2010. 4.16 MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Through May 30: “Otto Dix - Social Criticism.” As an artist noted for his ruthless and harshly realistic depictions of Weimar society and of the brutality of war, Dix is widely considered to be one of the most important artists of the Neue Sachlichkeit, or New Objectivity, movement, which arose in the 1920s as a response to expressionism and encompassed many forms of art.
Dix was profoundly affected by the sights of the war and revealed his traumatic experiences in many of his works, including a portfolio of 50 etchings called “The War,” which was published in 1924.
Also on display is “Social Criticism,” a collection that focuses on the cruel ironies of society in the period between 1920 and 1924. Dix’s creations have been called by critics as some of the most powerful anti-war statements in modern art.
The gallery is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Seoul National University Station, line No. 2, exit 3
(02) 880-9504, www.snumoa.org
KUKJE GALLERY, Sogyeok-dong
Through April 30: “Kim Hong Joo.” Kim is one of the most celebrated artists in Korea, having built his reputation through several major exhibitions in Korea and abroad.
Kim believes that the images he creates do not serve the purpose of delivering a particular symbol or message. Rather, he seeks to create a meaningful blankness, allowing viewers to place their own meaning onto his art.
This exhibition, the artist’s third solo show at Kukje, will display pieces that incorporate flowers, nature and words. Kim studied Western art at Hongik University and in the early 1970s began to experiment with conceptual art. Moving on to hyperrealism, he began to focus on the delineation of various subjects, primarily flowers and landscapes and taking a greater interest in the art of drawing than in the subjects themselves.
Kim has won several awards, one of the most notable being the New Frontier Award, which he won at the Korea Grand Art Competition. His works are part of public collections at the Fukuoka Art Museum, National Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea, Total Museum in Seoul and the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul.
The gallery is open Mondays to Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1
(02) 733-4879, www.kukjegallery.com
ARARIO GALLERY, Sokyuk-dong
The gallery is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1
(041) 551-5102, www.arariogallery.com
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA, Ichon-dong
Through June 20: “Ten-Panel Folding Screen with Peonies Exhibition.” This exhibit offers a rare opportunity to see a folding screen from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).
The screen was acquired by the museum in 1921 and put through a rigorous preservation process. It is on display here for the first time in 80 years.
The screen, which is nearly 2 meters (6.6 feet) high and 6 meters wide, is thought to have been created in the late 18th century. Folded
In the past, peonies were called the king of flowers, symbolic of spring. Not only does this piece boast a natural, elegant beauty with its cluster of peonies and silky colors, but it provides a key to understanding the processes involved in the making of folding screens.
Folding screens decorated with peonies were used not only by the public for festive occasions, but also in the royal family for important events such as weddings.
The museum is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is also open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Ichon Station, line No. 4, exit 2
(02) 2077-9487, www.museum.go.kr
*Information is culled from the galleries and other online sources.