March 27, 2020 10:40
An exhibition of contemporary Korean art at the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia is going online as the museum has closed its doors temporarily due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The exhibition, which opened on Thursday, was scheduled to last until March 10, but that has been extended by over a month until June 28.
"The museum is temporarily closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus," a source told the Chosun Ilbo. "The exhibition will be livestreamed on the Internet, and only a few art figures will be invited for a tour."
The Hermitage is one of the three largest museums in the world. This is the first time that an exhibition by contemporary Korean artists has been held there.
Exploring themes of creativity and daydreaming, the exhibition is part of a project, dubbed "Korean Eye," launched in 2008 to promote contemporary Korean art. It presents works by 16 Korean artists in various genres including painting, sculpture and installation art.
The exhibition will next travel to the Saatchi Gallery in London and finally to Seoul at the end of the year.
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