Lithuania reinforces its cultural ties with South Korea


2021 06 07


Lithuania is strengthening and intensifying its cooperation with South Korea in the areas of culture and art, education, science, youth exchanges, and sport. Today, Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys and Her Excellency Mira Sun, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of Lithuania, signed an intergovernmental agreement confirming such cooperation.

The agreement provides that bilateral relations in the areas of culture and art will include exchanges of publications about art and culture and of museum and art exhibitions, and cooperation in the areas of music, theatre, opera and dance, cultural heritage, museology, library science, cinematography and other creative industries. It is also intended to encourage cooperation and exchanges of programmes between the two countries' radio and television broadcasters.

“I am pleased to see that due to the ever-increasing contacts between the cultural professionals of our two countries, new joint international projects with South Korea are coming to fruition. After all, culture is the foundation of international cooperation. I expect that in the future, relations between the artists of Lithuania and South Korea will become even closer, and together they will create even more joint works. Lithuania shares with South Korea a focus on intangible cultural heritage and traditional culture, and South Korea can be an example to us of how to strengthen the creative industries,” says Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys.

The Ministry of Culture has established a position for a cultural attaché in China and South Korea, and at this time the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania is being established in Seoul. It is expected that this will ease the work of the cultural attaché in cultivating direct connections between Lithuanian and South Korean cultural organisations.

This year, Lithuania and South Korea are marking the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. To mark the occasion, a large international exhibition of Fluxus art, Humor Has It, featuring the Fluxus art (anti-art) movement, has opened at the Nam June Paik Art Center in Seoul. In it, more than 200 works by some of the best-known Fluxus artists, assembled from various collections, are on display. Among them are 78 works from the Fluxus collection of the Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center. In a cooperative effort by the Lithuanian National Museum of Art, the Museum of Photography (Seoul), and the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in China, it is planned to present an exhibition of selected Lithuanian photographs, Uncoverings, and to publish in the Korean language Contemporary Lithuanian Theatre. Names and Performances, authored by Ramunė Marcinkevičiūtė and Ramunė Balevičiūtė. This year, Lithuanian artists will participate in programmes at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul and at the Gwangju Biennale, and at the Geoje International Art Festival. In October, it is planned to hold South Korea Week in Vilnius. Next year, more events are planned, to mark the centenary of the birth of Jonas Mekas.

Since 2014, the King Sejong Institute has been operating in Vilnius, established jointly by Mykolas Romeris University and Dongseo University, providing a foundation for the teaching and learning of Korean and for studying South Korea's traditions, philosophy and history.

Photograph courtesy of Liudas Masys