2009. 5.9 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESGALLERY SSAMZIE
May 13 to 31: “New Craft.” In March, Gallery Ssamzie held a competition to select a number of talented artists to represent Korea’s contemporary craft art. The works the nine finalists presented show how the nation’s traditional craft design can handle modern subjects. The New Craft exhibition includes fresh and creative ideas inspired by nature. Many of the pieces are ceramic, but they each carry their own different meanings and colors. Lee Eun-joo’s ceramic mugs are trendy and exquisite, while at the same time environmentally friendly. Shin Hee-sun’s cup called the “Cactus” is not only useful, it also provokes thoughts about the circle of life.
The gallery is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 6; Jonggak Station, line No. 1, exit 3
For details call (02) 736-0900 or see www.ssamziegil.co.kr.
NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM OF
May 23: Instead of just looking at ancient relics of the Joseon Dynasty at exhibitions, this hands-on experience allows families to make their own replicas of ancient relics out of natural soap at the National Palace Museum of Korea, located on the grounds of Gyeongbok Palace, central Seoul. Up to 20 families are able to apply for the classes that will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 2 to 4 p.m. on May 23. Participation fees for one family are 20,000 won ($15), and registration is only available through the museum’s official Web site. After making replica ancient relics out of natural soaps, families will also have the chance to see real ancient relics in the exhibition rooms.
For more information, call (02) 3701-7645, extension 6, or visit www.gogung.go.kr.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF
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.
Take line No. 4 to Seoul Grand Park Station, exit 4.
For more details, call (02) 2188-6000 or visit www.moca.go.kr.