UNESCO receives an artistic donation from the Republic of Korea

UNESCO receives an artistic donation from the Republic of Korea
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On 6 March 2008, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, received Mr Cho Il-hwan Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Korea to UNESCO, who presented the Organization with a work of art from South Korean artist Ik-Joong Kang.

The piece consists of a large panel composed of colourful small blocks of Hangul script, a script invented in the 15th century by King Sejong that is still shared by both North and South Korea. The artist attributes the symbolism of using Hangul script as an expression of hope for one Korea in the future. Mr Kang is one of South Korea’s leading contemporary artists. His works are displayed in all major museums in the United States, including the United Nations building in New York.

The Director-General expressed his appreciation for the gift, “a deeply symbolic and important piece of Korean contemporary art”, he said, as he thanked the Republic of Korea for this donation. It is entitled “Power of Youth” and has been installed at the entry level of the corridor that gives access to UNESCO’s Executive-Board room.

Over its 60 years of existence, UNESCO has collected a very large number of important works of art from all corners of the world. Works from artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Alberto Giacometti have been donated to the Organization and are exposed throughout its Headquarters building.

  • Author(s):Office of the Spokeswoman
  • Source:Flash Info N° 031-2008
  • 07-03-2008
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