Best places to go in large Korean cities when you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by crowded streets, busy traffic and urban hubbub are either mountains… or museums. Busan in particular has a large one, dedicated to modern art with an adjoining annex that holds all the important works by one of this country’s most famous painters, Lee Ufan.
Our step into the world of Korean contemporary art happened on a very rainy Saturday afternoon in the middle of monsoon season, a time when it’s too humid and wet to roam around outside, yet still to warm to stay wrapped inside your apartment. Therefore, me and my boyfriend decided to set off and check out this gorgeous space, located near the gigantic Bexco exhibition hall and, believe it or not, the world’s largest department store Shinsegae. Strange as this juxtaposition may seem, the Busan Museum of Art still remains a quiet, secluded space with sleek lines and a harmonious mix of freshly cut grass and steel and glass surfaces. The outdoor area displays works by prominent Korean sculptors, while the inside has an exhibition space and a separate part dedicated to kids. Still, the most interesting part of this visit was definitely the Lee Ufan Space, which guided us through the work of Korea’s celebrated minimalist. His paintings, as simple as they art, were incredibly soothing and thought-provoking. We were also able to view a 45-minute long film about his work an art. Truly a must-visit for all art lovers who happen to be in Busan.