2009. 4.11 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESGALLERY SSAMZIE
To April 19: “Landscape and Scenery.” Lee Joon-kyu, one of the few mezzotint artists in engraving left today, is holding an exhibition. Mezzotint is a complicated printmaking process which requires patience and technique. Lee, who has been acclaimed by many art critics as one of the finest in his field, has always shown passion for nature and the environment. On this occasion, he presents 20 new pieces of his latest work. His prints are frank and unapologetic, with contrasting images like cement buildings and pine trees.
His works will remind you of what we have, and what we are missing out on at the same time.
The gallery is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Anguk Station, line 3, exit 6; Jonggak Station, line No. 1, exit 3
(02) 736-0900, www.ssamziegil.co.kr
To May 10: “Su Yu Hsien.” Taiwanese graphic artist Su Yu Hsien is holding an exhibition starting this week. Hsien presents some extraordinary pieces of his 2007 “Donghe Hardware Series,” which portrays images of humans in nature. Visitors should also take special notice of other interesting works such as “Identify a type, fine to touch, to press, to feel,” (2007) and the “Cold Scab C-print.” (2008). His latest piece, titled “Ice Mountain,” will be on display as well.
Numerous art critics have appraised Hsien as an artist who can combine creativity and skill in his own exquisite way. Stop by the Pyo Gallery at Itaewon and see for yourself.
The exhibition is open from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2
(02) 543-7337, www.pyoart.com
COEX INDIAN HALL
April 15 to 19: “The Fourth Seoul Open Art Fair.” One of the largest art festivals in Korea is kicking off for the fourth time this coming Wednesday. The Seoul Open Art Fair, which first launched in 2006, will take place at the COEX Indian Hall this year. About 80 or so art galleries are participating in this event. The exhibit will include 5,500 pieces ranging from paintings, sculptures, photography, visual art, prints, installation art and more.
This year’s SOAF has been highly anticipated for another reason. The organizers have reported that there will be a special booth called “Star Arts Project” presenting works of six Korean celebrities, which means visitors will be able to see the art of famous names including actresses Kim Hye-soo and Shim Eun-ha. Visitors will not only get to see the piece, but also a chance to purchase them. The proceeds will go to charity.
The fair is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tickets are 7,000 won for adults and 5,000 won for students and groups.
Samseong Station, line No. 2, exit 5
(02) 545-3314, www.soaf.co.kr