Gana Art founder chosen as art patron
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.