National modern art museum to open Seoul branch next month

SEOUL, Oct. 23 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's modern art museum will open its new Seoul branch next month after more than two years of construction, the museum said Wednesday.

The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) currently has two branches in Gwacheon, just south of Seoul, and Deoksu Palace in downtown Seoul, and is constructing another one in Cheongju, about 137 kilometers south of Seoul. The opening of the new museum is due on Nov. 13.

Built into a three-story building on about 30,000 square meters of land near the Gwanghwamun office area, the Seoul Gallery boasts far better accessibility for Seoul citizens than the main branch in Gwacheon and is far bigger than the Deoksu gallery.

It has eight exhibition rooms, a movie theater, a seminar room, a digital library, a cafeteria, a food court and a digital book cafe. The museum is also equipped with six open spaces between several buildings which will be used for resting and outdoor exhibitions.

The museum says it will mark the opening of the new gallery with various special exhibitions, including an exhibition of paintings, sculptures, photos and media art pieces by about 50 Korean contemporary artists.

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