • Material

      Korean ink on Korean paper

  • 수애
    • Title

      수애

    • Name

      Min Kyung-kap

    • Date

      1992

    • Scale

      46x54cm

    • Material

      ink on Korean paper

  • 군무
    • Title

      군무

    • Name

      Suh Se-ok

    • Date

      1992

    • Scale

      82x132cm

    • Material

      Korean ink on Korean paper

  • 무제
    • Title

      무제

    • Name

      Kwon Young-wu

    • Date

      1990

    • Scale

      65x54cm

    • Material

      Ink and color on Korean Paper