Deeper understanding of the art practice and cultural relationship between Korea and India



Kolkata: Arts and cultural exchange play an important role to bridging cultural differences between countries. Culture often makes the best ambassador, something that can easily be seen from the increasingly close relationship between the two neighbors brought about by an increasing number of cultural exchanges and closer communication in recent years.  The Department of Painting, Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharti initiated an exchange programme on the basis of an exhibition with Daegu Fine Arts Association, South Korea in 2014-15. The whole intention behind this exhibition was to generate a new dialogue between art practice of Daegu in particular and Kala Bhavana, Shantiniketan.

Professor Dilip Kumar Mitra , Principal,.Kala-Bhavana, Visva-Bharati  hopes“ I sincerely believe that this Exchange will surely lead and enlighten every artists and create possibility for deeper understanding of the art practice and cultural relationship between Korea and India.”Park, Byung- Ko, President of Daegu Fine Arts Association while sharing his thought about the exchange exhibition said, “The exchange of art between two nations will adorn part of the history. This event was a great chance to introduce the Indian fine arts to Korea which is unfamiliar to many Koreans and make the Korean arts spread in India as well.” He added, “Since modern era (mainly 20th century) Korean artists have lots of chance to learn western trends of art. In 1960s, mulpa influenced Korean art landscape, which is similar to minimalism at the same time more eastern philosophical. Lee u fan is one of best artists. From 1970s, there has been occurred so many roads of art. For example, installation works performance, photo realism, and reflection images and so on. Nowadays, in short, it is very difficult to descript clearly Korea contemporary art like other countries.”

Rajorshi Biswas, HOD, Dept of Painting, Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharti, felt that “This exhibition will generate a positive bonding between the two institutes and between the two countries on the basis of ongoing cultural exchanges. “




There are 2,200 artists members of Daegu Fine Arts Association (DFAA). They do give support to young ARTISTS (residency program, space for work, seminar, workshop, and money etc.) They conduct international exchange programs for mutual development (China, Germany, Japan, Hungary and India). It is to be noted Daegu city government sponsors and supports many programs through which Daegu has becomes one of the best art cities in Korea. Dharitri Boro, Assistant Professor. Dept. of Painting, Kala Bhavana, Visva-Bharati highlighted how the exhibition will help Indian audiences have more understanding about Korean art.  She feels Cultural exchanges promote good relations, and good relations promote further communication of culture between the two nations.


Art has become really important to develop the relationship between both the countries because culture is the first medium that one connects with. We hope that this painting exhibition will lay a solid foundation for artistic exchange between India  and Korea, promote more cultural exchange and cooperation among artists of the two countries, and deepen mutual understanding and friendship between the citizens of the two countries .


-Abhijit Ganguly


Pic courtesy : Amlan Biswas