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Seoul Museum of Art, Seosomun-dong


To Dec. 19: The Seoul Art Exhibition is an annual event organized by the Seoul Museum of Art that highlights current trends in modern art in Korea. From 1985 to 2003, the exhibition displayed the works of well-known artists of the time and included Korean painting, Western painting, prints and sculpture.

The focus of this year’s exhibition is modern Korean sculpture. Rather than being organized according to traditional classifications for art - such as representational or abstract - the exhibition adopts a comprehensive approach in order to illustrate various aspects of modern sculpture. On display are traditional sculptures as well as works that incorporate various media and may not easily be labeled as sculpture. In this way, the exhibition also demonstrates the evolution of Korean sculpture.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.
City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 1 or 12
(02) 2124-8938

Urigurut Ryu


To Dec. 31: To celebrate Christmas, this gallery, which specializes in ceramic crafts, presents an exhibition of works by ceramic artists including Jang Gwan-sun, painters including Kang Ji-man and fashion designers.

The show, entitled “Eat, Drink and Love for Christmas,” features clothes, accessories and ceramic vessels used for holiday parties and book-shaped ceramics with biblical texts to remind people of the meaning of Christmas.

A portion of the sales of the artworks will be donated to help needy people and abandoned animals.

Go to Apgujeong Station, line No. 3, exit 5, and walk 10 minutes toward Garosugil.
(02) 549 7573

Die Galerie, Cheongdam-dong


To Dec. 31: Die Galerie presents an exhibit by one of the artists selected for their project, “Finding Young Artists of Korea.” Through the project, the gallery supports emerging artists by sponsoring their exhibitions.

Through her work, artist Chu Mi-rim expresses her perspective on various 21st century subjects, especially the Internet and its role in society.

The artist regards the Internet as “a huge place that is like a city” and “is comprised of numerous pixels that represent ourselves.”

In this world, an image is enlarged so that the individual pixels are seen and each individual pixel represents a person.

The artist sends a strong message about the effects of advances in science and technology on humans’ struggle to create a utopia.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Gangnam-gu Office Station, line No. 7, exit 4
(02) 3447-0048

Kumho Museum, Sagan-dong


To Feb. 6: The Kumho Museum celebrates their 21st anniversary with an exhibition entitled “21 and Their Times.” The exhibition features 21 of the more than 600 artists who have previously shown their works at the museum.

According to the museum, the 21 selected artists have contributed in formulating the image of what makes the museum today through exhibitions that were particularly unique and innovative.

The exhibition illustrates the different roads that the participating artists have taken through the years and how their work has developed. It features both well-known and new works by the 21 artists.

Participating artist Kim Tae-ho praised the museum’s role in supporting emerging artists in a museum press release on Friday.

“Kumho was always a great supporter when there were not many places for experimental artists to show their work,” Kim said. “I don’t think there is one solid talent in Korea who has not been through these doors.”

The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, or Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 5
(02) 720-5114

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