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Ground-Breaking Ceremony of Park Seo-Bo Art Museum in Jeju (Tentative) 2023.03.14.

17 Mar 2023

Designed by Fernando Menis, Park Seo-Bo Art Museum in Jeju (tentative) will be located in beautiful Seogwipo City in southern Jeju, overlooking Beomseom Island across the sea. Around one-hour drive from Jeju International Airport, it will be connected to the famous ocean trail, Olle 7-gil, known for its length of 422km. Embodying the view of Jeju, the museum will be consisted of a ground floor and 2 basement floors. Unlike most exhibition spaces with white walls, architect Menis chose the sunken structure for the museum, allowing for the natural sunlight to reach the lowest level. This is in accordance with Park Seo-Bo’s artistic philosophy which emphasizes the individual’s connection with nature. The walls will be finished with the Picado technique developed by Fernando Menis in an aim to moderate the coldness of concrete material and lend a peaceful air to the overall space. The building materials will be selected from Jeju’s environment, bringing the museum closer in co-existence with nature.

Park Seo-Bo (1931~)

Born in Yecheon, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Park Seo-Bo is a celebrated master of Korean modern and contemporary art. Father of Korean Abstract Art known as Dansaekhwa, the artist also lived as an educator and administrator serving the art world. After graduating from College of Fine Arts, Hongik University, he worked as professor and dean of the college and held post as chairman of Korean Fine Arts Association.

Starting with the First Prize of the Jeunes Peintres du Monde à Paris held by UN-affiliated National Committee of I.A.A. in 1961, the artist received numerous awards throughout his life. The selected list of awards include: Awards in the Visual Arts 10 marking the commemoration of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s 40th Anniversary in 2015, Asia Arts Game Changer Awards from Hong Kong Asia Society in affiliation with U. S. Rockefeller Foundation in 2018, and the Gold Certificate of Merit from Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism.

For Park Seo-Bo, a painting is not a medium to convey images but is a method of self-exercise to empty oneself in the process of drawing and erasing lines. His recent color Ecritures inspired by nature are known to be arts of healing which absorb the anxieties of its viewers. A monumental retrospective was held at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Seoul in 2014 with the title Park Seo-Bo: The Untiring Endeavorer, and the artist held numerous international solo shows in Paris Perrotin(2014) and White Cube Bermondsay (London, 2016), Langen Foundation (Germany, 2019), Château La Coste Art Centre (France, 2021), and more. His works are included in the collections of National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) and Leeum Museum of Art in Korea and in other prominent international art institutions such as Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo), Ohara Museum (Kurashiki, Japan), Benesse House Museum (Naoshima, Japan), K20 (Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen) in Germany, Centre Pompidou, New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), LACMA, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington D.C.), and M+ Museum in Hong Kong.

Fernando Menis (1951~)

Fernando Menis (Fernando Martín Menis) was born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the largest island from Canary Islands, Spain. Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a beautiful island known as ‘Hawaii of Europe’ and shares similar natural environment with Jeju Island, which was also created from volcanic eruption of Hallasan. Graduated from Barcelona Institute of Architecture, the architect is versed in acoustics and creates architectures keenly considerate of the various ways people experience senses generated by their structures.

Notably, the architect gained international acclaim with the design of the groundbreaking variable acoustics system for CKK Jordanki Concert Hall in Poland, 2015. His projects include Church of the Most Holy Redeemer in Las Chumberas (Spain, 2022), Public garden around the El Tanque Cultural Space (Spain, 2022), CKK Jordanki Concert & Convention Hall (Poland, 2015), Bürchen Public Space (Switzerland, 2015), Insular Athletics Stadium (Spain, 2007), Magma Art & Congress (Spain, 2007), Swimming Pool in Spree River (Germany, 2004), and Presidency of the Government of the Canary Islands (Spain, 2000).

Menis's works were displayed in Venice Biennale, MoMA, New York, Aedes Architecture Forum, Berlin, and GA Gallery, Tokyo. His project, CKK Jordanki Concert Hall, is included in the permanent collection of MoMA, New York.

Project title
Park Seo-Bo Art Museum in Jeju (tentative)
130, Taepyeong-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, Republic of Korea
Building specifications
1st Floor (ground level) / B 2F (sub-level)
Land area
12,137.26 m2
Building-to-land ratio
2,407.31.m2 (Exhibition Space: 156.60 m2)
Floor area ratio
56.62% (Exhibition Space: 1.20%)
Gross floor area (GFA)
11,571.36m2 (Exhibition Space: 900.24 m2)