Korean eye: moon generation

 Hyungkoo  Lee. Homo Animatus, 2007

Seoul and London – May 6 – Standard Chartered, Korean Eye and Phillips de Pury & Company today announced the Korean Eye Moon Generation exhibition. The exhibition brings together a group of leading Korean contemporary artists and galleries to create an international selling exhibition of Korean contemporary art.

After previewing in Seoul in May, Korean Eye’s: Moon Generation will travel to London to be staged at the Saatchi Gallery. The London exhibition will open on June 20 and run through July 5.

Korean Eye seeks to create a legacy of Korean contemporary art and the launch of this exhibition in London provides a unique backdrop for education and appreciation for this rapidly developing art scene which until now has had little exposure outside Korea. The accompanying catalogue will feature each of the artist’s works available and will become a definitive point of reference for Korean contemporary art.

Founder of Korean Eye David Ciclitira explained his passion for the project “I first visited Korea several years ago and was amazed at the richness and vibrancy of the country’s contemporary art scene. It became my mission to ensure that the work and artists enjoy the recognition they deserve on the international stage. It has been fantastic to work in partnership with both Standard Chartered and with Phillips de Pury & Company. I would like to thank them and the artists for the support which has made the Korean Eye initiative possible.”

As the main sponsor of the Korean Eye Moon Generation Exhibition, Standard Chartered is promoting Korea overseas, and is supporting Korean contemporary artists to open up new possibilities in the international art world. Tim Miller, Director of Standard Chartered, and Chairman of Standard Chartered First Bank Korea said “As the largest foreign investor in the Korean financial services industry, Standard Chartered can serve as a bridge between Korea and the rest of the world in promoting Korean contemporary art in the international arena.”

Rodman Primack, Phillips de Pury & Company’s Chairman in London says: “We are proud to offer such quality work that is fresh to the international market where we have witnessed a strong appetite for works from unchartered areas. Phillips has excelled in bringing new artists to the forefront of the contemporary art scene and there is no question that these artists will soon become major names.”

Korean Eye will organise an annual exhibition for the next four years with the aim to create an enduring legacy for Korean contemporary art and chart a path for an impressive cultural contribution to the London Olympics in 2012. Korean Eye expects to expand the exhibition each year to include additional international cities.

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