Gana Art founder cho­sen as art pa­tron

The Korea Times - - CULTURE -

Gana Art founder Lee Ho-jae has been se­lected as this year’s art pa­tron of Korea by Ger­man com­pany Mont­blanc, the com­pany’s art foun­da­tion an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

The Mont­blanc’s Cul­tural Foun­da­tion cited Lee’s life­long ded­i­ca­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of the Korean art in­dus­try and decades of sup­port for Korean artists for choos­ing him as the Korean Mont­blanc de la Cul­ture Arts Pa­tron­age Award 2017.

He founded Gana Art Gallery, Seoul Auc­tion and Gana Foun­da­tion for Arts and Cul­ture.

Hav­ing worked in a gallery in Seoul, Lee es­tab­lished his own in 1983, grow­ing it into one of the most es­tab­lished art gal­leries in the coun­try that has sup­ported many tal­ented Korean artists.

In 1998, he opened the coun­try’s first auc­tion com­pany Seoul Auc­tion, Korea’s only listed auc­tion firm. In Fe­bru­ary 2014, he launched the cul­ture foun­da­tion.

The award was launched in 1992 to rec­og­nize and cel­e­brate “the work of out­stand­ing pri­vate pa­trons of the arts through­out the world,” the com­pany said on its web­site.

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