History

As the only national art museum in the country accommodating both modern and contemporary art of Korea and international art of different time periods, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, was established in the small exhibition hall in Gyeongbokgung Palace in 1969 and moved to Seokjojeon in Deoksugung Palace in 1973. In 1986 the museum moved to Gwacheon with an international-sized facility and an outdoor sculpture park. The museum has been devoted to its function as a national art institution by collecting, conserving, exhibiting and researching artworks and materials, and improving art and cultural awareness through international exchanges, education and promotion of artistic activities

In 1998, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung, was established as an annex of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, with the objective of structuring the formation and history of Korean modern art. As an institution focusing on modern art, the museum promotes diverse projects such as research and study of modern art, collecting and conserving art works, permanent and temporary exhibitions, development and practice of educational programs, academic lectures, publications and exchanges of Korean modern art works and information. Newly opened in Nov 2013, MMCA Seoul is the cultural complex accommodating interdisciplinary artistic practices with enhanced accessibility.

Also in 2018, we are trying to promote Cheongju as the hub for Jungbu Region's art and culture by re-constructing the old tobacco factory in Cheongju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do, as the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) Cheongju.

  • 2018 Cheongju Opening, Organization Revised
    • 1 Unit, 1 Chamber, 6 Departments, 5 Teams → 1 Unit, 1 Chamber, 7 Departments, 6 Teams
    • Management Department National Art Storage Center , Curatorial Department National Art Storage Center
  • 2017 Organization Revised
    • 1 Unit, 4 Departments, 2 Chambers, 1 Section, 5 Teams system → 1 Unit, 1 Chamber, 6 Departments, 5 Teams
    • Department of Administration Facility Management / Department of Planning and General Management/Department of Conservation and Art Bank /Customer Support and Development Team/Communication and Media Team / Exhibition Department1/ Department of Collection and Archive /Department of Education and Cultural Programs/Exhibition Department Team 2/ Exhibition Department Team 3/Research and Publication Team
  • 2013 11.12 Inauguration of MMCA Seoul Organization Revised
    • Department of Administration, Department of Development, Department of Conservation & Art Bank, Curatorial DepartmentⅠ, Curatorial DepartmentⅡ,Department of Education & Residency Program, MMCA Seoul Office(Operation Support Team, Exhibition TeamⅠ, Exhibition TeamⅡ, Information Service Team), MMCA Deoksugung Office
  • 2010 01.14 Organization Revised
    • 1 Unit, 3 Departments, 2 Chambers, 1 Teams, 1 Branch system → 1 Unit, 8 Teams, 1 Branch
    12.31 Organization Revised
    • 1 Unit, 8 Teams, 1 Branch → 1 Unit, 7 Teams, 1 Branch
  • 2006 01.01 Converted into the government-affiliated independent organization 01.05 Organization Revised
    • 'Executive Office' changed to 'Planning and Management Office'
    • Teams created in the Curatorial Department: Research Team, Exhibition Team, Public Relations and Marketing Team, and Conservation Team
    05.16 Organization Revised
    • Public Relations and Marketing Team separated from the Curatorial Department to Director's Office
    • Conservation Team promoted to Department of Conservation, with the addition of Collecting & Maintenance Team and Restoration Team
  • 2004 11.18 Revision of organization at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea
  • 2002 05.27 Revision of organization at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung
  • 1998 12.01 Deoksugung branch opened
  • 1986 08.18 Organization Revised
    • Executive Office and Curatorial Department Established
    • Administration Department, Exhibition Department and External Education Department were organized in the Executive Office
    08.25 Moved to the newly-built museum in Gwacheon
  • 1973 07.05 Moved to Deoksugung Palace
  • 1969 08.23 The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea was established 10.20 The museum opened in Gyeongbokgung Palace