Wednesday, September 12, 2012

[Exhibition] The Centenary Celebration of Lee In Sung’s Birth

The Centenary Celebration of Lee In Sung’s Birth

Daegu Art Museum presents the Centenary Celebration of Lee In Sung’s Birth. Artist Lee In Sung (1912-1950) attained astonishing artistic accomplishments in modern Korean art history using symbolic colors and his outstanding senses during Japanese colonial rule between the 1930s. The exhibition sheds new light on Lee’s life and art in his home of Daegu, in celebration of the centenary of his birth.

The Centenary Celebration of Lee In Sung’s Birth
September 11. 2012 ~ September 18. 2012
Artist: Lee In-Sung

Through his work Lee pursued his native land. In his writings, In Search of the Native Land and Portraying the Native Land, ‘native land’ is his geological home Daegu, also his mother country’s nature and his artistic home. He frequently depicted Daegu’s places and motifs at home: A Summer Day (1932), Gyesan-dong Catholic Church (1930s) depicting the first modern building in Yeongnam and a Gothic cathedral, Palgong Mountain (mid-1930s), Front Mountain Scene (1935), and Mountain Valley in Early Spring (1936) feature scenes and motifs from his surroundings. 

This tendency also echoes his pursuit of native Joseon color. Around the 1930s Korean literary and art scene discussed Joseon’s native color as a way to discover Joseon’s identity. This movement aimed to represent Joseon’s atmosphere, flavor, bucolic life and nature through Joseon’s folkloric subject matter. In works such as An Autumn Day (1934), At Mountain Valley in Gyeongju (1935), Rosa Rugosa (1944), and Leisurely Garden (1936) show Korean emotion, a harmonious composition of figures and landscape, intense hues, and ornamentation, to enhance a lyric atmosphere showing symbolic scenes representing his distinctive art world.

The Centenary Celebration of Lee In Sung’s Birth in 2012 by Daegu Art Museum offers examination and understanding of Lee’s life as an artist. The exhibition consists of Lee’s early pieces of the 1930s, works showing technical change after study in Japan and an embodiment of native color, self-portraits and figure paintings, still lifes, and Oriental paintings associated with Daegu’s calligraphic, painterly tradition. Also on display are chronologically arranged photographs and documents offering a glimpse into Lee’s life; collections of paintings showing his concern for art trends at home and abroad; books on Oriental painting; and postcards he collected during study in Japan. A video of diverse interviews with Lee In Sung Historical Material Appraisal Board members and art critics help viewers access his art world with ease.

(Source: Daegu Art Musium)

* Admission guide

> Viewing hours

- April to October (10AM ~ 7PM)
- November to March of Following Year (10AM ~ 6PM)
- Off Days (Every Monday)
If a national holiday falls on Monday, the museum will be open but closed the following day.

> Viewing Rate

- Children and Teenagers (7~19), Soldiers Individual: 700 Won / Group(20 or more): 500 Won
- Adults Individual: 1,000 Won / Group(20 or more): 700 Won
- Elders 65 or above and disabled people: Free
- Children who are 6 or under: Free

* Direction

> Subway

Free shuttle bus to the museum is available every 30 minutes at exit 5 of Daegu Grand Park Station on line2.

> Bus

- 604: Seolhwaodng-Seobu Bus Stop-Nambu Pilice Station, Beommuldong-Daegu Art Hall-Donghodong
- 403: Joyadong-Suseonggyo-Beommuldong-Front of Daedeok Village-Samdeokdong-Stadium-Sawoldong

10 minutes on foot after getting off at Front of Daedeok Village or Samdeokdong Bus Stop
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