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Hong Ra-hee, Director General of Seoul’s Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Resigns

Hong Ra-hee, the director general of Seoul’s Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, has resigned from her post, writes H. G. Masters of ArtAsiaPacific. She will also step down from her directorship of the Ho-Am Art Museum, a private institution that houses Samsung founder Lee Byung-chul’s art collection. Hong is the mother of the Samsung Group’s acting leader, Lee Jae-yong, who was charged with embezzlement and bribery last week during the expanding corruption investigation regarding the impeachment of Park Geun-Hye, South Korea’s president.

This is the second instance of Hong leaving a directorial position at the museum while Samsung was engulfed in scandal. In 2008, she and her husband were charged with tax evasion, and it came to light that the couple had kept a $60 million slush fund that allowed them to purchase more than thirty costly artworks, including Roy Lichtenstein’s painting Happy Tears, 1964. After the scandal died down, Hong returned to Leeum in 2011.

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