2009. 11.6 MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
SEOUL MUSEUM OF HISTORY,
To Nov. 8: “Reminiscence of Seoul.”
This exhibition displays images of Seoul from the last century photographed by three foreigners: Albert W. Taylor, Fred W. Dykes and Nomura Motoyuki.
Having been taken by non-Koreans, these images contain elements or entire subjects that locals may have deemed uninteresting or irrelevant. Some images also record significant events such as King Gojong’s funeral and the demonstrations of the independence movement. Many historic buildings, sites and monuments that no longer exist are also captured in the photographs.
The exhibition serves as a genuine look at Seoul, recounting how the city became what it is today.
“Reminiscence of Seoul” will run through Nov. 8 at the Seoul Museum of History.
The exhibition is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays to Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.
Tickets cost 700 won for adults (60 cents), and children can get in free.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 7
MICHAEL SCHULTZ GALLERY SEOUL, Cheongdam-dong
To Nov. 13: “Kim Yusob - Pieces of Paradise.”
Kim Yusob, who graduated from the Academy of the Arts in Berlin, Germany, is currently holding an exhibition at the Michael Schultz Gallery in Cheongdam-dong, southern Seoul.
His new works, displayed in the “Pieces of Paradise” exhibit, display Kim’s artistic talents through his use of primary colors.
Following in the footsteps of world-renowned painter Alexei Jawlensky, Kim’s works combine both matter and essence through extensive research and blending colors to form depth.
Using bright colors, these paintings represent purely abstract drawings that examine - in the broadest sense of the word - the four elements: water, fire, air and earth.
Kim successfully manages to capture the beauty of nature and brilliantly marks it in his paintings. His use of colors exposes energetic emotions and further develops the human mind.
Through his different combinations of colors and shapes, he aims to create a certain type of imagination that will challenge the objectivity of nature.
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays.
Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit 9
(02) 546-7955, www.schultzgallery.co.kr
THE MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY, Songpa District
To Nov. 21: “Groupe Novembre: Paris-Seoul.”
Photographs by Monique Cabasso, Chong Jae-kyoo, Xavier Lucchesi, Olivier Perrot, Martial Verdier and Salvatore Puglia - the so-called Groupe Novembre - are on display at the Museum of Photography in Seoul.
The group was first created more than 10 years ago. Since their first exhibition together, they have been working with the writer and philosopher Jean-Louis Poitevin.
The group’s essential characteristic is each artist’s individual approach to the photographic medium. Another interesting element is how they work together as a group. Those involved all work collegially, yet the independence of each member is fully respected. The positions in the field of photography adopted by the group - which was founded on the principles of freedom and autonomy - function in direct relation to the artists’ aesthetic and theoretical choices.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekends.
Mongchontoseong Station, line No. 8, exit 2
(02) 418-1316, www.photomuseum.or.kr
To Nov 22: “The Panthera Collection: Kimuse Revivals.”
Following her successful exhibition of Kimuse Revivals handbags at Lotte AvenueL Art Gallery in 2008, artist Kim Sun shows pieces from her new Panthera Collection in this exhibit.
Kimuse Revivals, a collection of European fine jewelry handbags, was born out of the artist’s 30 years of passion and hard work.
Inspired by decorative elements in Victorian, art deco and art nouveau works, Kim works with original antique frames that depict various themes or scenarios. Her lifelong affection for panthers and mythical Korean tigers is the basis for the works in this collection, which integrate precious gems such as diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds and luxury materials including ostrich, seal, lizard and crocodile skin. Each and every handbag is designed to tell a story.
The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays to Saturdays.
Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit 9
(02) 549-7574, http://parkryusookgallery.co.kr
Information culled from the galleries and other online sources.