2009.8.7 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESJEJU NATIONAL MUSEUM
To Aug. 30: “Memory From the Underground: Excavation in the Last Decade in Jeju Island.”
This summer, the Jeju National Museum has launched a one-of-a-kind exhibition that runs until the end of the month. The museum is currently displaying roughly 500 artifacts discovered in archaeological excavations on the island over the past 10 years as part of its new exhibition. These excavations unearthed a variety of items from the Stone Age all the way up to the Joseon period. The exhibition aims to introduce the history and culture of Jeju Island through these archaeological relics and artifacts. It also offers visitors the opportunity to see and understand these items and archaeology in general through special public lecture programs, such as its “Talk by an Exhibition Curator” series. Additionally, the exhibit features numerous special events for children under the theme of “We Are the Children of Archaeologists.”
Admission to the gallery is free.
The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. It is closed on Mondays. The museum is located in Jeju’s Sarabong Park, which can be accessed from Local Circular Road No. 12
(064) 720-8000, http://jeju.museum.go.kr
PYO GALLERY SEOUL
Aug. 19 to Sept. 12: “Pixel Sculptures.”
Shin Chi-Hyun’s exhibition “Pixel Sculptures” will be displayed at the Pyo Gallery Seoul in Itaewon starting Aug. 19. The artist graduated from Hongik University and completed his doctoral degree in the department of arts. He has racked up a series of impressive accomplishments, winning the 17th National Korean Art Award in 1998 and the Excellence in Art Award during the 2007 Posco outdoor sculpture competition. Additionally, he participated in the Goyang National Art Studio’s residency program in 2006. He is recognized as a talented artist who has held both domestic and international exhibitions and has been involved in a variety of art-related activities and events. The exhibition features the artist’s seventh solo exhibition. Last year, he exhibited various three-dimensional pieces and carvings as well as computer art. Shin Chi-Hyun’s current exhibit will focus on images that feature a combination of human body parts with those of different animals including deer, elephants, ostriches and spiders, among others.
The museum is located near the Grand Hyatt hotel.
(02) 543-7337, email@example.com
GRAND HYATT SEOUL
Aug. 21 to 23: “Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair.”
Locals and visitors will soon get the chance to visit what is quickly become the leading art fair in Asia.
Top-notch Asian galleries will come together at the Grand Hyatt Seoul to hold the second “Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair” from Aug. 21 to 23. The fair displays artwork in diversified groupings, such as pictures on beds and sculptures installed in bathtubs. This unique approach provides innovative, fun ways for patrons and collectors to view works of art. The overarching goal is to show the unity in various areas of the Asian art world. There will be a variety of programs including an auction room, a young artist exhibition, a special lecture series by Jemma Han and a star exhibition by Naul and Minki Zio.
These programs will give visitors the opportunity to experience the diversity of the fair. The gallery is open from 2 to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is 10,000 won ($8.16) for adults and 5,000 won for students. From Samgakji Station, line No. 4, exit 1, take the green 03 bus to the Hyatt.
(02) 741-6320, www.hotelartfair.co.kr
DOOSAN ART CENTER
To Aug. 20: “The Photograph as Contemporary Art.”
During the early 19th century, the birth of photography was used as a tool to capture images from the real world. A hundred years later, in the early 20th century, artists started dipping their toes into the field by including photographic elements in their works and using photos themselves as art. By doing so, they opened up a whole new realm in the world of art. Today, photography continues to heavily influence art, and modern technologies are taking the field in yet another new direction. Due to the rapidly developing contemporary art scene and the emergence of computer-based technologies, the freedom to manipulate images and meld real and virtual scenes together has become the base for a powerful medium of expression and imagination. “The Photograph as Contemporary Art” exhibition will display works from a dozen different artists that contributed to this new era of photography-based art.
The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day except Monday. Admission is free.
Jongno 5-ga Station, line No. 1, exit 1
(02) 708-5015 or 708-5050, www.doosangallery.com