National Gallery

National Gallery announces second leg of Asia Tour

The National Gallery has announced a second partner for its Asia Tour of its exhibition of 52 paintings which include artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet.

The ‘Masterpieces from the National Gallery’ collection will move to Seoul, with the exhibition opening at the National Museum of Korea from 2 June to 9 October 2023.

This is the National Gallery’s maiden visit to Korea and marks the 140 year anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the UK and Republic of Korea.

Yoon Sung Yong, Director of the National Museum of Korea, said: “It is a pleasure for the National Museum of Korea to organise this special exhibition with the National Gallery, in celebration of the 140th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Korea and the United Kingdom.

“The Museum has played a central role in diffusing the Korean culture and history to a wider public while creating collaborative ties with other global institutions.

“This exhibition will be an important opportunity to explore the passages in European art history through the paintings from the National Gallery. I sincerely hope that this exhibition helps to further strengthen the links that unite the two countries.”

‘Masterpieces from the National Gallery’ is a selected representation of the Gallery’s history which offers the audience a concise history of Western art as told by the gallery’s collection.

The exhibition is already drawing record audiences in Shanghai, which is the gallery’s first visit to China and lasts until 7 May.

It includes key loans such as Van Gogh, Long Grass with Butterfilies (1890) Claude Monet, Irises (about 1914-1917) and Canaletto, Venice: Entrance to the Cannaregio (around 1734-42).

A further venue will be announced in due course.

Featured image credit: Diego Delso via Wikimedia Commons under the license CC BY-SA 4.0

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