[By Lee Yong-hwan in Seoul, Korea]
the front view of MMCA, Deoksugung,
the panoramic view of MMCA,
viewed from the Deoksugung square,
the museum lobby,
art shop on the 1st floor,
visitors in the exhibition hall,
a docent and visitors,
( pen and watercolor, 21 x 29.6cm sketchbook )
Deoksugung Palace is famous for Korean traditional palace with history in busiest downtown Seoul. The palace sits alongside a series of western style buildings that add to the uniqueness of the surrounding scenery. A fascinating mix of traditional Korean and Western-style neoclassical structures and nearby areas are very popular for visitors for the beauty and tranquility. Inside the palace, the museum building, connected with beautiful bright colored neoclassical-style Seokjojeon, was constructed in 1938. It's now the MMCA (National Museum of Modern Contemporary Art) Deoksugung, with a collection of permanent and temporary contemporary art.
Last week, a sunny spring day, I visited the museum and enjoyed the exhibition of the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Korean Modern Masters, Pen Varlen(1916~90).
Pen, Russian-Korean artist, is an important figure in Soviet socialist realism art. I appreciated his impressive masterpieces and sketched in and outside the museum with picturesque surroundings.