Seoul’s subway stations are no longer just a medium for simple transportation. The subway stations have been establishing a cultural role for themselves by turning the commuting process in to a cultural experience by staging free art exhibitions, Seoul Metro, organizer of the events, said.
Subway Lines Nos. 1 to 4, operated by Seoul Metro, can now boast of offering several novel shows. For instance, Art Gallery No. 1 at Gyeongbokgung Station on Line No. 3 is hosting the “Shona Sculptures Spirit of Africa” exhibition, from Jan. 7 to 20.
Shona refers to the name of the tribe that formed Zimbabwe, which is its largest indigenous group. The Shona stone sculptures are celebrated as one of the world’s top three contemporary artistic works. They are unique in that they display the spiritual world of the Zimbabweans through basic tools like the hammer.
The exhibition can be viewed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is free. Attendees are, however, encouraged to make a small donation to a fund-raising campaign to help starving children in Africa. The collected proceeds will be given to the relevant welfare foundations after the exhibition.
“We look forward to this latest exhibition offering the public a rare chance to experience and empathize with the deep soul and sentiments of the African people through such special artworks that are otherwise very difficult to come by,” a Seoul Metro official said. “We also encourage active public participation in our fundraising campaign for starving African children.”