Frieze Week Seoul 2023
September 2023

This issue looks to Seoul’s cultural community: like the winner of the new Frieze
Seoul Artist Award, Woo Hannah; collector Elizabeth Chun; and photographer Rala Choi, whose commission provides our cover image. There’s a round-up of exhibitions around town, and stories relating to key Frieze Week shows, like Issy Wood at the Ilmin and masterpieces on tour at the National Museum. There’s even a spa guide: surely we deserve some pampering, after all this art? Save me a place in the sauna.

프리즈 위크 매거진은 새롭게 제정된 프리즈 서울 아티스트 어워드 수상자 우한나, 컬렉터 최윤정, 표지를 장식한 사진작가 최랄라를 통해 서울의 문화계를 조명한다. 일민미술관의 이시 우드 (Issy Wood) 개인전, 국립중앙박물관의 명화전 등 프리즈 위크의 주요 전시에 대한 내용과 시내 곳곳에서 열리는 전시도 소개한다. 스파 가이드도 마련했으니, 미술 감상으로 쌓인 피로를 풀기에도 안성맞춤이다. 부디 사우나에 내 자리도 하나쯤 맡아주길.

From this issue

‘All portrait artists / get away with perfect murders’ writes the US poet of Boy Bitten by a Lizard, on tour at Seoul’s National Museum of Korea

BY John Yau |

Alongside the fair, the city’s museum exhibitions are exploring video games, urbanism and historical change this September

BY Chris Waywell |

In a special commission for Frieze Seoul 2023, the Korea-based photographer takes the obangsaek, to reflect on the body, identity and belonging

BY Rala Choi |

The Seoul-based private collector and her husband have brought showstopping works to Incheon’s Paradise City resort. She discusses female artists and her hopes for the Korean scene

BY Elizabeth Chun AND Matthew McLean |

The London-based artist has her first Korean show during Frieze Seoul. Are there parallels between her sensual and sinister images and recent recalibrations of Korean identity?

BY Hiji Nam |

The Korean artist uses fabric to consider the ageing female body in a new commission at the fair for the 2023 Frieze Artist Award

BY Hyunjin Kim |

The curators of this year’s expanded Frieze Film program in Seoul discuss the rise of independent art venues across the city

BY Kim Sung woo AND Sungah Serena Choo |

The section sees globally resonant themes explored by emerging artists from Singapore to Shanghai

BY Reena Devi |

From the humble to the sumptuous, traditional spas are an integral part of the Korean capital’s culture

BY Payal Uttam |