The exhibit begins on the first floor of the Daegu Culture and Arts Center with several rooms of calligraphy and calligraphic paintings. The art of Korean calligraphy transcends the technicalities of handwriting and is an act of mental training and discipline. Shapes, characters, and expressive brush strokes are all ways that a calligrapher expresses emotions. You can still appreciate the accompanying abstract paintings of nature even if you can’t read Hangul or Chinese characters.
Continue upstairs to view contemporary paintings, photography, graphic design, poster design, and packaging design. The subject matter varies widely, from modern examples of still life to examples of surrealism, impressionist, pop, and photorealism art.
On the opposite side of the second level, you’ll find a gallery displaying even more paintings. Running down the middle of this room are a couple of rows of three-dimensional art including ceramics, woodworking, delicate metalwork, and intricately designed metal sculptures.
Once you leave the ceramics and metalworking room, continue on to the final two galleries featuring colorful Buddhist art, as well as traditional style paintings and drawings.
Contemporary Asian art is largely underrepresented in international modern galleries so this is a great way to become familiar not only with up-and-coming Korean artists, but local artists and artisans as well. While the exhibit descriptions and gallery guides aren’t in English, you don’t need to speak Korean to appreciate the art itself.
The Grand Art, Craft, and Calligraphic Painting Exhibition runs through Sunday, June 26 at the Daegu Culture and Arts Center. It is free to attend.
Dates: 06/15/2016 - 06/26/2616
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., closed on Mondays
Place:Daegu Culture and Arts Center, Museum Rooms 1-13
Address: 201, Gongwonsunhwan-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu대구광역시 달서구 공원순환로 201 (성당동)