To Tuesday: “GRAF 2006: Ten Neighbors.” This community art project seeks to analyze the role of the artist in the community and methods of communicating art. Ten teams of artists spent four months, from July to October, in Gyeonggi province, taking part in projects designed to bring art out of the galleries and exhibition halls and into society. This exhibition presents their final results. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and admission is free.
Anguk station, line No. 3, exit 6, in the alley across Ssamzie-gil
(02) 733-6469, http://kwanhoongallery.com
To Wednesday: “Cine+MA: Animation @ New Media Art.” Through a combination of drawings and Oriental ink works, the six contemporary artists in this exhibition pursue an alternative means of communication in new media art, while attempting to revisit changes in contemporary Korean art. Hours are 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., closed on Mondays.
From Gangnam station, line No. 2, exit 7, walk north for 150 meters, take a right at the Woori Bank and walk for another 70 meters.
(02) 553-4504, www.mass.or.kr
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ART
To Jan. 28, 2007: “Jean Dubuffet: Retrospective.” A retrospective of works by Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), a French painter known for being a pioneer of the “informal” style, is held for the first time in Korea. Pieces from the Dubuffet Foundation Paris, The Centre Pompidou, the Museum of Decorative Arts and the Toyota Museum of Japan will be displayed. Open 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. every day except Monday. Admission ranges from 2,000 won to 10,000 won.
City Hall station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 1 or 2
(02) 2188-6000, www.moca.go.kr/deoksugung.html
SEOUL ARTS CENTER
Saturday: “Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, ‘Carols from King’s.’” The choir from Cambridge University King’s College was first formed by Henry VI in 1446 to provide music for the daily mass. Now an internationally-known representative of England’s choral music tradition, the choir will ring in the yuletide season with Christmas carols, English folk songs and songs from the Medieval period. The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are from 40,000 to 120,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal station, line No. 3
(02) 1588-7890, www.sac.or.kr
YOUNGSAN ART HALL
Dec. 24: “Harpist Kwak Jung’s Christmas.” Known as simply “Harpist K,” Kwak Jung is the first electric harpist in Asia. This, her annual Christmas concert, mixes her trademark electric harp with traditional harp music. The concert includes ensemble pieces with flute and cello as well as performances with a hand bell group and a children’s singing group. There will be two performances: one at 3 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are 20,000 won to 50,000 won.
Yeouinaru station, line No. 5, exit 1
(02) 780-5054, www.youngsanarthall.com
ARIRANG SMALL THEATER
To Dec. 31: “Marijuana.” This play boldly examines the sex lives of the palace ladies and eunuchs during the Joseon dynasty. The Royal Prince Hwi-ji is close to eunuch Yong-bo, but distant from his wife Bong-bin. The eunuch is secretly in love with the prince’s wife, but his station in life prevents him from pursuing his true love. Tickets are 15,000 to 20,000 won. Performances start at 8 p.m. weekdays, 4 p.m. and 7:30 pm Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays. No performances Mondays.
Hyehwa station, line No. 4, exit 2
To Dec. 31: “The Father.” This work is by Swedish playwright Strindberg, who, along with Chekhov and Ibsen, is considered to be a pioneer of modern plays. Grigory Ditiyatkovskiy, winner of the “Golden Mask Directing Award,” a prestigious Russian award, directs. The play, showing at Mary Hall in Sogang University, tells the story of a strong father who falls off a cliff after being rejected by his family.The play runs at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, at 3 and 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and at 3 p.m. on Sundays, with no show on Mondays. Tickets are 25,000 won to 35,000 won.
Sinchon station, line No. 2, exit 6
Tomorrow to Dec. 31: “Family Dance ‘The Little Match Seller Girl’s Dream’.” This is Chongdong theater’s alternative to the ubiquitous “Nutcracker” performances at this time of year. Based on the much-loved Hans Christian Andersen tale (on the 200th anniversary of the author’s birth), this family dance performance includes ballet, traditional Korean dance and tap. Performances start at 7 p.m., with no show on Monday, Dec. 18. From Friday, Dec. 22 to Monday, Dec. 25, there will be an additional 1 p.m. performance. Tickets are 25,000 won to 30,000 won.
City Hall station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 12
(02) 751-1500, www.chongdong.com