H.E Lebanon Ambassador to South Korea Antoine Azzam speaks about the ecological value in an event in Seoul. The Lebanon Embassy in South Korea will support an exhibition to mark the 40th diplomatic ties between Lebanon and South Korea. Photo courtesy of the Embassy of Lebanon in Seoul

Lebanon Embassy in Seoul celebrates anniversary with an exhibition

The Embassy of Lebanon in Seoul said on Aug. 11 that it will support an exhibition as part of its cultural diplomacy aimed at marking the 40th anniversary of ties between Lebanon and South Korea.

The event, dubbed “Image Sculpture – Jang Jun-seok,” will take place at the Trinity Gallery until the end of September near the Grand Hyatt Seoul Hotel.

The show, which will start on Aug. 15, South Korea’s Liberation Day, will be free of charge, with more than 20 representative works, including new pieces on display.

The Embassy of Lebanon in Seoul said that it had worked together with the Trinity Gallery, headed by CEO Park So-jung, to convey a message of awakening and healing to embassies.

During the exhibition period, the exhibition will be held in conjunction with Jang Joon-seok’s outdoor exhibition, which invites embassies from each country to the Garden of the Lebanon Embassy in Korea.

“Artist Jang Jun-seok deals with the challenges facing the world and the environment issue in a very soft language,” said H.E Lebanon Ambassador to South Korea Antoine Azzam.

“We are happy to share the global task of raising awareness of environmental issues in a strong language called culture.”

Artist Jang Joon-seok is well known for his work on watering the Korean sculpture “Flower” and has been exploring how to connect the audience with ecology by observing the ecology of “flower,” “forest,” “star,” and “sun.”

From a distance, it seems to be a flat piece, but the “Landscape-scale” series and the “Transparent Forest” series go through the process of arranging and attaching hundreds or thousands of small letters “flower” and “forest” printed in moldings designed by Jang, according to the embassy.

Earlier, artist Jang drew attention for his work “Taehwa River Ginkgo Tree Forest 1 Road,” which decorated a walkway between trees and trees with the letters “Forest” engraved on it, which was announced at the Taehwa River International Installation Art Festival last year.

“We are facing a crisis of direct disconnection of cultural exchanges between the two countries due to the coronavirus,” Trinity Gallery chief Park So-jung said.

“It is a time when more cultural communication and understanding are needed. The power of culture is great. I will continue to play a role in leading cultural diplomacy with a sympathetic exhibition plan. It’s not a big deal.”