To Dec. 26: “Design, Blossoming Flowers.” Designers use flowers as a means to express humor, kindness and criticism in this exhibition. No flower ever seen in nature can be found in this exhibit, but they blossom in nickel, asphalt and acrylic paint, wood, paper tissue, film and more. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Sundays. Admission is free.
Jonggak station, line No. 1, exit 3, near the Insadong crossroad
(02) 733-3695, www.egalleryi.co.kr
To Dec. 26: “Motherhood: Bodypainting by Kim So-moon.” Kim So-moon uses the female body as a platform to express the great love of a mother as it surpasses the boundaries of time, space and environmental conditions. In Kim So-moon’s art, hieroglyphs blend with the curves of the female form in an almost ritualistic way. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
From Anguk station, line No. 3, exit 6, the gallery can be found in the alley right before the Insadong crossroad on the right.
(02) 737-0057, www.moranmuseum.org
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
To Jan. 21, 2007: “Niki de Saint Phalle.” This retrospective of the works of New Realist artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) features a selection of 71 works from the collections of the Musee d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, the Niki de Saint Phalle Charity Foundation and the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain in France. As an artist, de Saint Phalle believed in the liberal spirit and experimented with several different forms, most prominently painting and sculpture. The exhibition will consist of her early works from the 1950s (including some that were the basis of her series “Nana”), and late works from just before her death in 2002. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and to 6p.m. on weekends and holidays. Admission is from 500 won to 1,000 won.
Shuttles run from Seoul Grand Park station, line No. 4, exit 4, to the museum every 20 minutes, starting at 9:40 a.m.
(02) 2188-6000, www.moca.go.kr
SEOUL ARTS CENTER
Saturday: “Song Young Hoon’s White Christmas.” Cellist Song Young Hoon began playing the cello at age five and made his debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at nine. Having performed to critical acclaim with every leading orchestra in Korea and as a solo and chamber musician throughout Europe and Asia, he brings some Christmas spirit to Seoul with his yuletide performance, “White Christmas.” The show begins at 8 p.m. in the concert hall at the Seoul Arts Center. Couple tickets range from 10,000 to 100,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal station, line No. 3
(02) 1588-7890, www.sac.or.kr
YOUNGSAN ART HALL
Sunday: “Harpist Kwak Jung’s Christmas.” Known simply as “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 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
SADARI ART CENTER
To Dec. 31: “I Miss You.” This love story is directed by Jung Se-hyuk and features the relationship between a young blind woman and a simple-hearted hoodlum. The show plays at 8 p.m. on weekdays (no show Mondays) and at 3 and 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Tickets are 15,000 to 20,000 won.
Hyehwa station, line No. 4, exit 1
(02) 763-1355, www.sadariartcenter.com
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. From Friday, Dec. 22 to Monday, Dec. 25, there will be an additional 1 p.m. performance. Tickets are 25,000 to 30,000 won.
City Hall station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 12
(02) 751-1500, www.chongdong.com