Frieze Seoul Expands to a Citywide Celebration of Art

Frieze Seoul - Photo by Cait Ellis
Frieze Seoul - Photo by Cait Ellis

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Frieze Seoul | Sep 6-9 | COEX in the Gangnam district of Seoul, South Korea | Tickets

Frieze Week is back in Seoul this week! Enjoy special events, activations, and partner projects throughout the city.

Frieze Seoul will be held at COEX from September 6-9, 2023. More than 120 leading galleries from Asia and beyond will exhibit their best works. The fair will be in Gangnam, Seoul, alongside Kiaf Seoul, South Korea’s leading art fair.

Frieze Highlighting Seoul’s Non-profits

Frieze and Arts Council Korea (ARKO) will collaborate to promote a series of events at 35 non-profit art spaces to support Seoul’s vibrant culture of artist-run and independent spaces and the city’s active grassroots art scene.

Twenty-one of the selected non-profits have previously received support from the ARKO Selection Visual Art program, and the remaining 14 were chosen after consultation with ARKO and Frieze Film curators Sungah Serena CHOO and KIM Sung Woo.

Gallery Nights During Frieze Week in Seoul

A highlight of Frieze Week in Seoul is late-night openings at three of Seoul’s most important gallery districts: Hannam, Cheongdam, and Samcheong. Each district has a unique personality and is worth exploring. Since the galleries are open late, go early to explore the neighborhood beforehand.

Frieze Seoul Map

Art Galleries & Spaces in Asia and Australia

10 Chancery Lane Gallery
A-LOUNGE
Amado Art Space
Anna Ning Fine Art
ARARIO GALLERY SEOUL
Art Sonje Center
Axel Vervoordt Gallery – Hong Kong
Ben Brown Fine Arts
Boan1942
Contemporary by Angela Li
CYLINDER
Dastan – The Basement and #2
de Sarthe Gallery
Edouard Malingue Gallery
Empty Gallery
Esther Schipper, Seoul
G Gallery 지갤러리
Gagosian
Galerie du Monde
Galerie Ora-Ora
GALLERY BATON
Gallery Exit
Gallery Hyundai
Gladstone Gallery Seoul
Hakgojae
Insa Art Center
Jhaveri Contemporary
Johyun Gallery
Kukje Gallery
季豐軒 Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery
LEE & BAE
Leeahn Gallery
Leeum Museum of Art
Lehmann Maupin
LGDR Hong Kong
MDC Massimo De Carlo
MOTHER Offline
Nature Morte
One and J Gallery
P21
Pace Gallery – Honk Kong
Pace Gallery – Seoul
Pearl Lam Galleries
PERROTIN DOSAN PARK
PERROTIN HONG KONG
PKM
Simon Lee gallery
SongEun Art and Cultural Foundation
Tabari Artspace
Tang Contemporary Art Hong Kong
Thaddaeus Ropac Seoul
The Third Line
Various Small Fires
Whistle
White Cube – Seoul
WOAW Gallery – Hong Kong
WOAW Gallery – Singapore
Wooson Gallery
Yavuz Gallery – Singapore
Yavuz Gallery – Sydney

Pan across to Asia and zoom in on Seoul to view where Frieze Seoul and Kiaf Seoul are in relation to the three gallery districts. The institutions and galleries below are also marked on the map for easier planning.

Tue, Sep 5 – Hannam Night

Gallery Baton, CYLINDER, Esther Schipper, Leeum Museum of Art, Lehmann Maupin, P21, Pace, Thaddaeus Ropac, Various Small Fires, and Whistle.

Wed, Sep 6 – Cheongdam Night

G Gallery, Gladstone, ONE AND J., Perrotin, SongEun Art and Cultural Foundation, and White Cube.

Thu, Sep 7 – Samcheong Night

A-Lounge, ARARIO GALLERY, Art Sonje Center, Hakgojae, Gallery Hyundai, Tina Kim Gallery, Kukje, Leeahn Gallery, and PKM.

Hong lee hyun-sook, in the neighborhood of seokgwangsa, 2021. Single channel, 15 minutes 30 seconds. Courtesy of the artist
HONG LEE Hyun-Sook, In the Neighborhood of Seokgwangsa, 2021. Single channel, 15 minutes 30 seconds. Courtesy of the artist

Frieze Film

Frieze Film is open to the public from August 22nd to September 9th. The theme, “It was the way of walking through narrative,” explores how video can be used as a method of excavation, an archaeological term used to uncover histories that have been erased or omitted from official records. The works in the festival take a nonlinear journey through time, blending the past, present, and future.

Curated by Sungah Serena CHOO and KIM Sung woo, the program showcases the work of 14 Korean artists. Their video works will be exhibited in four non-profit spaces in Seoul: Amado Art Space and MOTHER Offline in Hannam-dong, Boan1942 in Tongui-dong, and Insa Art Center in Samcheong-dong.

The artists featured are:

  • AN Jungju
  • BAEK Heaven Hyeonju
  • Omyo CHO
  • HAN Uri
  • HONG LEE Hyun-Sook
  • JUN Sojung
  • KIM Daum
  • KIM Hyojae
  • KWAK So Jin
  • LEE Eunhee
  • Moojin Brothers
  • NAM Hwayeon
  • PARK Sunmin
  • PYO Minhong
Moon kyungwon and jeon joonho. Image courtesy of moon kyungwon and jeon joonho
MOON Kyungwon and JEON Joonho. Image courtesy of MOON Kyungwon and JEON Joonho

Frieze Talks

Frieze Talks, a free public program, will be held at Studio 159 in COEX from September 7-9 in collaboration with Kiaf SEOUL and Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS). The program will reflect on some of the most pressing and discussed issues in the international art world, including K-Art, the Asian art fairs ecosystem, Korean experimental art, AI in art, new media art, and the environment.

The talks will feature leading industry figures and artists, including Doryun Chong (Deputy Director, M+), Kim Heecheon (artist), Eva Jäger (Curator, Arts Technology, Serpentine), JEON Joonho and MOON Kyungwon (artists), Yung Ma (Curator, Hayward Gallery), Seng Yu Jin (Senior Curator and Deputy Director, National Gallery Singapore), and more.

Glad gangnam coex center near frieze seoul
Glad Gangnam COEX Center near Frieze Seoul

Where to Stay in Seoul for Frieze

Staying at a hotel within walking distance of the fair is convenient to avoid traffic and to be able to take a break during the day. It also allows you to explore the area around the fair and experience all that Seoul has to offer. Two hotels across the street from COEX that are modern and have decent amenities are the four-star Hotel Uri& and the art-forward three-star Glad Gangnam COEX Center.

Hotel Uri& is an excellent option for a comfortable and stylish stay. The hotel has a sauna to help rejuvenate after a full day of walking. Glad Gangnam COEX Center is a great option for a more affordable stay. The hotel has a trendy and artsy vibe.

Both hotels are great for those seeking a convenient and comfortable stay in Seoul.

Hotel Uri& | 20 Samseong-ro 96-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea | Trivago | Booking.com

Glad Gangnam COEX Center | 610 Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea | Trivago | Booking.com

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