80, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
12:00-18-00, Tuesday to Saturday
Gallery Afternoon first opened its doors in 2021, in Samcheong-dong, Seoul's central art precinct in Jongno-gu, Korea's central administrative district of over 600 years.
Neighboring Gallery Afternoon on the gentle upslope of Samcheong-dong are numerous culture and art landmarks of Korea's past and present, including the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gyeongbokgung Palace, and a multitude of art galleries native and foreign.
Among those landmarks, Gallery Afternoon has found a sure footing; a must-visit waypoint for saunterers and art lovers alike. Gallery Afternoon stands on a foundation of deep and wide roots across art scenes in Korea and abroad, positioned to seek out and platform promising young painters.
The list of young painters presented at the gallery starts with the inaugural exhibition by Kim Heesoo, followed by more new and rising young painters including Bang Sanghyeok, Qwaya (Seo Saewon), Yi Seula, and Kim Seulgi. Gallery Afternoon is already established as an art destination for visitors sauntering up and down Samcheong-ro, each exhibition visited by more than 10,000 visitors.
This popular success was attained only half a year into opening, with a reported 2.1 billion KRW (approximately1.6 million USD) in sales during that half-year period.
CEO / DIRECTOR
Gallery Afternoon's CEO and Director Ami Kim is a former arts and culture journalist of 20 years with Herald Media, a Korean media, education, and lifestyle company.
From 2019 to 2021, Director Kim served as the head of Herald Artday, an auction powerhouse, subsidiary to Herald Corp. She left the position in April 2021 to realize her vision for Gallery Afternoon.
From the very beginning of Gallery Afternoon’s establishment, Director Kim focused her efforts and the gallery's resources toward discovering and promoting talented painters in the 20s-30s age bracket in Korea and abroad. With decades of art industry experience and networking, she aims to continue promoting young Korean artists to elevated heights.