Aiming to create a place where visitors can share varied experiences and find rapport with each other, the National Museum of Korea’s key projects for 2022 are 1) systematic management and disclosure of donations by the late Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-hee, 2) showing global culture at the museum, 3) expanding smart museum services using artificial intelligence technology, 4) increasing support for Korean galleries in overseas museums, and 5) improving access to exhibition contents for the disabled.
The NMK plans to lay the groundwork for utilization of the collection donated by the late Chairman Lee Kun-hee through systematic management and preservation, and to promote the social significance of the bequest by organizing various special exhibitions. A range of other activities have been planned, including registration of the donated items, publication of lists of items by field, and a special exhibition commemorating the first anniversary of the bequest (April 28-August 28).
This year, the NMK will continue to hold exhibitions introducing different cultures of the world. They include Aztecs (May), the first exhibition in Korea to feature the Aztec civilization of Mexico, and Viennese Masterpieces: Treasures of the House of Hapsburg (October) to celebrate the 130th anniversary of Korean-Austrian diplomatic relations. In addition, the Egyptian Gallery, located on the third floor in the World Art Gallery, will be made over into the Mesopotamia Gallery. Moreover, overseas museums will be holding special exhibitions to promote Korean culture around the world.
To expand smart viewing services the NMK will continue development of artificial intelligence technology that reflects the unique characteristics of Korean cultural heritage. It will also pursue the design of an intelligent curation platform, development and operation of AI kiosks, and improvement of the functions of QI, an autonomous exhibition guide robot.
In addition to providing support for the Korean galleries in overseas museums, from 2022 the NMK is able to expand practical support for the installation of new Korean galleries, improvement of existing Korean galleries, the loan of exhibition items, holding special exhibitions, and hiring dedicated personnel for the Korean galleries. The NMK will be providing support for new Korean galleries in five major museums in North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia, and at the State Hermitage Museum in Russia.
The realize the value of empathy and coexistence the museum plans to increase access to contents for the disabled and vulnerable so that they can enjoy the museum’s exhibitions, education programs, and other cultural services without restrictions. Various projects and services are being prepared, including sign language interpretation, and sign language exhibition guides.