To mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Latvia and Korea, on 24 August, an exhibition titled “A New Beginning - Latvia” was unveiled at the Geumjeong Cultural Centre in Busan, the second largest city in the Republic of Korea. The exhibition organised by the Embassy of Latvia to the Republic of Korea in association with the Geumjeong Cultural Centre will be open for viewing till 9 October.
The vast display of the exhibition offers an insight into the diversity of Latvia’s culture. One part of the exposition, “Latvia. Architecture at Convergence”, reflects the rich culture of Latvia and has been created as a follow-up to the special issue No. 555 (2016) of the Japanese architectural magazine a+u showcasing Latvian architecture, Feature: Latvia – Architecture Unfolding.
The exhibition also displays photographs by Jurģis Rikveilis featuring a present-day take on the significance of the Latvian traditional dress. A perfect addition to the photos is a special comment prepared by Dr. Hist. Aija Jansone, Head of the Ethnography Section at the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia.
Young visitors can enjoy an exposition of illustrations and sketches, “Travel on Paper”, by the Latvian artist illustrator, Gundega Muzikante, with vivid characters from various Latvian books.
Those interested in sightseeing can get to know Latvia by taking a virtual tour developed by a Latvian company, Ocean Multimedia. The virtual trip had already garnered attention among viewers this spring, when the Gimpo Cultural Centre hosted a wide-scale exhibition on Latvia organised by the Embassy.
Latvian animated films – “Away” by Gints Zilbalodis, “Jacob, Mimi and the Talking Dogs” by Edmunds Jansons, “Rocks in My Pockets”, by Signe Baumane, and “The Sun Rides up into the Sky” by Roze Stiebra – will also be screened during the exhibition.
The exhibition is part of a series of events held in 2021 to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Latvia and the Republic of Korea.
The Latvian-Korean diplomatic relations were established in Riga, on 22 October 1991.