Cradle of Korea’s artists, Sun Gallery celebrates 33 years of history
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Cradle of Korea’s artists, Sun Gallery celebrates 33 years of history
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Thirty three years ago, in February 1977, Kim Chang-sil (’57, Pharmacy) opened up a small art gallery which she named the Sun Gallery in Insa-dong, a place now renowned for tradition, culture and art.
The Sun Gallery is called the cradle of a number of well-known artists. Throughout the years, it has kept its position as the base camp for many artists who are seen as art veterans today.
The artists include Oh Yong-gil, a veteran painter and currently a professor at the College of Art and Design at Ewha and Koh Jeong-soo, a prominent sculptor and director of Art Forum lnternational.
“Many artists who received the Sun Art Award from the gallery in its early years have become expert artists today, both in and outside of Korea,” said Kim, the CEO of the Sun Gallery for the past 33 years.
Kim, a former pharmacist, loved to collect art pieces as her hobby. She eventually opened up an art gallery herself with the encouragement of her elder son who had at the time just entered university.
“It turns out, my hobby became my profession,” said Kim. To her, art is one of her favorite fields which she wishes to share and promote with other people.
To celebrate its legacy, the Sun Gallery is hosting a 33rd Anniversary Exhibition, displaying a collection of 33 art pieces by deceased or senior painters and 330 pieces by young artists. The exhibition focuses mainly on drawings and paintings of the artists, and runs throughout April 1 to May 7
During the intervening years, the gallery has had more than 300 exhibitions, a number considered to be huge for an individually-owned art gallery.
Every piece of are which is exhibited is chosen with care and scrutiny. “I sort out only the art pieces that I have a firm belief in,” said Kim. “And any special exhibitions, invitational exhibits or overseas exhibitions are funded entirely by the Sun Gallery.”
After 33 years since its foundation, the Sun Gallery continues to propel talented artists into the future.
“I’d like to enter the international field of art with many talented artists and introduce the prestige of Korea’s art to the world and further produce a greater number of global artists,” Kim said.m Chang-sil (’57, Pharmacy) opened up a small art gallery which she named the Sun Gallery in Insa-dong, a place now renowned for tradition, culture and art.
The Sun Gallery is called the cradle of a number of well-known artists. Throughout the years, it has kept its position as the base camp for many artists who are seen as art veterans today.
The artists include Oh Yong-gil, a veteran painter and currently a professor at the College of Art and Design at Ewha and Koh Jeong-soo, a prominent sculptor and director of Art Forum lnternational.
“Many artists who received the Sun Art Award from the gallery in its early years have become expert artists today, both in and outside of Korea,” said Kim, the CEO of the Sun Gallery for the past 33 years.
Kim, a former pharmacist, loved to collect art pieces as her hobby. She eventually opened up an art gallery herself with the encouragement of her elder son who had at the time just entered university.
“It turns out, my hobby became my profession,” said Kim. To her, art is one of her favorite fields which she wishes to share and promote with other people.
To celebrate its legacy, the Sun Gallery is hosting a 33rd Anniversary Exhibition, displaying a collection of 33 art pieces by deceased or senior painters and 330 pieces by young artists. The exhibition focuses mainly on drawings and paintings of the artists, and runs throughout April 1 to May 7
During the intervening years, the gallery has had more than 300 exhibitions, a number considered to be huge for an individually-owned art gallery.
Every piece of are which is exhibited is chosen with care and scrutiny. “I sort out only the art pieces that I have a firm belief in,” said Kim. “And any special exhibitions, invitational exhibits or overseas exhibitions are funded entirely by the Sun Gallery.”
After 33 years since its foundation, the Sun Gallery continues to propel talented artists into the future.
“I’d like to enter the international field of art with many talented artists and introduce the prestige of
Thirty three years ago, in February 1977, Kim Chang-sil (’57, Pharmacy) opened up a small art gallery which she named the Sun Gallery in Insa-dong, a place now renowned for tradition, culture and art.
The Sun Gallery is called the cradle of a number of well-known artists. Throughout the years, it has kept its position as the base camp for many artists who are seen as art veterans today.
The artists include Oh Yong-gil, a veteran painter and currently a professor at the College of Art and Design at Ewha and Koh Jeong-soo, a prominent sculptor and director of Art Forum lnternational.
“Many artists who received the Sun Art Award from the gallery in its early years have become expert artists today, both in and outside of Korea,” said Kim, the CEO of the Sun Gallery for the past 33 years.
Kim, a former pharmacist, loved to collect art pieces as her hobby. She eventually opened up an art gallery herself with the encouragement of her elder son who had at the time just entered university.
“It turns out, my hobby became my profession,” said Kim. To her, art is one of her favorite fields which she wishes to share and promote with other people.
To celebrate its legacy, the Sun Gallery is hosting a 33rd Anniversary Exhibition, displaying a collection of 33 art pieces by deceased or senior painters and 330 pieces by young artists. The exhibition focuses mainly on drawings and paintings of the artists, and runs throughout April 1 to May 7
During the intervening years, the gallery has had more than 300 exhibitions, a number considered to be huge for an individually-owned art gallery.
Every piece of are which is exhibited is chosen with care and scrutiny. “I sort out only the art pieces that I have a firm belief in,” said Kim. “And any special exhibitions, invitational exhibits or overseas exhibitions are funded entirely by the Sun Gallery.”
After 33 years since its foundation, the Sun Gallery continues to propel talented artists into the future.
“I’d like to enter the international field of art with many talented artists and introduce the prestige of Korea’s art to the world and further produce a greater number of global artists,” Kim said.

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