Yoon Beom-mo likely to be new director of MMCA


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Yoon Beom-mo, curator and professor at Gachon University, is expected to be appointed as the new director of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea.

Yoon reportedly told the local media that he had been contacted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and would be taking steps with the ministry starting Feb. 1.

Curator Yoon Beom-mo (Courtesy of the curator)

“An official announcement is likely to be made this afternoon. I am expecting good news,” Yoon told The Korea Herald on the phone, though he would not confirm the reports.

If the Culture Ministry makes the announcement as anticipated, the MMCA will finally have a new director. The post has been vacant since Dec. 13, when Bartomeu Mari was let go after a three-year term as director.

The central government started its recruitment process in October and received 13 applications. It eventually came down to a shortlist of three Korean curators: Yoon; Lee Yong-woo, former president of the Gwangju Biennale Foundation; and Kim Hong-hee, former director of the Seoul Museum of Art.

But the Culture Ministry has been the target of ongoing allegations from some in the local art scene who say the ministry’s recruitment process was unfair, favoring one applicant arbitrarily.

In December, the ministry was reported to have tried to eliminate one aspect of the evaluation process, for which its favored applicant could have received a failing mark. Suspicions were raised after the ministry’s move was discovered, and in response the ministry decided to proceed with the standard evaluation process Dec. 28.

Born in 1950, Yoon holds art degrees from Dongguk University and was head curator of a special exhibition at the Gwangju Biennale in 2014. In 2018, Yoon led the Changwon Sculpture Biennale.

By Shim Woo-hyun (ws@heraldcorp.com)

Source : koreaherald


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