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About space*c

space*c is an art and culture complex established by Coreana Cosmetics in pursuit of its management philosophy, “a beautiful corporation.” space*c has constantly worked to create a new culture in which traditional and modern cultures are in sync with one another and forge a cultural community where everyone can live together.


space*c consists of the Coreana Cosmetics Museum whose goal is to publicize the history and superiority of Korean cosmetic culture, and the Coreana Museum of Art that focuses on contemporary art and introduces Korean as well as international artists. Together they work as a specialized institution to share the company’s gains with the public.


space*c aims to not only be a site for communication in which every narrative of the times stays but also a space of creation in which upcoming cultures will be created. It is an urban space where the beauty of art goes hand in hand with nature and a cultural space where research meets art.

"space*c is an urban space with the beauty of traditional culture, art, and nature. The space will contribute to the good of society with its aspiration and meaning based on the spirit of reviewing the old and learning the new."

2003. 11. 20
Yu Sang Ok

The Founder
Yu Sang Ok

Chairman Yu Sang Ok (Co-director of the Coreana Cosmetics Museum & the Coreana Museum of Art) presently works as a cultural manager, collector, and essayist. The founder and CEO of a cosmetics company, Yu has contributed to society through culture and arts patronage based on the principle that corporates should return their profits and gains to society. space*c is an outgrowth of this belief in conjunction with the ancient and modern artworks that he has collected over a long period of time.


When working as the 9th president of the “Friends of the National Museum of Korea (FNMK)” and honorary president of the Korean Art Museum Association, Yu has led a wide array of activities such as activation of supporters’ association activities, establishment of the FNMK’s academic award, and a proposal of the event to visit museums 100 times. He has also constantly been involved in activities to donate collections requested by his alma mater and cultural institutions, including his donation of 200 pieces (2009) to the National Museum of Korea. In 2009 he was awarded the Order of Culture Merit (Okgwan) in recognition of his contribution to the culture scene.

The Architect
Chung Guyon

space*c was designed by the architect Chung Guyon with the mottos of “a living cultural space,” “a living home,” and “a garden in an urban center.” Chung has tried to design a forest of life and a place like a garden in the center of a city by which he intended to eliminate the desolate ambiance of the Gangnam area.


Chung studied architecture at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs and Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie (the University of Paris VI) after majoring in crafts at the Seoul National University, Department of Applied Art. After his return from France, he worked as a professor of architecture at the Korea National University of Arts, a chair-professor at Sungkyunkwan University, and served as the commissioner for the Korean pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2004. Chung, often referred to as an ecological architect, has focused his capabilities on public architecture that helps people live together. Almost all of the buildings he has designed feature nature that is in harmony with its surroundings.

Works by Chung Guyon Public Project (Muju, 1999), Miracle Library (Suncheon, 2003), space*c (Seoul, 2003), Miracle Library (Seogwipo, 2004), Kaywon University of Art & Design Information Center (Uiwang, 2007), Bongha Village (Gimhae, 2008), Ji Pyeong Seon Middle & High School (Gimjae, 2009), Miracle Library (Gimhae, 2010)

History
  • 2016
    • The “Yu Sang Ok Donation Room” opens in the Baekje History and Culture Experience Museum
  • 2015
    • Co-director Yu Sang Ok donates 209 items including Baekje earthenware to Cheongyang-gun Office (Baekje History and Culture Experience Museum).
  • 2014
    • Co-director Yu Sang Ok donates 29 items to the Museum of Agriculture (Sanggap-ri, Cheongyang-gun).
    • Inspired by Nature, The Traditional Cosmetics of Korea is held in Tokyo and Osaka; a traveling exhibition by invitation of the Korean Cultural Center in Japan to celebrate the center’s 35th anniversary.
    • Deputy Director Yu Seung-hee is appointed as the Co-director of the Coreana Museum of Art and the Coreana Cosmetics Museum (Co-directors: Yu Sang Ok & Yu Seung-hee). Exhibitions Performing Film (1st) and Tell Me Her Story (4th) curated by the Coreana Museum of Art is selected by Art in Culture (Monthly Magazine) & 36 Art Professionals as the “2013 Top Ten Art Exhibitions.”
  • 2013
    • Inspired by Nature, The Traditional Cosmetics of Korea is held in the United Kingdom; an exhibition by invitation of the Korean Cultural Center in the UK to celebrate the center’s 5th anniversary.
    • A permanent exhibition space for Yu Sang Ok’s donation opens at the National Museum of Korea.
  • 2009
    • Director Yu Sang Ok is awarded the “Okgwan” Order of Culture Merit.
    • Director Yu Sang Ok donates 200 items including cosmetics containers to the National Museum of Korea.
    • Inspired by Nature, The Traditional Cosmetics of Korea is held in China; an exhibition by invitation to celebrate the 9th China International Fabrics Design Competition and Seminar at Tsinghua University.
  • 2006
    • The space*c building is nominated as the architecture of the year for the annual “Beautiful Architecture in Gangnam-gu”
    • Deputy Director Yu Seung-hee is awarded the Minister of Culture and Tourism citation.
    • Image Theater, curated by the Coreana Museum of Art is awarded the “Art of the Year” by Arts Council Korea.
    • Inspired by Nature, The Traditional Cosmetics of Korea is held in Paris; an exhibition by invitation to celebrate the 120th Anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Korea and France.
    • The Coreana Museum of Art is registered (Seoul No.13).
  • 2004
    • The Coreana Cosmetics Museum is registered (Seoul No.6).
  • 2003
    • space*c opens to the public.
  • 1988
    • Coreana Cosmetics Co., Ltd. is founded.


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