2008. 10. 30 Event CalendarKUKJE GALLERY
To Nov. 15: “Platform Seoul 2008 - I Have Nothing to Say and I Am Saying It.” Created as an experimental forum for all things related to the communication and production of contemporary art, Platform began in 2006 as an annual contemporary art festival featuring a major exhibit accompanied by video and film screenings, performances, lectures, talks with artists, symposiums and public programs.
This exhibition brings together imagery, sound, light, dance and theater, inviting the viewer to take part not as a visitor but as an active participant. Also, this exhibition features more than 50 local and international artists impacting today’s global art scene, whose works are inspired by conceptual art, minimalism, experimental theater, media art and modern dance.
Although works by each artist will be shown in separate spaces and undertaken as individual projects across different media, they will nonetheless be consistently aligned to the exhibit’s broad conceptual context. Instead of forcing a unilateral visual experience, this exhibit seeks to offer a sensory experience that can only be experienced and appreciated directly by the viewers themselves.
The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Anguk Station, line No.3, exit 1; Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 5; or Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 2
(02) 735-8449, www.kukje.org
GANA ART CENTER
To Nov. 16: “Oh Sufan’s World of Abstract Painting - Naturalness and Artificiality.” Oh Sufan is a contemporary Korean abstract painter who produces Western-style painting with a marked Korean quality through brush strokes using an Oriental calligraphic style.
So far Oh has focused on Oriental and thus Korean metaphysics, while maintaining a somewhat ambiguous stance on the aesthetic debates on abstract art. Perhaps that explains why descriptions of the artist’s work share certain common keywords, including “Taoism,” “inaction” and “chance.” Oh learned calligraphy and Chinese classics in childhood under his father’s guidance. The Oriental tradition of combining calligraphy and painting has influenced the development of his abstract painting.
The charm of Oh’s abstract painting is found in the artistic finesse that reveals itself in various manners in the process of transmission.
Admission ranges from 2,000 won ($1.39) to 3,000 won.
Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 3
(02) 720-1020, www.ganaart.com
MAPO ART CENTER ART HALL
Nov. 4 to 9: “Pluck - The Specialists.” Classical music and comedy collide when the three self-proclaimed “talented idiots” known as Pluck perform together.
The violin, viola and cello trio was established in 2002 when three passionate classical music majors got together and came up with the idea of mixing classical and comedic performances.
The members play their instruments, mime and perform a number of strange acts on stage, such as their 2007 Korean performance when they experimented with soju and ended up chanting “Daehan minguk!” (“Korea!”) to the delight of the local audience.
Throughout the concert, they compete, argue, scheme, ridicule, dance, fight and seduce their way through Bach to the Beatles, playing Brahms, Ravel and Vivaldi in a way that would have the composers laughing in their graves.
Tickets range from 33,000 won to 44,000 won.
The show is staged at 8 p.m. on weekdays and 3 and 7 p.m. on weekends.
Daeheung Station, line No. 6, exit 5
(02) 545-9174, www.cafe.naver.com/pluck2008
DAEHANGRO ART MADANG
Nov. 4 to Feb. 28: “Oh! While You Were Sleeping.” The local small theater production “Oh! While You Were Sleeping” is celebrating its 1,000th performance.
Choi Byung-ho, a patient in hospital room No. 602, vanishes suddenly. His disappearance is a mystery since Choi is unable to walk on his own, prompting the question: “What happened to him while you were sleeping?”
The musical was first shown in 2005 and has brought over 11,000 viewers through the theater doors. It won the Best Musical Award and Script Award at the 12th Korea Musical Awards.
This season, the musical’s live band featuring piano, violin and guitar will be joined by percussion and wind instruments. From tango to samba, the diverse music will be harmonized with quality acting to deliver an exciting musical for the Christmas season.
Tickets range from 35,000 won to 50,000 won.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays (except Mondays), 4 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 and 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Hyewha Station, line No. 4, exit 2
(02) 744-5701, www.artmadang.co.kr
KEPCO ART CENTER
Nov. 7 to Dec. 31: “March of the Youth.” Although the musical “March of the Youth” was highly successful and its writer Chu Min-ju was recognized at the 11th Korean Musical Awards, Chu decided to go back and rewrite the musical to improve the story line.
Aside from developments in the script, this year’s performance will differ with the inclusion of popular songs from singers Sin Seung-hoon, Kim Kun-mo, Lee Mun-sae and Lee Seung-cheol on the soundtrack.
Oh Young-sim is a regular girl who works at her brother-in-law’s company. She isn’t regarded as exceptionally talented or bright, preferring to spend her time daydreaming. Although other people tease her for her absentmindedness and unusual behavior, Kyung-tae is always there to support Young-sim and has had a crush on her since they were 17.
Young actresses Kim Ji-woo of “Singles” and Lee Jung-mi of “Mamma Mia!” will play the leading roles along with SG Wannabe’s Kim Yong-jun.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 60,000 won.
The musical starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays (except Mondays), 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.
Yangjae Station, line No. 3, exit 1
(02) 738-8289, www.i-pmc.co.kr
OLYMPIC PARK OLYMPIC HALL
Friday: “Cinema Concert - Autumn Sonata.” On the last night of October, you can enjoy orchestral music from the cinema at this concert.
Korean composers and performers of original film soundtracks have come together with an orchestra to deliver all the beautiful songs from your favorite movies.
Famous pieces from both Korean and foreign movies will be played such as those from “Oldboy,” “The Whole Nine Yards,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and many more.
The concert will also be an opportunity to see an array of talented performers on one stage. New Age pianist and composer No Young-sim who directed the original score of the film “Don’t Believe Her” will be joined by one of the best jazz vocalists in Korea, Woongsan, who is famous for both her voice and her looks. Harmonica player Jeon Jae-duk, who has contributed to movie soundtracks like “Tube,” will also perform along with the newly emerging star of the popera industry, Gyul, a baritone singer noted for his ability to sing soprano parts.
These artists will be joined by the Mostly Philharmonic Orchestra who will play under the baton of Kim Joo-hyun.
Tickets range from 30,000 won to 100,000won.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
(02) 565-1393, www.interpark.co.kr
DOM ART HALL
Saturday: “Jo Sung-mo - 2008 Korea-Japan Tour Concert.” After an absence of three years completing his military service, the “King of Ballads,” Jo Sung-mo, is back for a long-awaited concert.
Debuting in 1998 with the romantic ballad “To Heaven,” Jo sold over 10,000 albums - a Korean record for the 1990s. This year as he celebrates 10 years in the industry, Jo is planning to come back with a more mature style, following on from the success of the soap opera “Wind’s Flower Garden.” The theme song of the soap opera, “Song of the Wind,” performed by Jo, reached No.1 on online music charts.
After his Seoul concert, Jo will visit Busan and eight other cities in Korea before moving on to Tokyo and Osaka.
Tickets range from 22,000 won to 88,000 won.
The concert starts at 4 and 7:30 p.m.
Children’s Grand Park Station, line No. 7, exit 1
Saturday: “Byun Jin-sub - Seoul Concert.” One of Korea’s favorite balladeers, Byun Jin-sub, is performing a concert this weekend titled “Picnic in November.”
A favorite of middle-aged Koreans, Byun Jin-sub’s songs such as “Wish List,” “Like Birds,” “We Needed Love,” “Can Love Come to Me?” and “The Best Moment of Our Lives” provided the soundtracks for their lives as they experienced the trials of high school and the pains of first love.
With all these precious memories, fans will enjoy taking a trip down memory lane with the help of Byun.
Although 20 years may have passed, Byun remains the same in this fast-changing world with his smooth, pleasing voice and familiar face.
Stage director Hong Dong-gyun of “Shownation” is also collaborating with Byun for the concert.
Tickets range from 55,000 won to 66,000 won.
The concert begins at 5 and 8 p.m.
Gwangnaru Station, line No. 5, exit 2
(02) 577-1583, www.ax-korea.com
Gyeongnam FC vs. Ulsan Tigers
Changwon Jonghap, 5 p.m.
Daejeon Citizen vs. Daegu FC
Daejeon World Cup Stadium, 3:30 p.m.
Seongnam Chunma vs. Jeonbuk Motors
Tancheon Jonghap, 3 p.m.
Suwon Bluewings vs. Chunnam Dragons
Suwon World Cup Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
Jeju United vs. Pohang Steelers
Jeju World Cup Stadium, 3:30 p.m.
Busan I’Park vs. FC Seoul
Jeju Asiad, 3 p.m.
Gwangju Sangmu vs. Incheon United
Gwangju World Cup, 3:15 p.m.
KOREAN BASEBALL ORGANIZATION
Doosan Bears vs. SK Wyverns
Jamsil, 6 p.m.
Doosan Bears vs. SK Wyverns
Jamsil, 6:30 p.m.
SK Wyverns vs. Doosan Bears
Munhak, 1:30 p.m.
SK Wyverns vs. Doosan Bears
Munhak, 6 p.m.
THE SEOUL TEDDY BEAR CONVENTION AND FESTIVAL 2008, Seoul
Nov. 8 to 9: The Teddy Bear Korea Organization is holding the 2008 Seoul Teddy Bear Convention and Festival in southern Seoul next weekend.
Teddy Bear Korea Organization was established in 1998 to provide opportunities for teddy bear enthusiasts in Korea to participate in and further strengthen teddy bear culture.
It has also raised funds for charities, and promoted foreign exchanges and education for teddy bear artists.
As last year’s festival was canceled at the last minute, teddy bear lovers are especially looking forward to enjoying this year’s festival and programs, which include shows and sales of local and foreign-made teddy bears, a teddy bear competition, charity auction, a workshop by Japanese artist Hokama Hiromasa, a welcoming party and closing ceremony, and on-the-spot raffle draws.
The festival will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday at COEX in southern Seoul.
Admission is 5,000 won or 4,000 won for groups of 10 or more people.
Samseong Station, line No. 2
(02) 337-4954, www.bearseoul.com