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December 5, 2013 - Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art - Hiroshi Sugimoto
December 5, 2013

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Five Elements: Tyrrhenian Sea, Conca (1994), 2011. Optical quality glass, steel, wood, 7.6 × 15.5 cm. Odawara Art Foundation. © Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Hiroshi Sugimoto
Hiroshi Sugimoto

December 5, 2013–March 23, 2014

Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art
60-16 Itaewon-ro 55-gil, Yongsan-gu
Korea 140-893
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10:30am–6pm

T +82 2 2014 6900


Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Hiroshi Sugimoto, a leading contemporary photographer, titled Hiroshi Sugimoto, from December 5, 2013 to March 23, 2014. This exhibition marks the first solo museum exhibition to introduce the oeuvre of Sugimoto to Korean audiences. Born in Tokyo in 1948 and working in New York since 1974, Sugimoto combines conceptual depth, formalistic simplicity, and master craftsmanship in his distinctive art practice. His work has been shown internationally at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Deutsch Guggenheim (Berlin), and Mori Art Museum (Tokyo) among other prominent art museums. In 2001, he received the Hasselblad Award and in 2009 was selected by the British newspaper The Times as one of the most significant artists working since 1900 in The Times Top 200 Artists of the 20th Century to Now.

The exhibition brings together the artist’s major photographic series ranging from the late 1970s to the present, featuring his celebrated early works Theaters and Seascapes, as well as Portraits, Lightning Fields, and his recent multimedia installation Accelerated Buddha among others. His works show his multidisciplinary scholarly interests in art, history, science, religion, and philosophy of Eastern and Western traditions.

His work that seeks the origin of human life and consciousness beyond ages and regions calling for recovery of spirituality will provide us a precious moment for meditating on our origin away from the hectic, high-velocity life of contemporary society.

Curated by KWAK June Young, Curator, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art 

Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art was opened in central Seoul in 2004 and provides a unique environment to house the comprehensive collections of traditional and contemporary art in Korea. Three buildings make up the composite complex. MUSEUM 1 is devoted to the exhibition of traditional Korean artwork. MUSEUM 2 showcases modern and contemporary works by both Korean and foreign artists. Finally, the Samsung Child Education & Culture Center supplements the two Museums by contributing to the cultural education of our future leaders. This cultural complex was designed by three internationally acclaimed architects, Mario Botta, Jean Nouvel and Rem Koolhaas. The three buildings exist in harmony with each other, though each piece has its own uniqueness. These architectural works are designed to accommodate the past, present, and future of art and culture.

The museum is committed to establishing and preserving a new interpretation and perspective of traditional Korean art, encouraging and presenting new trends in Korean modern art, and displaying international contemporary art that reflects the preeminent values of our time. 

Press contact:
Lee Youjin,Public Relations Team
T +82 2 2014 6553 / youjin30.lee [​at​] samsung.com 

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