Doodles Of Idol Names Found On Lee Woo Hwan’s Artwork At The Busan Museum Of Art
Contemporary artist Lee Woo Hwan has gotten one of his artworks vandalized by idol fans.
The artwork at the Busan Museum of Art was created in 2015 and it costs over $660,000. On the piece, doodles of hearts along with the names of Kang Daniel, Lee Day Hwi, and Hangyul can be seen.
The museum has already reported the vandalism to the police.
"We've recently made reports to the police after finding doodles and footprints on the artwork displayed outdoors in the 'Lee Woo Hwan Space.'
On the other hand, the museum has already erased the vandals on the artwork. According to Kim Sun Hee, the director of the museum, the incident occurred due to the lack of awareness of the art and the artists.
However, the museum is well-protected and supervised by CCTV cameras. In fact, there are signs that there are security cameras along with signs to appreciate the artwork without touching them.
The Busan Haeundae Police Station is already looking for the culprits. They have checked the CCTV footage, however, due to the poor quality, they are having a hard time identifying the suspects.
Recent Vandalism In South Korea
Last year, Seoul trains were vandalized by British men and they were put in jail for four months. The British brothers came to Korea in July 10 and called themselves "SMTS" and "SMT." They were about to leave the country on July 13 when police stooped them at a guesthouse.
The "SMT Crew" is a notorious group if taggers founded in Britain and active across Europe.
However, it doesn't seem like the SMT group is the one behind this recent vandalism scandal in the museum. Nevertheless, it is important that the museum keeps a tighter security to prevent the same thing from happening again.
A Leading Figure In The Art World
Lee Woo-Hwan is known all over the world for his artistic reputation. In 2011, he became the third East Asian artist to be given a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, which solidifies his position as a leading figure in the contemporary art world.