Featuring more than 120 galleries from 30 countries worldwide, Frieze Seoul (September 6-9, 2023) returns to the dynamic Convention and Exhibition Center (COEX) in the city’s acclaimed Gangnam district for its second edition, which will be Frieze Seoul’s first fair in the post-pandemic world. Taking place alongside Kiaf SEOUL (September 6-9, 2023), which is operated by the Galleries Association of Korea, the two fairs are working together to celebrate the city’s flourishing creative community.
“The growing international gallery presence in the city demonstrates Seoul’s status as a global arts destination. ,” Frieze Seoul Director Patrick Lee told Art & Object. "We know that many galleries who had been considering opening a space in the city — or had recently done so — were very keen to participate in the fair as a way to broaden their network with Korean audiences. As such, we are proud to play a part in the city’s cultural calendar, bringing together leading galleries from Korea, Asia, and beyond.”
Marking its initial year as the Official Headline Partner of Frieze Seoul, Korean electronics giant LG OLED is presenting BOREALIS, a nightly celestial light installation (through September 10) by Swiss artist Dan Acher, which seeks to replicate the experience of the Northern Lights in the urban skies above Seoul’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza. Within the actual fair at COEX, the special exhibition “We Meet Again in Seoul” by Whanki x LG OLED, offers 12 paintings by Korean artist Kim Whanki—a pioneer of Korean abstraction who later lived in Paris and New York, where he became an influential modernist painter—on loan from the Whanki Foundation, which maintains an eponymous museum in Seoul.