2011.9.1 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESJOURNEY TO INDIAN MYTHOLOGY
National Folk Museum of Korea, Gyeongbok Palace
To Sept. 19: This exhibition showcases the Vedas (ancient texts originating in India containing the oldest Hindu scriptures and the oldest forms of Sanskrit literature), Hindu legends, sculptures, masks and paintings of Hindu gods and goddesses as well as shrines and tools for rituals. Admission is free.
The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from March to October and is closed on Tuesdays.
Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1
(02) 3704-3114, www.nfm.go.kr
MUSEE D’ORSAY: DREAM AND REALITY
To Sept. 25: This exhibition, with a total of 134 works, including more than 70 paintings, photographs and drawings, is the third, and largest, exhibition of the Musee d’Orsay collection in Korea.
This year’s exhibition features some of the most famous works in history, such as Van Gogh’s “Starry Night Over the Rhone,” Monet’s “Camille Monet on Her Deathbed,” Renoir’s “Young Boy with a Cat,” Cezanne’s “Card Players” and the Barbizon school painter Jean-Francois Millet’s “Spring.”
Admission is 12,000 won ($11.25) for adults. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends.
Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
(02) 325-1077, www.orsay2011.co.kr
To Sept. 25: Pop Art by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Man Ray are among the 87 works by 47 artists shown in this collection from the Whitney Museum of American Art. Titled “Object” after the works of French Surrealist Marcel Duchamp, the show also features pieces from Claes Oldenburg’s “Soft Version” series.
Admission is 12,000 won for adults.
The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays and until 8:30 p.m. Fridays to Sundays.
City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 1
(02) 2188-6114, www.moca.go.kr
interSPACE Ilwoo Space, Seosomun Street
Projected onto a large screen, Hong’s “Organic Geometry” shows computer graphics developing from a single pixel just like an organism sprouting from a seed. Meanwhile, Han’s media work on two flat-screen display panels shows the movement of the moon reflected in a pool of water in a white porcelain bowl, representing the flow of time.
Admission is free.
The galley opens at 10 a.m. on weekdays, at 1 p.m. on Saturdays, at 1:30 p.m. on Sundays and closes at 6:30 p.m. daily. The gallery is closed on Mondays.
City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 10
(02) 753-6502, www.ilwoo.org
Cultural Station Seoul 284, Dongja-dong
To Feb. 11, 2012: This exhibition celebrates the rebirth of a landmark train station in downtown Seoul as an integrated art and cultural space after an extensive two-year restoration process.
About 20 artists ranging from world famous installation artist Lee Bul to the emerging sculptor Ham Jin are exhibiting their work at the new space, called Cultural Station Seoul 284.
Works by new artists will be added every month until Feb. 11, the day of the official opening of the center, which is expected to accommodate a variety of cultural and art events. Old Seoul Station, a Renaissance-style two-story building which was constructed in 1925 and survived the 1950-53 Korean War, has been closed since 2004, when Seoul built a new high-speed railway station right next to it. The first and second floors were renovated as multi-purpose halls for exhibitions, conferences and archives.
A performance created by the artist Yeesockyung, the traditional dancer Lee Jeong-hwa and others, will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 7, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1.
Admission is free until Sept. 30 and 2,000 won for adults beginning Oct. 1.
Hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays to Fridays and to 9 p.m. on weekends. It is closed on Mondays.
Seoul Station, line No. 1 or 4, exit 2
*Information is culled from the galleries and other online sources.