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SOMA Drawing Center is the first of its kind in Korea.
It was established to highlight the importance of drawing as the basis, and the departure point,
of all art creation, and enhance and expand the concept and realm of drawing.
The center defines drawing as :
- Creative work, focusing on the process of drawing rather than result, imagination rather than the concept,
experimentation rather than completion.
- Interdisciplinary, or genre-hopping concept
- Production that includes incomplete ideas and completed works that suggest physical and spiritual action.
As drawing puts importance on the process of embodying experimental ideas, it can help improve the current situation of art, give early consideration to any result or performance, and realize the fact Oriental thought is highly significant. Drawing is also meaningful in that drawing research and education does not have to be confined to art, and its domain can be expanded as a basis of all human action, within contemporary society, as it gives primary consideration to creative conception and seminal expression.
With the exhibition Drawn to Drawing Ⅰ&Ⅱ in November 2006, SOMA Drawing Center opened its doors. Since then it has shed light on the history and varied aspects of drawing, presenting drawings by eminent artists at home and abroad and also rising young artists.
The center has plans for drawing shows as ways to explore the future. It annually accepts application from innovative, capable artists, who can be supported. This will allow them to show their diverse talents and experimental spirit.
Portfolios by chosen artists are also filed in the center’s archive, and can be reviewed through its home page.
In the archive are portfolios, material lists of artists invited by the SOMA (Seoul Olympic Museum of Art), art-related books, magazines, collections of artworks, and exhibition catalogs.
A drawing class is also run by the SOMA Academy, whose lecturers are the best in Korea. Its expert program also focuses on training practical drawing techniques, and the study of theory and criticism.