The Korean wave keeps rolling.
Lehmann Maupin is moving its Seoul gallery to a 2,600 sq ft space in the Hannam-dong neighbourhood, close to the Leeum Museum of Art. The new space will open early next year with a solo show by American artist Lari Pittman.
The gallery—which has spaces in New York and London, and has had a Seoul outpost since 2017—is the latest to double down on the South Korean capital, where the art market is booming. At the latest Korean International Art Fair, which took place in October, a total of ₩65 billion (US$55 million) worth of art was sold over five days.
This year alone, Pace has moved to a larger space, Berlin-based Konig Galerie opened a new outpost in the city and Thaddaeus Ropac opened its first Asian gallery, also in the Hannam-dong district.
Frieze, the media and events company that operates art fairs in London, Los Angeles and New York, is launching its first Asian fair in Seoul in September 2022.
“Our connection with Korea runs deep," says Rachel Lehmann, co-founder of Lehmann Maupin. "We have the special privilege of working with such historically important Korean artists as Do Ho Suh, Lee Bul, and Suh Se Ok—relationships that date back to as early as 2000 and which have been crucial in defining the gallery’s DNA. We’re tremendously proud of the close community we’ve built of collectors, curators, artists, writers and, importantly, the Korean public, who have shown their support for our programme of boundary-pushing artists."