National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Seoul

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Seoul

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Seoul
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Transport: Metro - line 3 to Anguk station. Exit 1 Facility Highlights: Exhibition Space, Museum Archive, Project Gallery Space, Media Theatre, Multipurpose Auditorium, etc. Description: The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea opens a new branch in 2013 at Gimusa, the former Defense Security Command site, built in early 20th century located near Gyeongbokgung at the heart of Seoul. Focusing on the Characteristic of the site that required an underground expansion, the construction plan adopted the madang(yard) concept, successfully integrating the exterior and interior of the building. The Seoul branch brings up a new discourse on the relationship between the public and the museum in an urban space, opening new possibilities for a future-oriented art museum of the twenty-first century. The site of Seoul branch once served as Jongchinbu(Office of Royal Family Affairs of the Joseon Dynasty), which was relocated to adjacent public library in 1981. the new plan includes restoring Jongchinbu to its original site, preserving the former Defense Security Command compound, and thereby establishing a meaningful cultural center that harmoniously embraces the historical Joseon Dynasty and modern Korean history.
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  • Summerasalifestyle
    Malibu, California2,958 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kinda confusing
    MUSEUM OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART Lotsa video arts and style in the “back to future” exhibition. Gotta admit I’m a superficial art lover so “contexts, perspectives, universal and specific” can be too intellectual for me. But I really liked the exhibit. I’m not a gamer at all so “gaming society” exhibit held no interest and I didn’t buy a ticket. I found the museum and exhibit spaces kinda confusing.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 2, 2023
  • yongwuuk
    Daejeon, South Korea1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best exhibition space
    If you happen to visit Seoul, I recommend the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art located in Samcheong-dong, which is situated right next to the traditional Korean palace, Gyeongbokgung. This museum, which offers a variety of exhibitions, most of which have either free or affordable admission fees, is in an excellent location for travelers. Furthermore, on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 6 pm to 9 pm, they offer free evening admission, which is an add bonus. The facilities are clean, and they provide a well-organized art interpretation service. There are also plenty of restaurants in the vicinity where you can savor traditional Korean cuisine, making this place highly recommended.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 29, 2023
  • Apple D
    Luzon, Philippines26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good location, nice place to destress
    This location is very ideal for those looking to do other touristy things within the same day. But unlike the nearby areas, it is not crowded. We love the way it’s laid out, it’s spaced apart, have a generous use of space. It was a good way to learn about South Korean artists and basically to de stress and be inspired! They have a small shop and that sells curios and art prints that will basically transform your space a cool and modern Korean inspired look.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 30, 2023
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Summerasalifestyle
Malibu, CA2,958 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
MUSEUM OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART
Lotsa video arts and style in the “back to future” exhibition.
Gotta admit I’m a superficial art lover so “contexts, perspectives, universal and specific” can be too intellectual for me. But I really liked the exhibit.

I’m not a gamer at all so “gaming society” exhibit held no interest and I didn’t buy a ticket. I found the museum and exhibit spaces kinda confusing.
Written August 2, 2023
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Apple D
Luzon, Philippines26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This location is very ideal for those looking to do other touristy things within the same day. But unlike the nearby areas, it is not crowded. We love the way it’s laid out, it’s spaced apart, have a generous use of space. It was a good way to learn about South Korean artists and basically to de stress and be inspired! They have a small shop and that sells curios and art prints that will basically transform your space a cool and modern Korean inspired look.
Written October 30, 2023
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oonoiookIA
Iowa City35 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Good for art people.
Too difficult to understand for us.
There are free lockers on first floor to keep a large bag and coat.
Written December 12, 2019
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Vincent T
Singapore, Singapore283 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
The building and the surrounding are interesting enough to give the museum a try even if the collection/ installations are of unequal interest.
Written November 29, 2019
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Esther S
Chiang Mai, Thailand35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Take subway to Anguk, setting is restful. Museum spreads to outside. Exhibitions, installations are huge, well displayed! I had lovely inexpensive meal at canteen. Then bought lots of gifts in Gallery. Outdoor have been there longer. Believe there is bus to visit another branch of this esteemed museum?
Written September 11, 2019
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vilmatriplouis
Zwolle, The Netherlands279 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Are you 65 year of onder the most musea are free.
Orherwhise the entreefee is not zo high.
The most musea are also culturele centra for learning.
This musea is great to see and to visit. Inside is modern art
Written May 28, 2018
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Nigel G
Singapore, Singapore8,596 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Solo
Only an audiovisual presentation was available when I visited at basement level.

I can not speak Korean but I watched it twice. It was a three concurrent large screen presentation.

Famous as a preeminent academic, Professor Joan Kee, Professor of Art at the University of Michigan points out the development of art and its respective time frame. Post war in Korea means post Korean War in 1953. With that in mind, this video looks at the transition from the Japanese occupation through the period of separation to the destruction of the Korean War. It perhaps shares some similarities with the search for identity in Eastern Europe when the wall came down. It describes isolation and separatism. It captures suffering, hardship of war, and the suffering of individuals, innocent civilians whose lives were torn apart by the separation. Just as you may be getting comfortable there is the sound of gunfire. It paints a picture of the shortcomings of war and its destructive elements.

Interesting films - and then you go to leave the auditorium and discover this is not fictional because all the clothes of one of the portrayees is on display. How vividly that brings the life of that person to a real witness. More poignant of the hardships she must have endured and suffered.

Excellent presentation. Full marks.

Whilst your at the museum check out the restaurant - stunning and inexpensive.
Written March 13, 2018
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scythianSimon
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
This museum is situated in the northern part of Seoul. The museum is very close to the Kyungbok palace which was the main palace during the last dynasty of Korea. The museum's construction concept is "Multiple Islands surrounded by sea (actually developed into small open yards following Korean traditional construction concepts and this open areas are very good space for large sculptures, etc. The museum's display of modern contemporary arts periodically reorganized and designated inner spaces are decorated by carefully chosen artists supported by large corporations of Korea. As a local I strongly recommend to visit this place if you have a plan to visit the the main palace area. There are small but nice Korean traditional food restaurants nearby this museum (also the very children-friendly place).
Written January 30, 2017
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Globerwalker
Seoul, South Korea371 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
This big impressive looking complex is located opposite Gyongbokgung Palace, around the corner from the main entrance. It seems to be a big white empty space without much in it. We wandered around looking for exhibits but it seemed that most of the galleries were closed so perhaps they were in the process of changing. Found it difficult to navigate and to work out where to go (even with the map).
We saw a huge installation, by a german artist, of 4 shipping containers frames with fountains coming out that spelled random words (very interesting), a room full of balls of clay on a table and a young architects exhibit (mildly interesting), a few sculptures outside and that was about it. Just had a coffee and moved on.
Plenty of Koreans there with kids running around. probably just enjoying the airconditioning.
Written August 16, 2016
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ninjamunk
Aarhus, Denmark28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
I have been to a lot of contemporary art museums and this is up there with the best! You won't find the big international stars, but the exhibitions of Korean artists are fantastic. The curators have done a great job here, and again and again you blown away by the displays. Both in size and in magnitude.

Well worth a visit, even though you are not an art buff.
Written September 25, 2015
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