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Exhibitions and Performances to enjoy; MMCA's first exhibition on calligraphy Updated: 2020-08-07 17:06:11 KST

It's Friday which means our arts and culture correspondent Kim Bokyoung is live in the studio to give us our weekly dose exhibitions and art performances.
Bo-kyoung, what do you bring us today to cheer up the depressed and calm down the distressed during these rainy days?

Hi Conn-young, due to the coronavirus, many museums were closed for a while, but they have recently reopened their doors as the spread of the virus has quietened down a little. National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is one of them. Let's take a look at their special exhibition on calligraphy.

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.

It definitely seems like a wonderful exhibition, and all that beautiful calligraphy could really help us clear our minds. Are there more places worth a visit this weekend?

Sure, for those who just can't get enough of calligraphy, the Seoul Calligraphy Art Museum presents the works of the 23 Most Influential Calligraphers of Modern Korea.
The exhibition runs until August 16 so don't miss it.
This year is the 70th anniversary of the National Theater Company of Korea, and 'Hwajeonga' which was originally scheduled for February finally opened this week. It shows civilians holding on to the beauty of their daily lives while the Korean War looms nearby.
The National Gugak Center has also reopened its doors and the Folk Music Group will turn North Korean manuscripts and songs from the 1950s and 60s into musical performances.
Over at the Seoul Arts Center, Victor Hugo's 'Les Miserables' has been turned into a play, letting the audience fully understand the story with more dialogue.
The Korean National Ballet depicts the life of a prominent female poet of the mid-Joseon dynasty, Heo Nan Seol Heon who wasn't appreciated at that time.
Next Saturday is National Liberation Day, so the National Chorus of Korea will celebrate the day by singing 'My Country' and 'Korea Fantasy' next Saturday and Sunday.

It's great to know there are so many exciting cultural events going on this weekend and indoors away from the rain. Thank you for letting us know what's on.

Thank you.
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