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Daelim Museum leads a ‘Lifestyle’ with art

Located in the residential neighbourhood of Tongui-dong, near historic Gyeongbokgung Palace, Daelim Museum began its life as Korea’s first photography
museum. Today, it holds exhibitions that embrace not only photography but also design and a range of other fields, while continuing to expand its own
boundaries. Our vision is to function as a museum where the everyday becomes art. As such, we strive to create exhibitions that suggest new types of
lifestyle, allowing the general public to enjoy art within everyday life by casting new light on the value of the objects that surround us.

  • 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.

DAELIM MUSEUM 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’ will open in Hannam-dong

A new architectural Aesthetic,
blending the traditional and the contemporary

The building that houses Daelim Museum was originally a family house, built in 1967. It was renovated by French architect Vincen Cornu in 2002. While
considering ways to make the best use of elements of the original structure of the building and its surrounding environment, he transformed the
museum into an efficient exhibition venue and an open space for the public.

  • Our museum building offers a series of novel spatial experiences, striking a blend between the whole and the partial, the manmade and the artificial and the
    traditional and the modern. The museum’s façade attracts visitors with its stained glass, modelled after Korean traditional textile patterns (bojagi). The resting points
    of the second and third floor facing the building’s garden can be used
    to have a break during the exhibition viewing.
  • The first floor consists of a reception, storage, and a seminar room, as well as a parking lot. The second and third floors consist of 600㎡ exhibition space, including rooms of various sizes, a long gallery, a high-ceilinged room, and an office. The balcony that runs along the fourth-floor exhibition space offers beautiful views of the Mt. Inwangsan and Mt. Bukhansan.
Vincen Cornu, Architect 1954. Born in Poitiers, France. Studied at IUS in New York after receiving bachelor's degree in architecture in France. 1981-1985. Oversaw design of Picasso National Museum in Paris while working in office of Roland Simounet. 1992. Began teaching at Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris La Villette while working on designs for art museums, apartment complexes, urban projects and other works.
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