* Date : 2018-08-10
A national museum is a guide to the country's history, culture and art. In 2015, the National Museum of Modern Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Korea appointed its first non-Korean director. Bartomeu Mari began his term by proclaiming his vision for promoting Korean art to a global audience and for making MMCA a world-class art institution. To that end, he has reshuffled the museum's staff organization and revised the number of exhibitions curated by the museum. Exhibitions at MMCA's Gwacheon, Deoksugung and Seoul sites have been well-received; so much so that the visitor figure for the first half of 2018 was the highest in the history of the museum at 1.06 million. MMCA will also open another site in Cheongju by the end of this year. As MMCA continues to reinvent itself in the third year of Maris leadership, how close has he come to realizing his initional vision? INNERview meets Bartomeu Mari to discuss the future of Korean art.