Greetings from the Honorary Director
Thank you all for visiting Kim Chong Young Museum. This museum was established in 2002 to commemorate Chong Young Kim who was a pioneer in Korean modern sculpture and to support young sculptors of Korea. Our museum hosts exhibitions as well as conducting more extensive and accurate research on archives to preserve and introduce the works of Chong Young Kim who brought abstract sculpture to Korea and showed the beauty of Bulgak. Our museum also grants Kim Chong Young Sculpture Award biannually to encourage young artists as well as to honor the passion of Chong Young Kim as an educator. In addition to the modern architectural beauty of the museum building, its astounding surrounding, and outstanding sculptures, the museum delivers diverse entertainment and leisure activities. We are also equipped with a library with hard-to-find art literatures and books as well as a café for visitors to take a break and relax.

It is our promise to welcome you to our museum with more interesting and meaningful exhibitions continuously in the future, and provide you with an opportunity to learn more in-depth about various genres of art. Thank you for all your support.

Honorary Director Jongtae Kim, Kim Chong Young Museum

About Kimchongyung Museum
Bulgakjae (不刻齋) and Samiru (四美樓)
Since the opening on December 15th, 2002, Kim Chong Young Museum has served as the most representative sculpture museum in Korea, and on December 15th, 2010, a new building, Samiru, opened adjacent to the existing one. The existing building, Bulgakjae, will be devoted to the special permanent exhibition for works by Chong Young Kim. The works of Chong Young Kim is based on Bulgak, which is discovering the authentic senses and the life of an object instead of imitating it. As a space devoted to permanent exhibition for Chong Young Kim, the old building is renamed Bulgakjae. The name Samiru is derived from the name of the outhouse, Samidang, of which the main house was where Chong Young Kim was born and raised in Changwon. Samidang was used as a guest-welcoming space after being relocated to be a part of Chong Young Kim’s main house in the late Joseon Dynasty, and it remains intact to this day. In this regard, the new building was named Samiru which will serve as a space for new artists who will continue the legacy of Chong Young Kim.
Bulgakjae不刻齋 | "Living communication"
In the lot where Bulgakjae is located, one can feel the moving flow. This is a harmony among water, air, granite, and pine trees, and it is a dance of space these elements create together. Architecture transforms with the natural light, angle and location, and it serves as an exhibition space for these precise reasons. The transforming space is based on reality, and in this space, “the living exchange or communication” between the spectators and art work is the most important presence. The distance, direction and angle determine how the art work will be felt. In this space, we are allowed a glimpse into the world of the artist, and our recognition of Chong Young Kim, who was a sculptor and an educator, is defined as .
Samiru四美樓 | "Simplicity, a dwelling for sculpture”
The location of Samiru was determined to present the building as if it is hugging the earth while connecting the flow with the existing building. The properties of each building and exhibition space is preserved, yet connected, which creates curiosity in visitors’ mind and lets them experience different spatial atmosphere. The new museum does not defy the nature, and it is located harmoniously through organic location with the existing building. This is a result of our effort to make each space fulfill their functions in correspondence to the natural condition. Exhibition room 1, Exhibition room 2, Exhibition room 3 are connected so that one space opens up the next space. Chong Young Kim strived to minimize architectural expressionism and explore the absolute truth of materials and mind based on simplicity, and the new space upholds such philosophy.