2006.12.28 Event CalendarGALLERIES
To Tuesday: “Prague, Radiance of the Memory.” Photographer Park Gyeong-hye chronicles the riverfronts, bars, streetlights, colors and shapes of the Czech capital, some with poetic phrases attached. The exhibit focuses on Prague not as a romantic, unattainable place, but as a city where real people live. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., or from 11 a.m. on public holidays. Admission is free.
From Anguk station, line No. 3, exit 6, walk about 100 meters toward Insa-dong. Lux is on the right on the third floor.
(02) 720-8488, www.gallerylux.net
To Jan. 6, 2007: “Finding New Life in the Past.” Hong Hyun-ju combines traditional Korean handicraft pieces with crystals of all colors, shapes and sizes to resurrect practical items of the past into pieces of modern beauty. Old ladders and door-frames are transformed into wall hangings and mirrors, just as other traditional objects morph into ornamental decorations or practical furniture. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays to Saturdays, closed on Sundays.
Anguk station, line No. 3, exit 1
(02) 720-5789, 5728~9, www.suncontemporary.com
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
To Jan. 21, 2007: “Niki de Saint Phalle.” This retrospective of work by New Realist artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) features a selection of 71 pieces 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
LEEUM, Samsung Museum of Art
To Jan. 28, 2007: “Paintings of the Late Joseon Dynasty.” During the late Joseon period, the middle class began to create and appreciate art more widely, calligraphy and painting in particular. As a result, painting styles introduced to Korea by Qing China were reinterpreted and given a uniquely Korean style. This exhibition displays works of 27 different painters from the era in three sections: Court Painting, Orthodox Painting and New Currents. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Thursdays until 9 p.m. Visitors need to make a reservation before visiting this special exhibition, by calling the number below, or visiting the Web site. Tickets are from 3,000 won to 5,000 won.
Hangangjin station, line No. 6, exit 1
(02) 2014 6901, www.leeum.org
SEOUL MUSEUM OF ART
To April 1, 2007: “Rene Margritte.” Belgian surrealist artist Rene Margritte comes to Korea. Well known for his witty and amusing images, Margritte’s works use a juxtaposition of ordinary objects and unexpected contexts to give new meaning to familiar things. The museum opens at 10 a.m. everyday, closing at 9 p.m. on weekdays and 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Tickets to the museum cost 200 won to 700 won.
City Hall station, lines No. 1 or 2, exit 1
(02) 2124-8800, www.seoulmoa.org
SEOUL ARTS CENTER
Today: “Vladimir Krainev Piano Recital.” After making his solo debut at 7 years old in 1951, the Russian pianist went on to a career of international acclaim, performing with leading orchestras and conductors all over the world. He will be playing the music of Chopin, Shumann, Brahms and Prokofiev at the Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets range from 30,000 won to 100,000 won. This performance is presented by the Joong-Ang Daily. For more information, contact our cultural team at (02) 751-9634.
Nambu Bus Terminal station, line No. 3
(02) 1588-7890, www.sac.or.kr
NATIONAL CENTER FOR KOREAN TRADITIONAL PERFORMING ARTS
Today: “2006 End of Year Performance.” In a climate and season where western music dominates, this end of year concert is establishing itself as an alternative to the regular Christmas fare. The original symphonies “Sunburi” and “Bongraeui” will be performed. The concert is at 7:30 p.m., with tickets at 10,000 won to 20,000 won.
Nambu Bus Terminal station, line No. 3
(02) 580-3300, www. ncktpa.go.kr
ARIRANG SMALL THEATER
To Sunday: “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 love. Tickets are 15,000 won to 20,000 won. Performances start at 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Hyehwa station, line No. 4, exit 2
(02) 3673-5580, www.mabangzen.com