2009.9.4 MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
To Sept. 13: “Turn Into Me.”
After hosting a fashion exhibition and a cinema program, the Prada Transformer has once again been rotated to take a new form.
The shape-shifting building, designed by Rem Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, is now the site of an exhibition featuring the works of rising Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg.
The Berlin-based artist is best known for her strange stop-motion animation works, which she combines with art displays. Only 31, Djurberg was honored with the Silver Lion award for the best young artist at the 53rd Venice Biennale this year.
For the exhibit in Seoul, Djurberg has turned the Prada architectural marvel into a cave with undulating white felt and padded gray layers. The exhibition focuses on showcasing a series of dark, moody and sexually charged animation through a child-like perspective that will challenge viewers’ ways of thinking.
Admission is free but advance reservations are needed.
The gallery is open from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays. The exhibition is not open on Mondays.
Seodaemun Station, line No. 5, exit 4
(02) 737-4773, www.prada-transformer.com
HORIM ART CENTER, Sinsa-dong
To Sept. 20: “Exhibition of Early Celadon.”
The Horim Art Center is hosting a large exhibition featuring 200 pieces of ancient celadon, the first type of pottery developed by Koreans.
A highlight of the exhibit is the Celadon Jar, which is the biggest piece of celadon from the Goryeo Dynasty ever shown to the public. It measures 48 centimeters (18.9 inches) high and has a diameter of 50 centimeters.
The exhibit also includes celadon inlaid with iron-rich clay drawings.
Additionally, visitors will see the many uses of celadon over and above the serving of food. There are celadon drums, plates, tiles and poles, among other types of pieces on display.
Tickets cost 8,000 won ($6.41). Admission is free on the last Thursday of each month.
The exhibition is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Sinsa Station, line No. 3, exit 1
(02) 541-3523, www.horimmuseum.org
SEOUL MUSEUM OF HISTORY, Gwanghwamun
To Sept. 20: “Gwanghwamun: Rewinding the Clock.”
The Seoul Museum of History is hosting an exhibition focusing on the history of Gwanghwamun Gate, a display timed to help promote the recent opening of Gwanghwamun Plaza.
Gwanghwamun stands as a national symbol of Seoul and represents the culture of Korea.
It shows the history of the city, providing a lens that reflects the life stories of the state and the people as well as the history of their rituals and everyday life.
The exhibition will serve as an opportunity for visitors to reflect on the country’s past and explore its future by examining the gate’s role in society.
Admission costs 700 won.
The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays - with the exception of Monday, when it is closed - and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 7
(02) 724-0114, www.museum.seoul.kr
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HISTORY, Seoul
To Sept 27: “Goguryeo Figures from Murals.”
Mural paintings from the Goguryeo Kingdom (37 B.C.-A.D. 668) highlight the accomplishments and glories of ancient Korea.
Now, the National Museum of Korea is shining the spotlight on the Goguryeo Dynasty by displaying copies of nine elaborate tomb paintings, part of a collection of 120 such works that the museum owns.
The goal of the exhibition is to rediscover the various people who shaped the culture of Goguryeo through tomb murals.
Visitors can expect to see numerous early mural paintings of Goguryeo, portraying many types of people engaged in a variety of activities.
The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. It is closed on Mondays.
Ichon Station, line No. 4, exit 2
(02) 2077-9000, www.museum.go.kr