In these recessionary times, any contribution to the arts is a cause for celebration. Such a state of affairs makes the opening of the Daegu Art Museum (DAM) in May 2011 in Daegu, South Korea, an especially joyous event.

The museum, sited on a hilltop overlooking the city on a spacious property, houses the most expansive spaces in South Korea for large-scale exhibitions. It was built to showcase the cutting-edge installations of world-class artists from Korea, Japan, and China, and its museum director, Kim Sunhee, sees a pivotal role for DAM in local cultural life, referring to the museum as “a vital institution bridging contemporary Korean culture and the world of Korean arts from the recent past, pre-modern and ancient times.”

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