Since opening its door in 1969, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Korea has lived through the history of Korean art. In the process, MMCA established itself as a representative institution of Korean modern art.
The museum’s four branches, including Gwacheon (opened in 1986), Deoksugung (opened in 1998), Seoul (opened in 2013), and Cheongju (expected to open in 2015), each in its own way, will continue to carry out MMCA’s commitment to the art and culture of Korea by enriching the first-hand cultural experience of the viewing public.
Boasting a superb natural landscape surrounding the site, MMCA Gwacheon is devoted to various genres of visual arts such as architecture, design, and crafts. Located within a historical site, MMCA Deoksugung showcases modern art from both Korea and abroad. In the heart of the city, MMCA Seoul focuses on introducing global contemporary art. With its up-to-date art storage facility, MMCA Cheongju will fulfill the museum’s primary duty to collect, preserve, study, exhibit, and educate. Through its various locations, MMCA intends to function as a cultural platform that encourages communication and cross-pollination of contemporary art with other various disciplines of art, science, and humanities.
The Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA) is a Korean modern art museum conveniently located in the Deoksugung Palace area near the Jeongdong Theater (traditional performances) and the Nanta Theater.
The SeMA is a 3-story building with 6 exhibition halls, a lecture hall for educational programs, and a library where art-related books, magazines, and visual reference materials are available to the public. In one of the exhibition halls is a permanent collection titled ‘The Soul of Chun Kyung Ja,’ an exhibition of the works of the famous Korean artist Chun Kyung Ja.
An art museum popular among both locals and visitors, SeMA holds internationally renowned exhibitions twice a year and has hosted Chagall, Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh, Pompidou, and many other famous collections.