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Part of late Lee Kun-hee's art collection returned to artists' hometown museums Updated: 2021-05-17 07:27:38 KST

Nestled in the countryside in the small county of Yanggu, Gangwon-do Province and surrounded by birch trees is the Park Soo-keun Museum.
It was established in 2002 to honor the modern Korean artist in his hometown.
When Hong Ra-hee - the widow of the late Samsung Group Chairman Lee Kun-hee visited the museum not long after its establishment, she made the suggestion of creating a birch tree forest and donated trees to help.
Ties between the museum and the Lee family have lasted until this day,… enabling them to make donations of Park Soo-keun's artwork.

"The museum received a total of 18 of the artist's paintings - four oil paintings and 14 drawings. Park's paintings are simple and modest, yet they portray the everyday lives of regular people in a heartwarming way."

Park is known for displaying empathy toward people's sorrows during the Korean War through his work,… and also for his unique technique of imparting physical textures onto the painting itself.
One of the four donated oil paintings is "A Girl Who Carries the Baby."

"The one showing a girl looking ahead is a very rare piece. Though things would have been difficult for her during that period, she has a warm smile on her face. This is typical of how Park liked to portray people."

Experts say donating priceless art is good for the local economy and the reputation of the museums.

"When you take a look at other museums abroad, they have a donation culture and exhibition halls honoring the donors. We are planning to make one too in a few years. I hope we see more of this in Korea."

But this is not the only regional museum to receive artwork donations of hometown artist's.
Daegu Art Museum will show to the public in June 21 donated pieces, including works by modern artist Lee Insung.
The Lee Jungseop Art Museum on Jeju Island received 12 pieces, and is planning an exhibition for September.
That's also when the Jeonnam Museum of Art is preparing to showcase 21 pieces of work by artists such as Chun Kyung-ja and Kim Whanki.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang news, Yanggu.
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