Hakgojae Gallery Space 2
Hakgojae Gallery first opened its doors in Seoul, a financial hub of Asia, in 1988. Since then, Hakgojae Gallery has been leading a rapidly growing Korean art market, as well as charting directions on how Korean art ought to be harmonized and developed within the contemporary global culture.
The gallery's name derives from the saying, "to review the old to learn the new" in the Analects of Confucius. However, gaining knowledge of the past is not necessarily equivalent to studying of historical facts. In fact, the process of learning the past in Korea, where tragic history of being victimized by the Japanese colonialism and the division of the country is very much alive, accompanies excruciating self-reflection. Nonetheless, to be able to confidently reach out to readily participate in the global cultural flow despite its past struggles is the true philosophy behind the saying, "to review the old to learn the new." This is the very ideology and orientation that makes Hakgojae Gallery unique, bringing together the old and the new, and connecting the region to the world.