2009. 4.25 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESGANA ART SPACE
April 29 to May 5: “ Park Hyun-woong: Bon Bon”
Take a trip to fantasyland. Park’s works depict a world that is bright and imaginative, where delicious-looking candies and colorful balloons float far from reality. While the images may seem light and sweet, the message being conveyed is more serious. Park seems to be urging viewers to gain new perspectives on life by putting themselves in a new environment.
Art critic Lee Sun-young says Park’s work is “so enjoyable that you want to be part of the painting.”
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the exhibition is on the first floor.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 6
(02) 734-1333, http://gana.insaartcenter.com
To May 10: “Family Painting”
Dugahun Gallery commemorates May, the national month of family, with a special exhibition featuring works by three renowned Korean painters: Lee Jung-sup, Park Soo-keun and Chang Uc-chin. The works in the exhibition are united by the theme of family, which is defined here as all groups that are connected in some way.
Lee, who spent several years apart from his wife and children when he was unable to support them, shows paintings that reflect his loneliness. Park uses simple lines and shapes to create images of Korean families in the 1950s. Chang’s pieces use the sun and the moon to represent love and purity in paintings that also include images of trees beside houses, cows and children.
The gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and closed Mondays.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1
Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 5
(02) 2287-3551, www.galleryhyundai.com
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, KOREA
To June 7: “Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art”
For the last several years, the art world has been captivated by the works of contemporary Indian artists. Following this trend, this exhibition gives locals a chance to get a closer look at India’s modern art scene.
Included here is a work by Reena Saini Kallat, whose “Synonym” is made of painted rubber stamps into which are carved the names of the victims of conflicts between India and Pakistan.
Bharti Kher’s “The Skin Speaks a Language Not Its Own” is a gigantic elephant covered with bindi, a teardrop-shared forehead decoration worn by women in India.
The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.
The museum is closed Mondays.
Admission is 5,000 won ($3.72) for adults and 3,000 won for children ages 7 to 18.
There is no fee for seniors 65 and over.
Seoul Grand Park Station, line No. 4, exit 4
(02) 2188-6000, www.moca.go.kr.