World artists’ festival, KIAF Seoul Co-hosted with Frieze, the world’s top 3 art fair

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First opened in 2002, Kiaf Seoul is Korea’s first international art fair. Galleries from all over the world are participating, and it is growing rapidly, centering on Seoul, which has established itself as a global art city. From this year, the scale has been expanded as Kiaf PLUS and works of various genres such as modern art as well as NFT art and new media art have been introduced. As a result, it has become a festival of artists around the world. 

Kiaf Seoul, leading the Asian art market

Hosted the largest art fair in Korea with Freeze Seoul

On September 2nd, the largest art fair event in Korea was held. Kiaf Seoul leads the Asian art market by renewing the highest sales of over 60 billion won in the past two years despite the pandemic. This year, it held an art fair together with Freeze Seoul, which the first time in Seoul. Freeze is one of the world’s three largest art fairs. Freeze Seoul invited works of Anish Kapoor, Takashi Murakami, Luis Bonnet, Georg Baselitz, Rudolph Stingel, and Zeng Panj from 21 countries and 110 galleries including Gagosian, Pace Auger & Worth, Lehman Muffins, and Perotin. 

Artist Baek Jong-im presents ‘Dragon’s Dream’ series at Kiaf

Feeling the mystery and strong energy

At Kiaf Seoul, the work of Western artist Baek Jong-im was unique. She has won the grand prize at the Korea Art Competition and Mokwoo International Art Festival, which are representative contests of Korean art groups. She is an artist who paints a story that harmonizes with her own pictorial formative language with bright and warm colors made of oil or acrylic on oil canvas.

She is also an artist who crosses the boundaries between figurative and non-figurative work, and at Kiaf this time, she presented a series of ‘Dragon’s Dream’, a non-figurative painting work. The ‘Dragon’s Dream’ series consists of pictures that make you feel mystical and strong energy.For some, these paintings remind us of how the life of an organism communicates with each other in various forms, as if it were a spring of water or the beginning of the creation of the universe. For others, they open their own imaginary dreams and enjoy the wonders of the cosmic Big Bang in the shape of flying and soaring somewhere. She has exhibited at various international art events and has won the California Governor Award in 2016 and the Obama Award in 2017. 


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