Leeum: The communion of East and West, past and present
Since the establishment of the Samsung Foundation of Culture in 1965, the Samsung Museum of Art has passionately collected and organized exhibitions of exceptional artworks, encompassing both traditional masterpieces and contemporary works. In 2004, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, opened its doors in its magnificent new facility in Hanam-dong, Seoul. Leeum has phenomenally expanded the depth and range of its collection, enhancing its vast trove of Korean cultural treasures with numerous representative works from the most celebrated contemporary artists from around the globe. As such, Leeum is now internationally recognized as one of the preeminent cultural institutions in the entire world.
Leeum is a multifaceted cultural complex, consisting of three conjoined structures:Museum 1, for Korean traditional art;Museum 2,for contemporary art; and Samsung Child Education and Culture Center, for educating youth and cultivating the future of world culture.
The three buildings of Leeum were respectively created by three of the most renowned architects of our time—Mario Botta, Jean Nouvel, and Rem Koolhaas—with each structure being specially designed in accordance with its intended function. Although the resulting structures are completely unique, they cohere with a striking harmony and singularity that has been universally praised.
Leeum: Connecting with people, nurturing art, enriching life
As a museum, Leeum’s most urgent tasks are to keep in step with current times, to lead the preservation and production of culture, and to communicate with the public. To these ends, Leeum continuously explores timely themes and major artists through exhibitions, academic events, and other programs for the public, directly incorporating the most advanced research in diverse areas, including exhibition, education, and art preservation.
Leeum will continue actively striving to protect and share the invaluable cultural heritage of the past, to expand the cultural horizons of the present, and to shape the culture of the future.