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Collecting South Korean Graphic Design


I am collaborating with Rosalie Kim, V&A Samsung Curator of Korean Art, on a collecting initiative focusing on graphic design from South Korea. In October 2017 we undertook our first research trip, meeting with around 20 graphic designers based in and around Seoul, and visiting events like Typojanchi, the Gwangju Design Biennale, and the Cheongju Craft Biennale (for which I was an international advisor). This is an ongoing project.

Image captions (starting from the top, then from left to right): 1) Tiles by renowned typography designer Ahn Sang-soo on the outer facade of Paju Typography Institute (PaTI). 2) Ahn Sang-soo in his studio. 3) Ahn Sang-soo’s archive. The designer has kept his old sketchbooks and plans to eventually donate these to the Seoul Museum of Art. 4) Touring PaTI, starting with the school’s basement.