Over the 10 years since its opening on December 26, 2012, the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History (MUCH) has upheld the core values of universality, diversity, scalability, and friendliness. What has the past decade been like for MUCH, which is recognized as a cultural space where people can share various historical experiences? In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the museum’s opening, let's look back on the past through the numbers 1 to 10.
A display model reproducing the street in front of Gwanghwamun during the Japanese colonial period (Model: Korea National University of Cultural Heritage, Photo: Seoul Museum of History)
Number of visitors per year(unit: person)
In a small exhibition space on the first floor, MUCH is currently holding an exhibition titled “Shifting Zeitgeist and Historical Consciousness of Korean Historical Associations” on the founding of Korea’s historical associations and the first issues of their journals. This exhibition, held from October 21 to November 22, examines the hard work of young historians to establish the Korean historical associations amid the chaos around the time of Korea’s liberation and the Korean War. It offers visitors a chance to understand the genealogy of Korean history as well as examine the story of the establishment of the associations through the opening addresses published in the first issues of their journals and related records.
In celebration of MUCH’s 10th anniversary, the museum held a congratulatory video message and slogan contest to enhance its brand image. The selected congratulatory video message and slogan will be used for the museum’s brand marketing in the future.
November 26, “Music of Coexistence and Restoration by Trio 202”
Music has always comforted us, even during the pandemic. We have thus prepared a performance based on the theme of the wisdom of coexistence and hope for the future.
December 17, “Korean Movie with Jazz by Nam Ye-ji and Maria Kim”
Korean films, which boast a history of more than 100 years, feature theme songs that have been loved as much as the movies themselves. In the winter of 2022, a wonderful jazz concert will be held with Christmas music.
This November, MUCH is planning to release “We Are Children,” a video on Korea’s modern history, through the museum’s website and YouTube channel. This video, which will present children who reflect each era from the 1920s to the present, will show how the meaning of “child” has changed through visual materials of various media. It will show angelic children introduced in Children, a magazine launched in the 1920s, as well as working children in the 1930s, anti-Communist children, and children studying science. We look forward to seeing how adults and children living in 2022 feel when they watch this video and learning about how they view the children of today.
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Book-talk on Contemporary History, which introduces recent books and shares the results of modern history research through discussion. Chung Jin-A, author of The Architects of the Korean Economy and professor in the Department of Humanities for Unification at the Graduate School of Konkuk University, was invited to give a lecture at the the Book-talk, which is be held on November 18 . The lecture will take a close look at the birth and progress of Korea’s government-led industrialization policy and economic development plans from liberation to 1960 through the dynamic movements of economic bureaucrats. Bae Suk Man, a professor of the School of Digital Humanities and Computational Social Sciences at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), will lead the discussion.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of MUCH’s opening, an academic conference will be held to discuss the meaning, role, and future of the museum, which has established itself as a symbolic space representing Korea. The conference, which will be held on December 1 under the theme of “The History Museum, a Space for History and the Future,” will include a discussion and presentation sessions.
|The History Museum of Europe as a Symbolic Space||Yun Yong-seon
|The History Museum of East Asia as a Symbolic Space||Kim Ji-hoon
|Gwanghwamun and the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History||Kim Baek-yung
(Seoul National University)
|National Museum of Korean Contemporary History from a Critical Perspective||Kim Aram
|Activity Themes and Contents of the History Museum||Im Chong-myong
(Chonnam National University)
|The History Museum in Public History||Lee Dong-ki
(Kangwon National University)
|Future Direction of the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History||Chun Jin-sung
(Busan National University of Education)
Moderator: Do Myoun-hoi (Daejeon University)
Discussion: Lee Yong-il (Daegu National University of Education),
Park Hyun-wook (Seoul Museum of History),
Kim Sun-mi (National Museum of Korean Contemporary History),
Kim In-duck (Cheongam College),
Kim Soojin (National Museum of Korean Contemporary History),
Kim Ji-young (Soongsil University)
National Museum of Korean Contemporary History Newsletter Sept - Oct 2022 (Vol. 66) / ISSN 2384-230X
198 Sejong-daero, Jongro-gu, Seoul, 03141, Republic of Korea / 82-2-3703-9200 / www.much.go.kr
Editor: Lee Seungjae, Kim Hyunjung, Lee Jihye, Lee Soojin
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