Turin, Museum of Oriental Art signs agreement with Gwangju Museum of Art

In Turin this morning, the Museum of Oriental Art signed a cooperation agreement with the Gwangju Museum of Art, a major Korean museum. A new section of Korean art is planned at MAO and also a collaboration between the Venice Biennale and the Gwangju Biennale.

In Turin this morning, a delegation led by the mayor of the city of Gwangju (South Korea) went to the city’s Museum of Oriental Art for the signing of a cooperation agreement between the MAO of Turin, which is afferent to the Fondazione Torino Musei, and the Gwangju Museum of Art.

The memorandum, which aims to strengthen exchange and cooperation between the two institutions, includes, among many future initiatives, the opening of a new section dedicated to Korean art within the MAO (thanks to some loans from the collections of the Gwangju Museum of Art), a collaboration between the Gwangju Biennale and the Venice Biennale, the creation of a number of exhibition projects dedicated to Italian art in the spaces of the Gwangju Museum of Art, and finally an exhibition at the MAO in collaboration with the Gwangju Biennale and the Department of Cultural Policies of the City of Gwangju.

Study projects of works from the permanent collections and exchange projects involving scholars, artists and curators will also be activated between the two institutions. The signing of the agreement is part of the broader and more structured pact of cooperation between the cities of Turin and Gwangju, signed today by their respective mayors on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Italy (1884-2024).

“The Gwangju Museum of Art plays a role of great political and social importance, as well as cultural,” says Davide Quadrio, director of MAO. “Collaborating with an institution of this type implies for our museum the possibility of entering within a solid and recognized international newtwork, as well as an important opportunity for mutual acquaintance through tangible exchanges, such as the creation of a section of Korean art within the MAO, unique at the national level.”

“I express great satisfaction with this agreement, which represents an important example of the overall internationalization process that our Foundation has planned and is implementing for its museums,” says Massimo Broccio, president of Fondazione Torino Musei. “The collaboration agreement with the Gwangju Museum of Art, one of Korea’s leading cultural institutions, provides for multiple modes of relationship and dialogue that will allow for an important mutual enrichment.”

Image: the MAO of Turin.

Turin, Museum of Oriental Art signs agreement with Gwangju Museum of Art
Turin, Museum of Oriental Art signs agreement with Gwangju Museum of Art

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