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A new oasis of culture and art in Hannam-dong

In 1996, Daelim Cultural Foundation opened Daelim Museum, Korea's first specialist photography museum and the successor of Hallim Museum. Since then,
Daelim Museum has introduced a variety of creative concepts and forms in contemporary photography and design, now established as an art form within our
everyday lives. Its innovative exhibitions, accompanied by a range of cultural and educational programs, have built a rapport with numerous viewers.
In 2016, to mark the 20th anniversary of Daelim Museum, the foundation opened D Museum on Dokseodang-ro Street in Seoul's Hannam-dong neighborhood.
The new museum, a larger venue, strives to bring still more people into contact with the kinds of content exhibited until now at Daelim Museum,
providing high-quality cultural and artistic experiences.

  • Building lasting networks with local and overseas artists, promoting the international exchange and setting new standards in contemporary art and design
  • Supporting experimental and creative activities of young artists in a variety of genres
  • Communicating actively with the general public
  • Playing a leading role in the promotion of public education through diverse educational programs
  • Developing close ties and co-creating culture with local community via a variety of community projects

HISTORY

  • 1993 Hanlim Gallery opened in Daejeon
  • 1996 Established Daelim Cultural Foundation
  • 1997 Hanlim Museum, Korea’s first photography museum, opened in Daejeon
  • 2002 Museum relocated to Seoul and renamed Daelim Contemporary Art Museum
  • 2003 Museum president Woojung Han received the "Chevalier" medal from the French government for contributions to arts and culture
  • 2012 Newly renamed Daelim Museum
    D Lounge, a venue for events and educational programs, opened
    D Project Space, a new exhibition space introducing the works of young creators, opened in Hannam-dong
  • 2015 D Museum opened in Hannam-dong
  • 2016 20th Anniversary of Daelim Cultural Foundation

A distinctive space of new change and culture

D Museum stands on Dokseodang-ro in Hannam-dong. This street is named after the Dokseodang, an institution created in the Joseon period (1392-1910)
for promising young scholars to take a holiday while immersing themselves in reading. By the late-20th century, the neighborhood was a hub of university life;
today, it has become a place of ongoing multicultural exchange and creative experimentation, prompted by the emergence of new residential spaces. Located at
the center of these transformations, D Museum aims to bring new culture to the street through a synergistic relationship with the Hannam-dong area.

D Museum offers 2,431㎡ of exhibition space, divided over two floors. Its column-less interiors, with ceiling heights of between 4 and 8 meters, can be completely
transformed into various new structures, a design that allows unlimited and ongoing metamorphoses. In addition to its exhibition spaces, D Museum boasts a range of
facilities including a museum shop, offering items produced through collaborations with leading Korean and international artists; D Café, a beautiful venue designed
in collaboration with Scandinavian lifestyle brands; a 200-seat multipurpose hall; fourth-floor studios; and underground parking. As such, the museum is capable of
hosting a wide variety of events including performances, lectures and fashion shows. Designed to maximize viewer convenience and enjoyment, D Museum embodies
a new paradigm for multipurpose cultural spaces. D Museum is located in the Replace Building, along with other venues such as lifestyle stores, restaurants and cafés,
offering visitors a rich variety of additional experiences.

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