• Oil on linen painting: The Pleasure of Contemplation: A Room with Chaekgeori and Desk by Nam Kyung Min (2019)

    Friday, November 22, 2019 to Friday, February 14, 2020

    • Friday, November 22, 2019
    • Saturday, November 23, 2019
    Image: NAM Kyung Min, <The Pleasure of Contemplation: A Room with Chaekgeori and Desk>, Oil on lInen, 2019, 117x182cm

    In partnership with The Embassy of the Republic of Korea and the Korean Cultural Centre, we are pleased to co-host <ONE INSPIRATION – The Very First Ideas from Korean Tradition and Culture>  curated by the Savina Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul. Different works from the exhibition will be presented at the Korean Cultural Centre Gallery and the Gallery 101, opening November 22 and 23 respectively.

    Curated by the Savina Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, <One Inspiration - The Very First Ideas from Korean Tradition and Culture> exhibition introduces works by ten nationally and internationally recognized Korean artists of contemporary art, featuring their paintings, photographs, sculptures and video installations.  The exhibition is structured with 3 different themes: the Origin of Ancestors-myths and religion; The Life of Ancestors-Flavor of Life; the Inventions of Our Ancestors-Hangeul and Hanji.

    The exhibition aims to promote the aesthetics of Korean tradition and to locate the roots of contemporary Korean art in traditional culture. Bridging the past, present and future, traditional Korean culture provides artists with boundless sources of ideas. This exhibition is an attempt to shed light on the creative process of those ten established artists and to find their very first ideas stemming from Korea’s unique tradition; the exhibits reveal how their art reflects this.


    Exhibition Information

    Korean Cultural Centre Gallery (150 Elgin St., Unit 101)
    Opening: Friday, November 22, 2019    18:30~21:00
    canada@korea.kr/ (613) 233-8008

    Gallery 101 (280 Catherine St.,)
    Opening: Saturday, November 23, 2019    13:00~17:00
    Please arrive by 1 pm for an opening ceremony by our Indigenous Elder Barbara Dumont Hill, opening remarks from the Korean Cultural Centre, and an artist tour.
    director@g101.ca/ (613) 230-2799

    Exhibition closes Friday February 14 2020 at both venues.


    The KCC is located on the ground floor of 150 Elgin St and is fully accessible.
    Gallery 101 hopes to have its lift certified for the exhibition opening so that both levels of the gallery will be accessible. Currently our ground floor is fully accessible, including a barrier free washroom.



    Kang Un, Kim Bum Su, Kim Sung Bok, Kim Seung Young, Kim Chang Kyum, Nam Kyung Min, Yang Dae Won, Yoo Hyun Mi, Lee Gil Rae, Sung Dong Hun


    Media Inquiry

    Moonsun Choi - Korean Cultural Centre: moonsunchoi@korea.kr/ 613-233-8008 (ext. 212)
    Jung Joon Rhee - Korean Cultural Centre: jungjoonrhee@korea.kr/ 613-233-8008 (ext. 204)
    Laura Margita - Gallery 101: director@g101.ca / 613-230-2799 



    Hosted by the Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange
    Organized by the Savina museum of Contemporary Art, the Korean Cultural Centre/ the Embassy of the Republic of Korea
    Sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
    In partnership with Gallery 101

    Gallery 101 gratefully acknowledges, the City of Ottawa, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Gallery 101 thanks our members, volunteers and supporters. G101 honours and respects the original people of the territory we currently occupy: unceded and  unsurrendered Anishnaabe-Aki who have been living  and working on this land since time immemorial.