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First Korean art expo heads to Brunei


FROM LEFT: Sinar Tour Sdn Bhd General Manager Nick Shon, Brunei Art Forum President cum Rainforest Gallery Owner/Manager Dato Paduka Haji Shofry bin Haji Abdul Ghafor, and Creative Space Art Gallery & Studio Manager/Curator Osveanne Osman at the press conference. – IZAH AZAHARI


BY Izah Azahari

OVER 100 artists are expected to turn up for the 2018 Korean Modern Art Festival at The Empire Hotel & Country Club from January 15 – 18.

The festival sees the joint collaboration between the Korean Fine Arts Association and the Brunei Art Forum, Creative Space Brunei and the Korean Embassy in Brunei Darussalam. It will be facilitated by Sinar Tour Sdn Bhd.

Brunei Art Forum President cum Rainforest Gallery Owner/Manager Dato Paduka Haji Shofry bin Haji Abdul Ghafor on Tuesday highlighted this during a press conference at the Creative Space Art Gallery & Studio in Sengkurong.

Sinar Tour Sdn Bhd General Manager Nick Shon and Creative Space Art Gallery & Studio Manager/Curator Osveanne Osman were also present.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof is expected to officiate the launch of the festival, and will witness the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the president of the Brunei Art Forum and the Korea Fine Arts Association, towards collaboration in the cultural exchange.

Dato Paduka Haji Shofry explained that the MoU will symbolise a statement of intent in terms of greater interest in working together on cultural exchange (specifically in the fine arts), making it possible for Bruneian artists to exhibit their works in Korea, and to enhance people-to-people exchange.

Being the first Korean art exhibition in Brunei, the event will showcase the works of Korean artists such as Koo Jae-seung, Kim Bo-yeon and Jin-Kwan Hui, who represent Korean contemporary art.

“This is a rare opportunity for art lovers and collectors in the Sultanate to experience the extreme of Korean art. The exhibition will also bring mutual cultural cooperation relations between Brunei and South Korea,” Dato Paduka Haji Shofry said.

Some of the pieces will also be on sale, he said, adding that this is something the Brunei Art Forum has been working on – to widen the appreciation for art among the people of Brunei Darussalam.

“We are happy the Korean Fine Arts Association made the decision to come to Brunei… to hold this exhibition, and thank you to Sinar Tour Sdn Bhd for being the facilitator of this exhibition,” Dato Paduka Haji Shofry said.

Members of the public and schools are welcome to the art exhibition beginning Monday (after the opening ceremony) from 5pm to 9pm to Thursday from 9am to 9pm.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin


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