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Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, 2018. Photo: Gallery Hyundai.
Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, 2018. Photo: Gallery Hyundai.

Gallery Hyundai Appoints Patrick Lee Executive Director

Gallery Hyundai—the Seoul gallery that was founded by Park MyungJa in 1970 and is currently led by her son, Do HyungTeh—has named Patrick Lee executive director. In the newly created position, Lee will work closely alongside Do to cultivate relationships with artists, collectors, curators, and partner institutions, and will help grow the gallery’s business. Lee will be based in Seoul.

Previously, Lee was a partner and director of Seoul’s ONE AND J. Gallery, which he joined in 2006. He also recently served on the committee of Art Basel Hong Kong as a sector expert for its Discoveries and Insights platforms, which are dedicated to contemporary and up-and-coming artists and works from Asia and the Asia Pacific region, respectively. 

Known for its support of pioneering Korean and international artists through exhibitions and other programming, Gallery Hyundai will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary next year. The arts space also announced last month that it was expanding to New York with its new showroom, open by appointment only. The gallery also participated in Frieze New York, where it presented works by Kwak Duck-Jun, Minjung Kim, and Shin Sung Hy, among others.

Do told Artnews that its New York space will serve as a gathering place for artists, curators, critics, and dealers, and will “help New York recognize more deeply the importance of contemporary Korean art.”