By Jung Joori and Lee Hana
Photos = National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
The international symposium 2019 Korea Research Fellow, exploring the prospects for the next 50 years of modern art, opened on Sept. 20 at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul.
The two-day event will be attended by curators from nine countries including Aurélie Besson, director of the media art center Molior in Canada, and independent curators Hiroyuki Hattori from Japan and Iris Xinru Long from China. They and ten independent curators from Korea will share insights on modern art’s changing landscape.
Five sessions will cover topics such as the curator’s role in art, art community and curation, art and technology, the identity of the Asian curator and the next steps in the movement. Presentations will be followed by Q&As with the audience.
“It’s very meaningful for us to hold for the second straight year an event that brings together curators from around the world,” said Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS) Director Kim Tae-hoon. “We hope that the art experts can share their insights and build a foundation to elevate the status of modern art.”
This year’s symposium was organized by KOCIS as part of its invitational program for overseas professionals.