2009. 5.23 MUSEUMS & GALLERIES...GALLERY EM
To June 13: “Itemtity.” Lee Si-woo is holding an exhibition under the title “Itemtity,” a portmanteau the artist created from the words “item” and “identity.”
With a total of 13 works on display (12 paintings and one sculpture), Lee attempts to dig deep into his soul and discover his true identity through items found in everyday life.
His 2008 piece, also titled “Itemtity,” shows a man and his avatar sitting side by side in a cafe, a strange but familiar sight with reality and cyberspace coming together. “Family of Itemtity,” one of the artist’s latest works, is another interesting piece, featuring parents and children wearing comical masks and glasses.
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and holidays.
Apgujeong Station, line No. 3, exit 2 orCheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit 9
(02) 544-8145, www.galleryem.co.kr
SEOUL MUSEUM OF ART
Thursday to Sept. 13: “Promise of Happiness - Renoir.” The largest Renoir exhibition to be held in Korea, the “Promise of Happiness” will take place from next week at the Seoul Museum of Art in central Seoul.
Pierre Auguste Renoir, who once said that “For me a picture has to be something pleasant, delightful and pretty,” was famous in the 19th century for never painting tragedies. Under the artist’s philosophy, the exhibition will present some of Renoir’s most well-loved pieces such as “Les Collettes” and “The Swing.” Portraits like “Madame Henriot” and “Monsieur et Madame Gaston Bernheim de Villers” will also be on display.
There will be a total of 118 works by the French impressionist, including at least 70 oil paintings and sketches.
The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and to 8 p.m. on weekends and holidays. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Admission fees are 12,000 won ($9.63) for adults, 10,000 won for teenagers and 8,000 won for children.
City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 1
GALLERY HYUNDAI Gangnam Space
May 26 to June 13: “Memory Gap.” Oriental painter Suh Yoon-hee has an extraordinary talent for turning trees, rivers, hills and cliffs into something deeply romantic.
This may be due to her special technique of mixing traditional Korean tea leaves in her paint, which make her artworks fade like old pictures. The method gives the effect of bringing back long-forgotten memories of something that you can’t quite remember clearly, but you can almost grasp.
The paintings displayed in this exhibition are titled after the four seasons and show the beauty of Korea’s natural scenery.
The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and is closed on Mondays.
Apgujeong Station, line No. 3, exit 2
(02) 519-0800, www.galleryhyundai.com