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Founder

Chi-Jin Yoo
(1905-1974)Born in Tongyeong, Gyeonsangnam-do
Playwright/Director/Educator

Chi-Jin Yoo devoted his life to awaken the stagnant art world of Korea at that time. To lay the foundation, he established the Research Society for the Dramatic Arts in 1931. In 1962, he founded the Drama Center, the Korean Theater Research Institute, and the Theater Academy, all of which have evolved to become Seoul Institute of the Arts of today.

Message from the Founder

Art is our oldest cultural heritage and our nation has its own unique national art just like other nations in the world. However, our society did not understand art and so a great deal of time passed during which art did not develop, and accordingly among the three countries of Korea, China and Japan, unfortunately our art is the most behind and out of date. The reason I established the Korea Art Research Center was to overcome this situation and raise the standard of our national art in the world. Art resources and information should be managed to this end.
The Drama Center, School and Library at the Korea Art Research Center will perform the duties mentioned above, both together and separately. Many students who want to study art, and capable professors and artists have gathered at the Center. Therefore, I'm very hopeful for the future: this has been my dream since I was young; my dream and also the dream of my art comrades. It is my sincere desire that this dream transforms the Center into a cornerstone in the fostering of our national art.