Then and Now : The National Academy of Arts’ 60th Anniversary
Exhibition was designed to be a retrospective on modern Korean art and the
history of the NAA, which has played a pioneering role in the development of
Koreanart since its launch in 1954.
The NAA was established as a means for
Korean artists to promote and develop art as well as their individual artistic
activities. Since its first exhibition was held in 1979, the annual event has
consistently highlighted Korean art from the past and present through works by
NAA members, many of whom represent Korea’s leading contemporary artists. Over the years, Academy members
have carried on the legacy of Korean art even during times of great social and
political upheaval, laying the foundation for today’s Korean art.
This year’s 60th anniversary exhibition features 79
major works by 35 late members and 22 current members of the Academy’s Fine Art Division.
It is my sincere hope that this event will be looked upon as a festival that
NAA members, tomorrow’s next generation of artists, and every visitor to MMCA Deoksugung can
take part in and enjoy together.