Leeum is the largest private art museum in Korea. The museum displays about 15,000 pieces of art ranging from Korea‘s national treasure level traditional art, most representative pieces of modern and contemporary Korean art, and foreign works of fine art.
The name of the museum stems from the combination of “Lee,” the family name of late Chairman Lee Byeong-cheol who was the founder of Samsung Group, and museum. Leeum is composed of three buildings: Museum I for ancient art, Museum II for contemporary art, and Samsung Child Education and Culture Center.
The buildings were respectively designed by masters of contemporary architecture: Mario Botta (Switzerland), Jean Nouvel (France), and Rem Koolhaas (Netherlands).