The smell of ink greets visitors even before they enter.
The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is holding its first special exhibition on calligraphy: 'The Modern and Contemporary Korean Writing'.
As calligraphy started even before the Joseon Dynasty, people might wonder why it's on display at a modern art museum.
However, as shown by artist Kim Whan-ki's 'A Jar and a Poem', calligraphy has been fully integrated into modern Korean art.
In the modern era, calligraphy developed from its practical role of just a form of writing into a type of fine art.
"Artist Yoo Hee-kang's artwork shows how calligraphy can cross over to become a painting. The artwork is only filled with letters yet it feels like a picture. Kim Choong-hyun's 'Seodaehaeng' shows the letters' beauty and grace."
Other masterpieces show how the mixture of 'Hangeul' and Chinese calligraphy and diverse calligraphic scripts can work in harmony.
“Like contemporary art, calligraphy is also moving with the times. By focusing on images rather than individual letters, contemporary calligraphy has become more of something to be viewed, rather than read.”
Calligraphy has expanded into design, being used in movies and product logos.
This transformation means what once was a fine art can now be seen in people's daily lives.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News.