2012.4.5 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESDUTCH MAGIC REALISM: PAST TOWARD CONTEMPORARY
Seoul National University Museum of Art, Gwanak District
To April 12: This exhibition shows 70 paintings and one sculpture by modern artists in the Dutch Magic Realist movement and the contemporary artists who have inherited their art. The works on display also reflect the paintings of the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century and earlier paintings that feature realistic depictions and mystic symbolism.
The exhibition is divided into three sections of portraits, still life paintings and landscapes. The still life works, which employ realistic painting techniques and meditative perspectives, will remind viewers of earlier Dutch masters known for their so-called “breakfast pieces.” Many of the portraits are distinctly Expressionist, but they, too, can be linked to the 17th-century Dutch portraits, who abstained from the rhetoric of more aristocratic portraits while also exposing the sitter’s emotions.
Admission is 3,000 won ($2.70) for adults. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Monday.
Go to Seoul National University Station, line No. 2, exit 3, and take green bus No. 5511 or 5513.
(02) 880-9504, www.snumoa.org
LEE SUNG-WOONG, THE NORTH KOREAN PUNK ROCKER
Artsonje Center, Jongno District
To April 18: Are there punk rockers in North Korea? If so, what would they be like? These questions are explored by 10 South Korean indie bands in this exhibition and concert series.
Each of the bands shows an installation imagining the life of fictional North Korean punk rocker Lee Sung Woong. The Bamseom Pirates imagine Lee as a dissident artist behind bars, an idea that is reflected in their prison cell installation. The band Seokyo Group Sound show a luxurious hotel room, reflecting their idea that Lee is the son of a high-ranking official. The bands will also present concerts with songs they imagine he would write.
“The Fall of Lee Sung-woong” concert will be held on April 13 at 7 p.m.
Admission is 3,000 won. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1.
(02) 733-8945, www.artsonje.org
REFLECTIONS FROM NATURE
SongEun ArtSpace, Gangnam District
To April 21: While Swiss design is well known in Korea, its fine art is not so familiar. This exhibition will give viewers a glimpse of renowned Swiss artists.
The show features some 30 artworks including site-specific installations, drawings, objects and video works by three individual artists and one team, all of whom have been inspired by nature.
The most arresting piece in the exhibit is the wooden construction by Gregory Chapuisat and his younger brother Cyril. It is built with complicated passageways and stands high in a corner of the gallery, where the space is open from the first through the third floors.
The other two artists are Adrien Missika and Luc Aubort.
Admission is free. The galley is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays to Saturdays. Go to Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit 9, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 3448-0100, www.songeunartspace.org
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