Young Sook Park and Lee Ufan at Gwangju Biennale, Korea, 2006  

Young Sook Park and Lee Ufan at Gwangju Biennale, Korea, 2006  

YOUNG SOOK PARK & UFAN LEE

-by Julia Tarasyuk 

The Gallery Art Zone at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul boasts a vast and elegantly curated collection of delicate Korean ceramics designed by renowned and emerging local contemporary artists. The exquisite selection covers examples of traditional craftsmanship and minimalistic innovative designs. Among various unfamiliar names the eye of an art lover will immediately recognize one of the biggest artists in the Korean and international contemporary scene – Lee Ufan. Originally from Korea Lee Ufan became one of the central figures of Mono-ha (The School of Things), a new movement of Japanese art, sculpture and land art in particular, which emerged in the late 1960s. Throughout his work he continued to propose Mono-ha concepts in both artistic production and theoretical practice. Today Lee Ufan is one of the most internationally acclaimed artists in the contemporary art scene. Young Sook Park is one of the most respected Korean ceramics specialists. Her earlyartistic commitment to the traditions of Korean ceramics craftsmanship and desire to recreate the lost methods and styles of the Chosun Dynasty led her to the establishment of the Park Young Sook Ceramic Studio in 1979. 

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