2012.5.10 MUSEUMS&GALLERIESDANSAEKHWA: KOREAN
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Gyeonggi
To Sunday: This exhibition traces the stream of Korean monochrome paintings from the 1970s to the present day.
According to Yoon Jin-sup, a professor at Honam University who was invited to curate the show, the repetition of strokes or patterns in Korean dansaekhwa (monochrome painting) implies a repetition of the artist’s actions and is a kind of spiritual practice. In that sense, these paintings differ from Western monochrome paintings.
Admission is 3,000 won ($2.63) for adults.
Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays and to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Go to Seoul Grand Park Station, line No. 4, exit 4, and take the shuttle bus.
(02) 2188-6114, www.moca.go.kr
DO HO SUH: HOME WITHIN HOME
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art
To June 3: This solo show of Do Ho Suh, now one of the hottest Korean artists in the international art scene, features 43 of his works, including drawings and video. A good number of the works are sculptures and installations related to homes, most of which have rarely been shown in Korea due to the difficulty of exhibiting such large pieces.
Among the works on display are life-sized sculptures made of translucent fabric, a model of a hanok (traditional Korean house), recreated apartment units, the facade of a Western-style building and other structures.
These spectacular pieces feature surprisingly elaborate details, ranging from the decorative frames of the hanok’s doors to a basin in the apartment.
Admission is 7,000 won for adults. A day pass including admission to the permanent exhibitions is 13,000 won.
Hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. A docent leads tours in English at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 1.
(02) 2014-6900, www.leeum.org
60-YEAR HISTORY OF FOREIGN ART EXHIBITIONS IN KOREA
Kim Daljin Art Research and Consulting, Seodaemun District
To July 14: This exhibition looks back on the history of foreign art shows in Korea since 1950 through leaflets, books, posters and related news articles.
Surprisingly, a Belgian exhibition held during the Korean War - the 1952 “Exposition d’Art Moderne Belge”- was the first foreign art exhibition held after Korea’s liberation from Japan.
The exhibition also presents foreign exhibitions picked by experts for their influence on the Korean art scene such as “Biennial Whitney in Seoul” in 1993.
Admission is free, and hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
Go to Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 8 and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 730-6216, www.daljinmuseum.com
* Information is culled from the galleries and other online sources.