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Contemporary art in Busan

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Busan is well-known for its nightlife and the beaches lining the southern coast of South Korea. In addition to its obvious tourist sites, such as Haeundae Beach and Haedong Yonggungsa 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.

Leading Korean galleries Kukje Gallery and Gana Art 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.

Kukje Gallery contemporary art gallery in Busan, South Korea
Kukje Gallery Current Exhibition:
Na Kim
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SEOJUNG ART contemporary art gallery in Busan, South Korea
SEOJUNG ART Current Exhibition:
Seongjoon Hong
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Artists on show
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Three black, grey and white circles on black, grey and white. Triptych by Fernando Daza contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Fernando Daza Three black, grey and white circles on black, grey and white. Triptych, 2023 Torn Canson paper by hand and mounted on canvas
50 x 50 cm
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Mo J Gallery
as ever lll by Oh Dakyo contemporary artwork painting
Oh Dakyo as ever lll, 2023 Paint
61 x 73 cm
SEOJUNG ART
still l by Oh Dakyo contemporary artwork painting
Oh Dakyo still l, 2023 Soil, sand and pigment on hemp cloth
112 x 194 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
Mo J Gallery Request Price & Availability
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
Study layers 97 (Transparent ver.) by Seongjoon Hong contemporary artwork painting
Seongjoon Hong Study layers 97 (Transparent ver.), 2024 Acrylic on canvas
163 x 113 cm
SEOJUNG ART
194 by Na Kim contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Na Kim 194, 2023 Gypsum, acrylic paint
27 x 27 x 1 cm
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Layers of the air 27 by Seongjoon Hong contemporary artwork painting
Seongjoon Hong Layers of the air 27, 2024 Acrylic on canvas
130.8 x 131.1 cm
SEOJUNG ART
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Events
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Busan is home to international art fairs and events including Busan Biennale, ongoing since 1998, and Art Busan, a fast-growing May art fair established in 2012.

10–12 May 2024 Art Busan
Kukje Gallery
F1963
20, Gurak-ro 123beon-gil
Suyeong-gu
Busan Current Exhibition:Na Kim
Easy Heavy
8 May–30 June 2024
Mo J Gallery
221ho, 33, Marine city 2-ro
Haeundae-gu
Busan
SEOJUNG ART
3F Podiumg-dong
Dalmaji-gil 30
Haeundae-gu
Busan Current Exhibition:Seongjoon Hong
Where did it come from? pt.1
11 May–28 June 2024
Busan Museum of Art
58 APEC-RO, HAEUNDAE-GU
Busan
Busan Museum of Contemporary Art
1191 Nakdongnam-ro, Hadan-dong
Saha-gu
Busan
Goeun Museum of Photography
16 Haeundae-ro 452beon-gil
Haeundae-gu
Busan
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