Seoul, South Korea for Leeum Samsung Museum of Art

Located in the bustling and culturally diverse area of Itaewon and run by the Samsung Foundation of Culture, the Leeum is a must-visit museum for anyone who enjoys contemporary art. The museum building is split into two part, one dedicated to traditional Korean artists and one for both Korean and international modern art. The architecture of the museum itself is quite impressive, with a rotunda spiraling from the main lobby and extending into separate exhibition rooms. The Museum 2 is also stunning and displays works from some of the most important artists of the 20th and 21st century, such as Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly and Damien Hirst. These works are juxtaposed with the emerging art from Korea, which includes some important movements like the Dansaekhwa – Korean monochromatic minimalism. There was also a separate exhibition space dedicated to up and coming Korean artists and their paintings and art installations. Of course, there is also the outdoors park, where you can see works by Alexander Calder and others.

Where I stayed / started

Itaewon Inn

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