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Culture ministry to fund Smithsonian's Korea-related projects for 5 yrs

All News 09:39 January 04, 2018

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (Yonhap) -- The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will support the Smithsonian's museums of Asian art with US$1 million for five years, the Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. said Wednesday.

The announcement came after the center, on behalf of the ministry, agreed on Dec. 15 to support the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

Under the agreement, the Freer|Sackler will, among other things, hold a special exhibition with Korean national treasures, hire a full-time staff for their Korean collections, annually open a Korean movie festival and organize Korea-related academic programs and seminars.

"I hope the ministry's support will help maintain and grow the two galleries' Korea-related projects," said the center's director Park Myeong-sun.

The agreement is expected to help the museum share with visitors Korean cultural assets, improve its academic understanding of Korean art and continue introducing Korea's rich art and culture, said Keith Wilson, curator of Ancient Chinese Art.

Park Myeong-sun (L), director of the Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C., shakes hands with Julian Raby, director of Freer|Sackler at the museum in Washington on Jan. 3, 2018. (Yonhap)


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