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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

[Nov/Leisure] The Daegu Art Museum: Come Listen to the Voices of Korea's Artists

“Art speaks the soul of its culture.”
                                                                               Abby Willowroot

There is a box-like structure that adorns the hillside just past the familiar venue that is Daegu Stadium.  Inside a gift awaits you. The ambience is a unique mix of the glass and steel one finds in Finland and the hospitality that is so uniquely characteristic of Korea. Here, at the Daegu Art Museum, you can hear the intriguing voices of Korea’s artists and experience their art with all your senses.
One current exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Korean artist, Lee In Sung (1912-1950). I was drawn like a moth to a flame, to his “Girl” (1940), a painting of his daughter in her striking red dress and subtle, long pigtails. She seems to portray all the magic and complexity possessed by Korean girls.
Shin Sang Ho’s (b.1947) sculptures are as direct, as they are colorful. It is easy to be captivated and provoked by his use of material, including a great deal of military hardware.

Interestingly, the site also features a wonderful restaurant which will help make your visit that much more appetizing. This world-class art museum is perhaps Daegu’s best kept secret. With your family, friends or even for personal exploration, a morning or afternoon at the Daegu Art Museum is an unbeatable cultural gift.

From November through March the Daegu Art Museum is open daily from 10:00 AM -6 PM. Closed Mondays. For more information including directions and exhibit information:

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