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Gallery Hyundai, Sagan-dong

To Sunday: Lee Ufan, 75, has returned from his retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York for a solo show. Lee was the third Asian artist to have his work exhibited at the Guggenheim, following Paik Nam-june (2000) and Cai Guo-Qiang (2008).

Through his work, Lee explores the relationship between things in their natural state and aims for moderation and coexistence.

“This exhibition will present works that cannot be simpler or more controlled than they are now,” the Japanese-based Korean artist said at a press event in mid-November.

Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays.
Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 2287-3500, www.galleryhyundai.com


Artsonje Center, Sogyeok-dong

To Jan. 15: A collaboration between the gallery and the Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne, Australia, the exhibition focuses on urbanism - something the two countries and other industrialized countries share.

The countries represented among the 17 participating teams of artists are Mexico, Lebanon and China as well as Korea and Australia.

One of the most enticing works is Melbourne-based artist Ash Keating’s “Zi Namsan Plus” (2011). The work comprises a computer graphic-generated image, hanging on a replica of a construction site fence, of a futuristic building on the slope of Mount Namsan in central Seoul. “Zi” in the title originates from the well-known Korean apartment brand “Xi.”

It is a sort of parody of the renderings of apartment complexes in progress that hang on fences at apartment construction sites, a common sight in Korea’s metropolitan areas.

Admission is 3,000 won for adults. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays.
Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 733-8945, http://artsonje.org


Cultural Station Seoul 284, Dongja-dong

To Feb. 11: This exhibition celebrates the rebirth of a landmark train station in downtown Seoul as an integrated art and cultural space.

About 20 artists ranging from renowned installation artist Lee Bul to the emerging sculptor Ham Jin exhibit at the new space, Cultural Station Seoul 284.

Works by new artists will be added every month until Feb. 11, the official opening of the center, which is expected to host a variety of cultural events.

Old Seoul Station has been closed since 2004 when a new high-speed railway station was built, but it has since been renovated as a multipurpose space.

Hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays to Fridays and to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Seoul Station, line No. 1 or 4, exit 2


Hangaram Design Museum, Seocho-dong

To Feb. 26: The retrospective of the photographer well known for provocative celebrity portraits features about 160 pieces of photography compiled over the last 25 years.

His surreal, highly sexual, sometimes grotesque and over-the-top portraits of the world’s most talked about stars, including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Lady Gaga and Angelina Jolie, made LaChapelle a household name as a fashion and celebrity photographer.

This exhibition will display well-known photos in addition to recent pieces diverging from the celebrity theme.

The museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. except for the last Monday of every month. Tickets are 13,000 won for adults.
Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
(02) 566-0835 or www.dlcseoul.com.


Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, Tongeui-dong

To March 18: Even those who don’t know much about high fashion are likely to know of Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of French fashion house Chanel. But few will know that the 73-year-old designer, who is the force behind Chanel, Fendi and his eponymous brand, is in fact a renaissance man. Not only has he taken photographs of his own fashion collections since 1987, he has published books, done illustrations and recorded music. He even starred in an animated film for children two years ago.

This exhibition, a retrospective of some 400 photographs Lagerfeld has taken since 1987, highlights his photographic skills.

Admission is 5,000 won for adults and 3,000 won for students. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Monday.
Go to Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 3 and walk for five minutes.
(02) 720-0667, www.daelimmuseum.org

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