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Philippine-Korean ties are celebrated with art

Nov 26,2019
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“The Hybridity and Dynamism of the Contemporary Art of the Philippines” exhibit opened September in Seoul. [HANSAE YES24 FOUNDATION]
Korea-Asean relations may be the focus in Busan, but one Southeast Asian country has been participating in local events all year celebrating its ties with Korea - the Philippines.

The country was the first among Asean members and the fifth government ever to form official relations with Korea in 1949. Ties between the two strengthened when the Philippines sent 7,420 of it soldiers to fight in the Korean War (1950-53).

To celebrate the 70-year friendship, Seoul and Manila launched a number of events this year that recognizes the artistic achievements of one another.

Two separate art institutions in Korea hosted exhibitions featuring Filipino artists. Buen Calubayan’s solo show “Landscape, Museum, Household: A Sweeper’s Guide” kicked off at the RYSE Hotel in Hongdae, western Seoul, in August and ended earlier this month. Works there were inspired by the artist’s experience as a researcher for the National Museum of the Philippines and by his interest in the Philippine Revolution against Spanish colonizers in the late 19th century.

In September, the Hansae Yes24 Foundation invited 11 Filipino artists to show at the Insa Art Center in central Seoul in an ambitious project titled “The Hybridity and Dynamism of the Contemporary Art of the Philippines,” where artists depicted the different landscapes, family backgrounds and desires that have shaped their lives.

Works by 33 leading Korean craftspeople went on display at the “Korean Life Aesthetics” exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila from last week.

Co-hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Craft & Design Foundation, the exhibition presents a wide range of items like paper fans, wooden tea tables and modernized hanbok.

BY KIM EUN-JIN [kim.eunjin1@joongang.co.kr]