2012.2.9 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESCOUNTDOWN
Cultural Station Seoul 284, Dongja-dong
To Saturday: 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.
Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday to Friday and to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Seoul Station, line No. 1 or 4, exit 2
TELL ME TELL ME
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon
To Feb. 19: This show arrives in Korea after having opened in a Sydney suburb last summer. A collaboration between Korea’s National Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, the exhibition features 130 artworks from both museums’ collections, highlighting the historical and ongoing connections between Australian and Korean art. The show was inspired by Korean-born video art pioneer Paik Nam-june’s 1976 visit to Sydney and the 1976 Sydney Biennale, in which some Korean artists, including minimalist Lee Ufan, participated.
Admission is 5,000 won ($4.50) for adults.
Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and until 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Go to Seoul Grand Park Station, line No. 4, exit 4, and take the shuttle bus.
(02) 2188-6114, www.moca.go.kr
ORCHID AND BAMBOO PAINTINGS
To Feb. 19: This exhibition features two artists who lived through the late Joseon era and the Japanese colonial period.
Gim Eung-won (1855-1921), one of the featured artists, was a follower of the style of Heungseon Daewongun, the father of King Gojong who was not only an ambitious politician but also an excellent painter. The other artist is Gim Gyu-jin (1868-1933), who was a master of bamboo paintings in his time.
Admission is free.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 2, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 720-1524~6, www.hakgojae.com
DELVING IN, BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES OF PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
Interalia Art Space, Samseong-dong
To Feb. 22: This exhibition features 11 local artists who have a special interest in studying material properties.
Among them are six painters including the veteran Kim Hong-joo, known for abstract paintings consisting of numerous brush strokes. Also featured are three sculptors who use unusual materials. Shim Seung-wook uses hot glue to make embossed sculptures with an ominous atmosphere.
The other three artists are photographers including Koo Sung-soo, who will show his new “photogenic drawing” series, which lies on the border between photography, painting and sculpture.
Admission is free. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Samseong Station, line No. 2, exit 5, near Coex Intercontinental Seoul Hotel
(02) 3479-0114, www.interalia.co.kr
Information is culled from the galleries and other online sources.