Seoul, July 21 (UPI) – Masterpiece from Lee Kun Hee’s Vast Art Collection The late president of Samsung, South Korea’s richest man, has been on display in Seoul for the first time since his heirs donated about 23,000 objects at a national museum.
Lee’s family announced a donation in April, including works by top Korean artists, from one of the largest private collections in the world. Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali When Claude Monet ..
The president of Samsung, who oversaw the company’s rise from a cheap electronics maker to a global powerhouse, died in October at the age of 78.
Two exhibitions took place at the same time in two Seoul museums. The National Museum of Korea, which exhibits various historical Korean arts and crafts, and the National Museum of Korea, which exhibits works from the earliest days to the present day. Mid-20th century by Korean masters such as Whanki Kim, Lee Jung Seob, and Park Su Geun.
The National Museum of Korea has received around 21,600 works from Lee’s family, including treasures such as 18th-century paintings. Clearing after rain in the Ingwan mountains Manufactured by Jeong Seon. 77 works are exhibited.
The Museum of Modern Art has received 1,488 works and currently exhibits 58 works.
Tiffany Yun, deputy director of public relations at the museum, called the gift of Lee’s property a “gift of the century.”
“It makes a lot of sense to be able to share these works with the general public,” she said Tuesday in preview of the exhibition.
The Museum of Modern Art exhibit features some of Korea’s most remarkable works. Taurus Lee Jun Seop and WOmen and bottle Whanki Kim, the largest canvas ever made by a pioneering abstract artist.
“After this exhibition, the MMCA will increase the opportunities for the general public to enjoy the high-quality works donated and to broaden the horizons of art history research by studying Lee’s collection,” the museum said. Director Yong Bunmo said. declaration.
After Lee’s death, there was great interest in the future of his collection, which was estimated to be worth around $ 1.7 billion. According to Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Lee’s heirs donated a small number of works to five regional museums in addition to donations to two major museums in Seoul.
The family also announced in April that they would pay Lee’s property the largest inheritance tax in Korean history (roughly $ 10.8 billion).
But art donations were not without controversy.
Earlier this month, South Korea’s culture ministry said it would build a new facility to house Lee’s collection, citing two candidate sites in central Seoul.
Other cities and state governments quickly complained about the plan and issued a statement criticizing the decision of a group of 677 art experts to keep all of their works in one place.
Exposed when Lee Kun-hee’s son and de facto Samsung leader Lee Jae-yong was jailed and sentenced to 30 months in prison for bribing the former president. A meeting is organized. Park Geun-hye. He is also awaiting the start of a new trial on a series of criminal charges relating to the 2015 merger of two controversial Samsung subsidiaries.
Business leaders are pushing for the forgiveness of Lee, 53, who is so important to Samsung in the South Korean economy. support, According to a recent poll.
Lee Kun-hee was twice convicted of white-collar crimes in 1996 and 2008, but in a scenario familiar to South Korean businessmen, he was spared jail and received a presidential amnesty.
The exhibition at the National Museum will run until September 26, and the exhibition at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art will run until March 13.
The two museums plan to hold another exhibition in April next year to commemorate the first anniversary of the donation. Part of Lee’s collection will also be on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in September 2022.
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