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To Jan. 14: “Perspective Strikes Back.” This exhibition takes a critical look at Korea’s rapid growth in the field of construction.

It was inspired by artist Minouk Lim’s SOS performance, which explored trends in construction along the banks of the Han River as well as Okwui Enwezor’s notion of andromodernity and the way it has defined the developments taking place in East Asian countries. Okwui Enwezor is a Nigerian-born American educator, poet, writer, art critic, and curator specializing in art history. He believes that modernization in Korea is a typical example of the way the Western model of modernization has been adopted in Asia, and argues that this has become the sole criterion for what is considered advanced in today’s world.

The exhibition also aims to give voice to people and ideas that go against the traditional masculine narrative of the state, marking their struggles as a possibility for a new world. In particular, by applying feminist perspectives to these issues, the complex construction of gender and the ramifications of its representations are explored through the perspectives of a younger generation of women who are trying to re-establish themselves outside of patriarchal conflicts and all kinds of violence.

Jongno 5-ga Station, line No. 1, exit 1



To Jan. 30: “Transformation in Art.” This exhibition deals with humans’ desire to constantly change and modify themselves. Nineteen artists working in different genres have come together to explore overcoming the impossible and achieving their goals.

In the exhibit, the entire museum becomes the artists’ canvas. There are art pieces installed in the museum’s entrance, bathrooms, elevator and even the stairs.

The exhibition is guided by four different concepts: Evolution, Masks and Things. Evolution deals with humans combined with other living organisms, which transforms the figure not only physically but mentally as well. This represents the environmental problems that the modern society faces in regards to mutation. Masks deals with the loss of human identity or the efforts to hinder it. This highlights the ways people respond to different situations. The artists displaying work in the Things section attempt to give new meaning to ordinary objects.

Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1



To Feb. 7: “Joo Myung Duck Photography II.” Joo is a photographer who has captured Korean landscapes through his lens for the past 40 years. The exhibition tries to draw new attention to the scenic beauty of Korea. Joo will show early landscape photos that have never been printed as well as new work.

The series is bathed in dark tones, which for Joo represents more than an absence of color or light. In these original prints, forests, branches and stretches of grass are limned in duskiness, revealing their dynamic qualities.

The black-tinged photos are produced by accumulating light in the sensitized papers during the developing and printing process in the darkroom. Joo tries to capture every detail in a photograph and strives to preserve the everlasting vitality of nature.

Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 4



To Feb. 15: “Peppermint Candy: Contemporary Art from Korea in Seoul.” This exhibition was the first to introduce contemporary Korean art to audiences in South America. It was shown at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in Santiago, Chile, and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2007 and 2008.

The title was taken from the film of the same name directed by Lee Chang-dong in 1999. The title also refers to the candy, whose sweet and piquant flavor evokes the fragile values, and the fresh and sharp feel, of youth.

The 23 participating artists were all born in the 1960s and 1970s and grew up in the 1980s, which was the most turbulent period in contemporary Korean history.

The exhibition investigates the historical environment in which Korean artists have worked since the 1980s. It focuses on the political, social and cultural circumstances that have influenced their art; how an artist’s individual thoughts, experiences and memories coincide with history; and how these experiences are expressed in each work of art on display.

One South American publication praised the exhibition for introducing “the newest and most shocking aspects of Korea art,” and La Seguda, a leading newspaper in Chile, wrote that it was the “best exhibition of the year.”

Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1


*Information is culled from the galleries and other online sources.
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