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Park Chan Ho Painting

Exhibition: Former Player Park Chan Ho Turns Artist While Being Turned into Art

One minute you’re standing on the mound facing some of the world’s best hitters, the next minute you’re tossing paint covered balls at a canvas and being dubbed an artist. Such is the interesting retirement of 19-year pro baseball veteran Park Chan Ho. An exhibition at the Seoul Museum of Art in central Seoul kicks off this week and will run through November. The exhibition will feature the former Major League player’s artwork are well as an assortment of art done in his honor. The 40-year-old Park says he was quick to discover his artistic side just after leaving the baseball life last year. After retirement, I took an interest in art management and that taught me that people can express their daily routine or life pattern in the form of arts, said Park, while giving a tour to a group of reporters on Monday. I realized that I was also doing an art on the mound. I was trying to create something.

Other artists featured in the exhibition include cartoonist Lee Hyun-se, painter Yu Hyeon-mi and sculptor Gwon Osang. The museum will also showcase a large collection of Park’s personal memorabilia including his baseball items, trophies and photos. There’s even a Suzuki Ichiro jersey. Who saw that coming?

Park Chan ho statue

Admission is 12,000 won for adults, 10,000 won for teenagers and 7,000 won for children.

The exhibition runs from July 11 to Nov. 17 at Seoul Museum, Buam-dong, Seoul.

For more information, call (02) 395-0100, or visit the Seoul Museum website.

It is unlikely there will be a Fernando Tatis jersey on display.



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