Kansong Art Museum to open for first time in seven years


Kansong Art Museum Bohwagak (Cultural Heritage Administration)

The Kansong Art Museum – South Korea’s first private museum and home to some 5,000 artifacts, including 10 state-designated national treasures – will open for the first time in seven years on April 16.

A new exhibit at Bohwagak, the original museum building, coincides with the recent completion of a new storage facility on the museum grounds. The exhibition will feature 44 artifacts from the Bohwagak Museum’s collection, which was listed as a state-registered cultural heritage in 2019.

The museum, Bohwagak as it was originally named, was founded in 1938 by Jeon Hyung-pil, a wealthy collector of Korean cultural artifacts during Japan’s colonial rule from 1910 to 1945. It collected many artifacts and works important works of art to prevent them from being taken out of the country. The name of the museum was changed to Kansong Art Museum, adopting the pseudonym of Jeon, after his death in 1962.

The separate warehouse in front of Bohwagak was built with funding of 4.4 billion won ($3.6 million) from the central government and the Seoul Metropolitan Government in recognition of the museum’s contribution to Korean cultural heritage.

The museum plans to move artifacts currently stored at Bohwagak to the newly constructed storage facility. This would be followed by a restoration of the original building, according to the museum.

By Park Yuna ([email protected])


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