The Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art opened, after several years of preparation, as an international art and cultural center for the display of both Korean art and world art. The late Hoam Lee Byung-chul, the founder of Samsung, had displayed his beloved collections of Korean national treasures and art pieces in the Ho-Am Art Museum, Ho-Am Gallery, and the Rodin Gallery. Inheriting the founder’s will, Mr. Lee Kun-hee, the Chairman of Samsung, has been passionately collecting fine artworks of Korean and international contemporary artists, accumulating and preserving Korean treasures with a high historical value. Now, as a fruit of years of hard work, we are opening the Leeum, Samsung Museum or Art to share with you our outstanding art collection.The Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art has a Museum 1 and a Museum 2. Museum 1 houses Korean traditional art and Museum 2 exhibits works of art by Korean and international contemporary artists. Furthermore, these museums and the Samsung Child Education and Culture Center, which contributes to the education of future leaders, compose the composite complex. The buildings of The Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art were designed by the internationally renowned architects Mario Botta, Jean Nouvel, and Rem Koolhaas to combine the past, present, and future of art and culture, and are in themselves remarkable artistic experiences.Located on the slopes of the Namsan where you can enjoy nature in the city, The Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art is motivated towards developing Seoul as a city of international culture. It cultivates new cultural geographical structures that connect Seoul’s main cultural facilities, along with the National Museum of Korea and the National Theater. Welcoming the emerging global age, Leeum seeks to be a center of Asian art. It is a museum of new ideas, and bridges the East and the West, with its eye on the future. Please enjoy a new world of art and culture in Leeum, where the past and present coexist, and where art, culture, and people share an urban architectural space in harmony with nature.
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