Exhibitions at MOPS - The Museum of Photography Seoul
In Korean and Nordic Contemporary Photography
As a continuous sponsor and main supporter of next generation Korean photographers, The Museum of Photography, Seoul has publicly received and reviewed portfolios produced by Korean artists in their 30~40s since the beginning of 2015. This year, an opportunity of exchange with Scandinavian photographers under a common theme is given by the Museum to 5 Korean artists who were either already introduced via exhibitions from the past 3 years, or newly chosen for their portfolios. Although each artis… more
International and Korean artists experimenting with different forms of photography can be met this year in The Museum of Photography, Seoul. The series of group and solo exhibitions will start off with French photographer Xavier Lucchesi's THE UNSEEN. It tells enchanting stories hidden inside famous artworks revealed by x-ray camera, an apparatus often used for medical or industrial purposes. Many artists use x-rays in their works but often they end up with routine results rather than makin… more
Each image invites the viewer to enter a state of reflection and contemplation through an intimate connection with nature. The scenes in each photograph are ones that we often see in daily life: a meadow, a tumultuous sea, the bluest sky on a summer day. By immortalizing these ordinary moments in time with her camera, Youngsook SONG encourages the viewer to embrace the ceaseless energy of nature. It is abundantly clear that she has a deep and personal relationship with the natural world, and she… more
A few years ago, KANG Woongu concluded that he has fulfilled his “compulsory service” as a photographer in this world. Ever since, he says, he has been having more fun with photography. His ensuing works could be viewed as aftershock tremors. His thoughts, experienced and accumulated over a long period, permeate the photography of KANG’s late years. His later work, therefore, is just as notable as what came before. Since 1962, KANG has shown his work at numerous exhibitions at … more
Ordinary objets that are keeping their place indifferently despite the fast changing world, becomes something special and valuable in a photograph. The books unconsciously piled up and arranged in routine are recreated into Chaekgado series through the frames composed by LIM Soo Sik. Bookshelves full of books and decorated with objets depending on the taste and interest of its owner are filled of various stories and visual elements. LIM Soo Sik selects and prints different parts on separate piec… more
As the very last panel of ‘The official program of the Korea-France Year 2015-2016’, The Museum of Photography, Seoul organizes a solo exhibition of Czech-born French photographer, Josef Koudelka to celebrate the program’s closing. He is known best in both Korea and abroad for his black-and-white images of Europe’s itinerant Roma, or gypsies people. Another acclaimed series is Invasion 68 Prague, which he photographed the night of August 21st, when Warsaw Pact tanks invad… more
The Museum of photography, Seoul presents Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Scrapbook exhibition, the most precious collection of Henri Cartier- Bresson Foundation, from August 27th through December 3rd.
In 1940, Henri Cartier-Bresson was taken prisoner by the Germans; in February 1943, after two previous attempts, he managed to escape. On his return, he completed a famous series of portraits for Editions Braun before joining a group of photographers to record the Liberation of Paris in 1945; he di… more
bLow UP aMeriKa captures what HWANG Kyu-Tae had witnessed in America from 1960s through 1970s, soon after the photographer ...more
As a strong supporter of Korean photography's next generation, starting from early 2015 The Museum of Photography, Seoul has openly received and reviewed portfolios by Korea photographers in their 30~40s. Works of talented artists were chosen and presented by group and solo exhibitions annually. This year, following the group of artists who react with a keen sense to urban landscape which surrounds them, the project continues with HAN Sungpil’s solo exhibition: Fantasmagorí… more
2016 Young Artist Exhibition
As a strong supporter of Korean photography's next generation, starting from early 2015 The Museum of Photography, Seoul has openly received and reviewed portfolios by Korea photographers in their 30~40s. Works of talented artists were chosen and exhibited in the two exhibitions last year, and this year the project continues with the group exhibition of Hyewon GEUM, Hyong-Ryol PAK and Sanghyuk YOON.
Unexpectedly a number of applicants have concentrated on the urban environment that they a… more
Everyone sees what one wants to see and listens to what one wants to listen. Like all others, photographer JOO Myung Duck reveals in his photographs only what he wishes to see in eccentric ways. He refuses to photograph the conventional beauty, joy, and sadness if those fail to move his heart. This time he captured lotus. He photographed, rested, and looked again repeatedly. It must have been an effort to overcome the popular belief and renew himself. Lotus stood there as it always has, but as h… more
The Very First Exhibition in the History of Documentary Photography by Magnum Photos Rediscovered after 50 Years
2015’s First show in Asia following France, Germany, Spain and Hungary
The Museum of Photography, Seoul will feature the exhibition Magnum’s First, organized by Magnum Photos (founded in 1947), a photographic co-operative of great diversity and distinction in Europe and USA owned by its photojournalist-members. This exhibition is the first event for the friendship … more
2015 Young Artists Exhibition
From 2012, to consistently support the next generation of Korean photography as an essential supporter, The Museum of Photography, Seoul has openly received portfolios by Korean photographers in their 30~40s working in and out of the country and examined talented and creative works in-depth. The final selected artists will have an exhibition with an accompanied publication, and also museum’s continuous support on connections and exchange activities with other museums and institutions. At… more
Ara Güler - The Eye of Istanbul
· The Turkish iconic photographer Ara Güler, the member of ‘Magnum Photos’ whom Henri Cartier-Bresson has Acclaimed and Recommended.
· 100 lyrical documents that spread out Turkey worldwide.
· Only chance to encounter with original prints from the ‘Ara Museum’ collection
Ara Güler is the world’s greatest photographer who was born in Turkey in 1928. He has documented all outdoors with his cam… more
Celebrating the 130th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Italy, The Museum of Photography, Seoul (MOPS) and the Italian Cultural Institute, Seoul present a collaborative project, Italian Nostalgia, a group exhibition by 3 contemporary Italian photographers born in the 1960s, corresponding to the Korean generation of digital transition.
During the era of 1990s when the analogue and digital sentiments came together in a peculiar fashion, Korean artists began to sense the over… more
The Museum of Photography, Seoul (MOPS) presents for the first time KIM Oksun’s latest series "The Shining Things". This is the first release of the new series that the artist consistently worked on after "No Direction Home", and a photo book including 42 images will be published to accompany the exhibition.
The Shining Thing As They Are
Look at the Tree. Even though they are rooted in a rough and barren land, grew askew by the wind, and covered by branches, they ne… more
The Museum of Photography, Seoul Collection
The Museum of photography, Seoul(MOPS) will present "The Masterpieces" exhibition showing for the first time its 1900s vintage print collections from 5th July through 30th August for 8 weeks. MOPS, for this time presents masterpieces from overseas, the museum has industriously collected for substantiality and establishment of institute identity so far.
"The Masterpieces" will provide a rare chance to encounter with large numbers of original masterpieces, introduced merely t… more