Simonas Kairys: “In the relations between Lithuania and South Korea, culture plays a significant role”

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2021 07 29

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The Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys met with the parliamentarians of South Korea today. During the meeting, the perspectives of cultural cooperation were discussed as well as the special occasion which links the two countries: this year marks the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Lithuania and South Korea.

“In the diplomatic relations between Lithuania and South Korea, cultural connections play a truly significant role. These relations have been strengthened even more by the agreement signed in June between the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and the Government of the Republic of Korea on cooperation in the fields of culture, art, education, science, youth affairs, and sports. Moreover, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania is currently being established in Seoul. All of this is a good foundation for further development of strong future relations,” the Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys noted.

Marking the anniversary of diplomatic relations between Lithuania and South Korea, many cultural initiatives will be organised in both countries. An exhibition on Fluxus art dedicated to the 90th birth anniversary of George Maciunas, Humor Has It, is currently open at the Nam June Paik Art Centre in Seoul. On the 14th of August, the Lithuanian National Museum of Art, in cooperation with the Museum of Photography in Seoul and the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in China, will present an exhibition of a selection of Lithuanian photography, Uncoverings, at the Museum of Photography in Seoul. The exhibition will showcase almost 100 of the most significant works by Lithuanian photographers from 1960 to present day. This is the first presentation of Lithuanian photography of such a scope in Asian countries.

From the 1st of September, during the Geoje International Art Festival, an exhibition will be open for three months at the Haegeumgang Theme Museum in which four Lithuanian artists will participate: painters Daiva Kupstienė, Zita Jusevičiūtė-Tarasevičienė and Sigitas Petrauskas and photography artist Gabrielė Kuizinaitė.

Partnerships between South Korea and the art and culture sector of Lithuania are also encouraged by the Foreign Experts’ Visits Programme implemented by the Lithuanian Culture Institute. Under this programme, an expert from a South Korean children’s theatre, Sookhee Kim, and a group of visual arts curators were invited to Lithuania, and an exchange of theatre experts was organised in both countries.

During the meeting with the Minister of Culture, guests from South Korea expressed delight about the recognition of Kaunas, which will become the European Capital of Culture next year and hoped that this programme will help intensify cultural relations between both countries. The Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys also mentioned another coming event, the 700th anniversary of Vilnius in 2023, and claimed that this anniversary will also make it possible to strengthen cultural links even more.

 

Photo by Liudas Masys