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The 27,000 square meter(6.67 acres) Samsung Museum of Art Complex was designed in 1997. It provides support to cultural and artistic activities, thus increasing their life span and raising their historical value. The Institute is involved in the following: conservation of metal and ceramic works, Korean paintings and contemporary and modern art works. Artworks are preserved here through application of the most advanced technology. The experts undertake the material study to establish appropriate environmental conditions and develop better conservation and restoration techniques.
Operated by the city council, the Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA) is situated in what was formerly a palace. The museum spreads over several buildings and showcases beautiful pieces of fine artworks. You can stroll through their main exhibition space which has works segregated according to different themes and houses collection by some famed local and international artists like Van Gogh and Pon Pidou. Ensure that you take a look at their outdoor sculpture garden, which is very unique.
The National Museum of Contemporary and Modern Art (MMCA) opened another branch on Culture Street, in Seoul. An innovative addition to this particular branch, which sets it apart from its counterparts is that of the madang or courtyard where like-minded people can connect and discuss the topic of art. Striving to keep up with its innovative reputation, the MMCA is equipped with a multipurpose hall, a reference center and a gallery theater. It also houses the MMCA Art Zone and a food café within its premises.
This large building, designed in the style of a traditional Korean fortress, is the main place in Korea to come and see both Korean and international modern art. In addition to permanent and special exhibitions, this museum also offers lecture series and seminars to professional and amateur artists and the general public. The Children's Art Hall exhibits children's art and also offers classes to interested youngsters. Other facilities include a children's playroom, museum shop and cafeteria.