The Seoul Museum of Art is a representative art museum of Seoul,
the capital of Korea and a central city of Asia.
SeMA aims to be a ‘Beautiful, Good, and Smart Museum’
while also jumping up to the level of the world-renowned art museum.
SeMA is working to become a world-class art museum by holding refined exhibitions
and promotes internationalization through the international media art biennale
and the residency program of SeMA Nanji Residency.
At the same time, SeMA is promoting interaction and communication with visitors by turning the whole area of Seoul into an art museum.
We are accomplishing this through the art communication project with an approximately 3,500 piece collection
including works from the masters in art history such as Hwan Gi Kim, Young Gook Yoo, Nam June Pai,
Woo Hwan Lee, Seo Bo Park, and Myoung Ro Yoon as well as contemporary artists.
Furthermore, SeMA is becoming the place for social education and the distributor of culture
and arts for many citizens through educational programs such as :
● The SeMA Academy for the Public - a program for students and persons with disabilities
● SeMA Outreach - a program that brings art to people
Seoul Museum of Art is located on the Doldam-gil of Deuksugung (palace).
It is the place for culture and arts as well as meaningful social education that reflects
cosmopolitan ideas, regional characteristics, professionalism, and popularity.
It is where one can fully enjoy the beauty of art while experiencing the heart of the city.
Finally, it is a museum that is working to represent not only Seoul but Asia.
SeMA is contributing to the development of Korean art circles through a variety of special exhibitions
with Korean artists and international exhibitions that show the trend of art outside the country and also
expanding the base of art culture through the "Communication through Art" projects.
The SeMA Blue for young Korean artists, SeMA Gold for middle-aged artists, and SeMA Green for elder artists
are celebrations of Korean artists representing each generation. The special overseas exhibitions and
international exchange exhibitions held with famous art museums of the world will help solidify SeMA’s international networking
and provide SeMA the footing to jump up to the level of the world-class art museum, the international media art biennale,
and the residency programs of SeMA Nanji Residency for young artists around the world
are also important international exchange programs that promote the internationalization of SeMA.
Also, the permanent exhibitions at the outdoor sculpture park, circulating exhibition in autonomous regions,
and special exhibitions in alienated regions through the "Communication through Art" project invite visitors
from outside the museum to turn the entire city into an art museum,
thereby becoming an art museum that communicates with citizens and shares life with them.
SeMA wishes to fulfill individual demand for learning and its role as a social and educational institute
through the educational programs that offer great courses to citizens of various social strata.
SeMA's educational programs such as the SeMA Academy for the Public
for citizens including students and persons with disabilities, SeMA Outreach which is a program that brings art to people,
and A Date at the Art Museum which is a weekend program designed to supplement the public education
following the full implementation of the 5-day school week system make SeMA the place
for social education and the distributor of culture and arts for many citizens.
SeMA has a collection of 4,000 pieces of art including painting, sculpture, installation, and media
as well as works from the masters in art history such as Hwan Gi Kim, Young Gook Yoo, Nam June Pai,
Woo Hwan Lee, Seo Bo Park, and Myoung Ro Yoon.
Comtemporary artists who are active around the world are also helping to form the identity of the museum.
SeMA establishes its collection policy through systematic diagnosis and analysis and purchases 200 or
more works based on the policy every year along with the donations of precious works from the artists,
the bereaved families of artists, and collectors. 200 or more popular art works donated by Gana Art
as well as the donated works of Gyeong Ja Cheon and Noh Soo Park secured the diversity of the collection and
are provided as excellent materials for various special exhibitions.
Seoul Museum of Art has made consistent progress to enhance the interest and support of citizens
and was selected as the art museum that citizens most like to visit for 5 consecutive years (2007~2011)
in the survey conducted by the exclusive art magazine, 『Art Price』.