South Korea to build 140 new museums and 46 new galleries.

South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism announces a five-year plan to increase public access to art by building 140 additional museums and 46 galleries reports the Korea Herald. The planned growth will bring the number of museums and galleries in the country to 1,013 and 297, respectively, and represents a 16% increase in arts infrastructure.

The government plans to facilitate its initiative with tax deductions on museum admission fees, effective July 1, and subsidized construction costs. It will also increase engagement and improve accessibility to collections by developing new museum websites, digital archives, apps, and virtual and augmented reality technologies, and will scale up its conservation system; it is currently only used at state-run institutions but will soon be expanded to the regional level. Via ArtForum

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