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2009.1.29 Event Calendar

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Gwacheon, Gyeonggi

To Feb. 22: “Korean Art 1910-1960.” Art aficionados can take in early to modern Korean art in one sitting at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Gwacheon, south of Seoul.

The exhibition traces the early development of modern Korean art. The highly valuable works of notable artist Park Soo-keun, whose “A Washing Place” was sold for a record 4.52 billion won ($4.51 million) last May, will be showcased.

Also on display will be the works of Korea’s first female painter of note, Na Hae-suck, as well as one of Korea’s first Impressionists, Oh Ji-ho, and leading modern artist Lee Jung-sup.

Tickets cost 500 won ($0.36) to 1,000 won.

The exhibition is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and to 9 p.m. on weekends.

Seoul Grand Park Station, line No. 4, exit 4

(02) 2188-6000, www.moca.go.kr



SEOUL ARTS CENTER, Hangaram Exhibition Hall

Monday to May 15: “2009 Gustav Klimt Exhibition in Korea.” With the cooperation of the Belvedere Museum of Vienna, Austria, the Seoul Arts Center is hosting the first Asian exhibition of Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt’s works.

Klimt was one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Art Nouveau movement. His major works include paintings and murals.

Klimt’s primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by elements of eroticism, distinguished by elegant gold-colored phallic shapes.

Art historians note an eclectic range of influences contributing to Klimt’s distinct style, including Egyptian, Minoan, classical Greek and Byzantine inspirations. His mature works are characterized by a rejection of earlier naturalistic styles. He is also famous for using symbolic elements to convey the “freedom” of art from traditional culture.

Tickets range from 4,000 won to 16,000 won.

Exhibition hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in February and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in March.

Nambu Bus Terminal, line No. 3, exit 5

(02) 334-4254, www.klimtkorea.co.kr




THE LOUNGE, LOTTE HOTEL

Saturday: “One Self Live with Windy City.” The U.K. duo One Self is performing in Seoul this weekend with the Korean soul band Windy City.

Although the group One Self might not be a household name, D.J. Vadim is known for his creative, funky and soulful dub reggae music. D.J. Vadim is a prolific D.J. and producer who combines hip hop, soul, reggae and electronica characterized by precise sampling and looping. He has worked with The Roots, The Pharcyde, Public Enemy, Beat Junkies, Dilated Peoples, Morcheeba, Super Furry Animals and Paul Weller.

The powerful vocals of Yarah Bravo, together with the combination of live and electronic music, the turntables, art and dance in a sleek venue will keep dance fans up all night.

The Korean band Windy City will be the featured guest performer, along with D.J. Solegene, J-Path, Mr. Fudge and V.J. Sepp.

Tickets cost 25,000 won.

Doors open at 9 p.m. and the party lasts from 4 p.m. Sunday.

Euljiro 1-ga Station, line No. 2

(02) 542-1567, www.interpark.co.kr



SEOUL ARTS CENTER CONCERT HALL

Saturday: As part of the Classic Passion 2009 Vincero Orchestra Series, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin will perform a concert in Seoul under the baton of Marek Janowski, with Kim Sun-wook as guest pianist.

The Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin symphony orchestra was founded in 1923. Janowski has been its principal conductor since 2002. The orchestra’s distinguished principal conductor has created a body of work whose repertoire ranges from the pre-classical to the modern period. Since its foundation, the orchestra has demonstrated a particular commitment to contemporary music.

Pianist Kim Sun-wook, the first Korean and Asian pianist to win the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, has also had success in the Ettlingen International Piano Competition and the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition. Audiences, critics and fellow musicians speak glowingly of his musical maturity.

The program for the concert includes Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor “Unfinished” D.759, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major Op. 58, and Symphony No. 5 in E minor Op. 98.

The concert begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 50,000 won to 180,000 won.

Nambu Bus Terminal, line No. 3, exit 5

(02) 599-5743, www.vincero.co.kr



SEJONG CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, M Theater

Sunday: “New Age Concert with Special Commentary for Teenagers.” Last year in August, the “New Age Concert with Special Explanation for Teenagers” proved to be a great success.

These days, Korean teenagers, obsessed with pop music, tend to avoid listening to traditional Korean music. Thus the objective of this concert is to demonstrate new aspects of Korean music.

The New Age concert features compositions that fuse Korean traditional music with today’s popular music.

For the sake of youths who are not familiar with traditional music, commentary will be provided during the performance.

Also, students will be given the opportunity to experience many instruments hands-on.

Tickets range from 15,000 won to 30,000 won.

The concert begins at 4 p.m.

Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1 or 8

(02) 585-5405, www.sejongpac.or.kr



BAEKAM ART HALL

Feb. 6: “Star, Moon, Night.” Already being hyped by industry insiders as the “new wave” of Korean modern rock, Zitten will finally give its first solo concert.

Comprised of members Seong Yong-wook and Yoon Hyeong-ro, Zitten quickly gained a following after it released its first album. With compelling songs and vocals, the band emerged as the group to look out for on the modern rock scene. At the concert, Zitten fans will also get to see another modern rock band, Sister’s Parlor.

Tickets cost 30,000 won when purchased in advance and 33,000 won at the door.

The concert begins at 8 p.m.

Samseong Station, line No. 2

(02) 3142-2981, www.pastelmusic.com



SEOUL ARTS CENTER, Free Theater

To March 1: “Kobang Kobang.” Described as a “musical drama,” the children’s play “Kobang Kobang” comes from a folk tale beloved of Korean children, “Brother and Sister to be Sun and Moon.”

The term “kobang kobang” refers to children’s singing, and the play hopes to open young minds to a magical new world.

The dynamic live performance, which features a percussion band as well as the clown-like movements of its actors, has been a hit with young theatergoers in the past.

Tickets range from 20,000 won to 25,000 won.

The show is staged at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays, and 1 and 3 p.m. on Fridays through Sundays. There are no performances on Mondays.

Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1 or 8

(02) 580-1400, www.sac.or.kr



HOAM ART HALL

Thursday to Feb. 22: “I Really Really Like You.” One of the most popular musicals of 2008, Korea’s very own “Mamma Mia!” is back for the new year.

The musical is based on the hit “Really, Really” movie series that was popular with teens in the 1970s and ’80s. Its subject matter deals with the hopes and romances of teenagers, which is cleverly intertwined with classic Korean pop songs.

The lively acting and singing by the performers, along with an actual live band, should appeal to audiences of all ages.

Park Hae-mi and other experienced musical actors and actresses will be participating to ensure another smash hit this year.

Tickets range from 55,000 won to 88,000 won.

The show is staged at 8 p.m. on weekdays (except for Mondays), 3 and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 and 6 p.m. on Sundays.

City Hall Station, lines No. 1 or 2, exit 9

1544-0412, www.showticket.co.kr



THEATER THE OTHER, Daehangno

Sunday to March 29: “Audition.” Is it a musical or a concert? The creative production “Audition” is truly a think-outside-the-box musical. There is no boundary between actors and musicians, with the actors singing and playing their instruments live.

The story itself is about a struggling rock band that performs on a diverse range of concert stage sets. The six members of the band play every day as they search for inspiration, and just like any other band, they are constantly struggling to make better music.

With a romance and an unfortunate accident thrown into the plot, the teenage band’s future is always in doubt. But the energy and ambition of these youngsters will steal the show.

Tickets cost 30,000 won for all seats.

The show is staged at 8 p.m. on weekdays, 4 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.

Hyewha Station, line No. 4, exit 2

(02) 765-8108, www.interpark.co.kr


KOREA BASKETBALL LEAGUE

Today

KT&G Kites vs. SK Knights

Anyang, 7 p.m.

Dongbu Promy vs. Samsung Thunders

Wonju Chiak, 7 p.m.

www.kbl.or.kr



KOREA VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE

Today

Hyundai Green Fox vs. Heungkuk Life Pink

Spiders

Olympic 2nd Gym, 5 p.m.

Korean Air Jumbos vs. Hyundai Skywalkers

Olympic 2nd Gym, 7 p.m.

Tomorrow

GS Caltex vs. KT&G Ariels

Olympic 2nd Gym, 5 p.m.

Sangmu KAFAC vs. LIG Greaters

Olympic 2nd Gym, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Suwon Kepco 45 vs. Daejeon Samsung Blue Fangs

Olympic 2nd Gym, 3 p.m.

Heungkuk Life Pink Spiders vs. KEX Corp.

Olympic 2nd Gym, 5 p.m.

Sunday

Hyundai Skywalkers vs. LIG Greaters

Olympic 2nd Gym, 2 p.m.

KT&G Ariels vs. Hyundai Green Fox

Olympic 2nd Gym, 4 p.m.

Monday

Daejeon Samsung Blue Fangs vs. Sangmu KAFAC

Olympic 2nd Gym, 5 p.m.

Korean Air Jumbos vs. Suwon KEPCO 45

Olympic 2nd Gym, 7 p.m.

www.kovo.co.kr


THE 12th ICEFISH FESTIVAL, Inje, Gangwon

Friday to Tuesday: Inje County is hosting the 12th Icefish Festival under the theme, “Endless Ice Plain! Unfinished Joyfulness.”

The four-day festival will be held around Inje and Soyang Lake. The unique Icefish Festival, hosted by Inje County residents, will provide an opportunity for visitors to experience mountain village culture while taking in the freshly caught smelt and snow-covered scenery of the inner Mount Seorak region.

Soyang Lake, the nation’s largest freshwater lake, is formed from the clear water flowing from Mount Seorak. It is also a popular place for angling during the smelt breeding season.

The annual festival is held in winter when the lake freezes over, which provides a fitting venue for the so-called ice theme park.

Inje Icefish Festival participants can experience Korean mountain culture with a range of fishing and food-tasting events.

Another favorite festival attraction are the sporting competitions, which include ice rafting, ice bowling, ice soccer and ice hockey.

From Seoul, take a bus at Dong Seoul Express Bus Terminal to Gangwon.

Dong Seoul Express Bus Terminal Station, line No. 2, exit 3

(033) 460-2082, www.injefestival.co.kr
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