Contemporary art in Busan

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Busan is well-known for its nightlife and the beaches lining the southernmost coast of South Korea. In addition to its obvious tourist sites, such as Haeundae Beach and Haedong Yonggung Temple, a burgeoning arts scene is to be found in this port city.

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Whether you want to discover contemporary art created by established artists or by emerging talents, below you will find some of the best galleries across Busan’s vibrant art scene presenting a range of both.

Among the oldest and most important contemporary art galleries in Busan is Johyun Gallery, which originally opened as ‘Gallery World’ in 1990 and began showing Korean and international artists. In 2005, the gallery moved from its former location in Gwanganli to its current home near Haeundae Beach, and it has been indispensable in cultivating an environment for contemporary art and galleries in Busan.

Kukje Gallery and Gana Art, leading Korean galleries also have locations in the city, as do young contemporary galleries such as Mo J Gallery and Soul Art Space.

For those wanting an encounter with a seamless blend of art, life, and culture in Busan, Gamcheon Culture Village will prove to be a worthwhile visit. Previously a mountainous settlement founded by refugees during the Korean War, the village has in recent years been transformed by visiting and resident artists into a colourful arts hub.

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as ever lll by Oh Dakyo contemporary artwork painting
Oh Dakyo as ever lll, 2023 Paint
61 x 73 cm
SEOJUNG ART
Untitled (When the Time Comes) by Wook-Kyung Choi contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Wook-Kyung Choi Untitled (When the Time Comes), 1969 Ink on shiny paper
42.5 x 56 cm
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Experiment by Wook-Kyung Choi contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Wook-Kyung Choi Experiment, c. 1960s Chinese ink on paper
46 x 61 cm
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Vertical lines. Polyptych by Fernando Daza contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Fernando Daza Vertical lines. Polyptych, 2023 Torn Canson paper by hand and mounted on canvas
150 x 300 cm
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Mo J Gallery
comma by Jeehye Song contemporary artwork painting
Jeehye Song comma, 2022 Arylic on cotton
40 x 60 cm
SEOJUNG ART
Two white and black structures on grey. Diptych by Fernando Daza contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Fernando Daza Two white and black structures on grey. Diptych, 2023 Torn Canson paper by hand and mounted on canvas
70 x 70 cm
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Untitled by Wook-Kyung Choi contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Wook-Kyung Choi Untitled, c. 1960s Charcoal and conté on paper
60 x 44 cm
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life love by Momo Kim contemporary artwork drawing
Momo Kim life love, 2023 IPad Painting, hand painted on printed canvas
84.1 x 59.4 cm
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Kukje Gallery
F1963
20, Gurak-ro 123beon-gil
Suyeong-gu
Busan Current Exhibition:Kim Yong-Ik
Distant and Faraway Utopia
15 March–21 April 2024
Mo J Gallery
221ho, 33, Marine city 2-ro
Haeundae-gu
Busan
SEOJUNG ART
3F Podiumg-dong
Dalmaji-gil 30
Haeundae-gu
Busan
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