korean contemporary art international conference:

between tradition, modernity and globalisation


Friday 29 June, Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July 2012
The Courtauld Institute of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum

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busy street scene with cars, shops, signs
Yeondoo Jung, Sixpoints, 2010. Courtesy of the artist.

Speaker(s): Kyung An (The Courtauld Institute of Art); Duck Hyun Cho (Artist, Seoul); Yeondoo Jung (Artist, Seoul); Joan Kee (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor); Chandong Kim (Arts Council Korea); Inhye Kim (National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea); Jiyoon Lee (SUUM Global Curatorial Project Office); Iain Robertson (Sotheby’s Institute); Chunghoon Shin (State University of New York, Binghamton); Meekyoung Shin (Artist, London); Julian Stallabrass (The Courtauld Institute of Art); Jungmoo Yang (Korea National University of Arts)

Ticket/entry details:
£26 (£16 students, Courtauld staff and concessions) - BOOK ONLINE: http://courtauld-institute.digitalmuseum.co.uk   Or send a cheque made payable to ‘Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research Forum Events Co-ordinator, Research Forum, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, stating the event title ‘Korean Art ’ conference. For further information, email ResearchForumEvents@courtauld.ac.uk

Organised by: Jiyoon Lee (SUUM Global Curatorial Project Office), Liz Kim and Professor Julian Stallabrass (The Courtauld Institute of Art)


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, to be held at The Courtauld Institute of Art in partnership with another major London venue, will offer a new opportunity to reinterpret modern and contemporary Korean art. Leading scholars, artists and curators will discuss Korean art in the context of its history, politics and place in the contemporary art world.

Major Themes

  • 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 will be a networking platform for UK and international audiences with an interest in Korean contemporary art in the global context.

To celebrate the conference, SUUM will host an open salon and studio tour on Saturday 30 June at its London venue: Earlang House, SE1 8EQ (RSVP@suumproject.com).

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

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