2012.6.14 MUSEUMS&GALLERIESTHE PIONEER OF KOREAN ABSTRACT ART: YOO YOUNG-KUK
Gallery Hyundai, Gangnam District
To Sunday: The show, held to mark the 10th anniversary of Yoo Young-kuk’s death, features 60 paintings by one of Korea’s most important first-generation abstract artists.
Yoo studied and created abstract art throughout his life, unlike his counterpart, Kim Whanki, who painted half-figurative and half-abstract paintings before moving to pure abstraction.
Still, Yoo’s paintings reveal moderately different styles within the broader abstract category.
The paintings of his abstract expressionism period (1957-67), such as the 1965 oil “Spirit,” consist of color fields filled with light. But from the early 1970s, they were geometrically abstract and based on nature - especially the mountains in Uljin County, North Gyeongsang, where he was born. Admission is 5,000 won. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Go to Apgujeong Station, line No. 3, exit 2 or 3, and walk for 10 minutes.
For information, call (02) 519-0800 or visit www.galleryhyundai.com.
OH HEIN-KUHN: MIDDLEMEN
Sungkok Art Museum, Jongno District
To Sunday: Oh Hein-kuhn, a photographer well known for his “portraits of anxiety” taken of women, has finally added men to his portfolio. His solo show titled “Middlemen” features young male soldiers. The exhibition consists of 37 large photographs of soldiers in the Korean Army, Navy and Air Force.
Though he received support from the Ministry of National Defense, Oh’s photographs are far from military promotions. The soldiers pictured don’t look especially gallant. Most simply stare with emotionless faces.
These portraits invite a sense of delicate unease just like the ajumma and teenage girls of Oh’s former series.
The faces deliver a message of subtle, ambiguous anxiety. “I’m interested in the anxiety felt by people whose identities are caught between two worlds,” the artist said at a meeting with the press.
Admission is 3,000 won for adults. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.
Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, and walk for 10 minutes.
For information, call (02) 733-8945 or visit www.artsonje.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 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 to be 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. Closed Sunday.
Go to Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 8 and walk for 10 minutes.
For information, call (02) 730-6216 or visit www.daljinmuseum.com.
MARC RIBOUD: EIFFEL TOWER PAINTER
Hangaram Design Museum, Seocho District
To Aug. 5: The first retrospective of French photojournalist Marc Riboud features 190 photographs.
The exhibition is divided into six sections. It starts with “Eiffel Tower Painter,” which consists of a continuous series of dotted photographs of the painter, all taken on the same day and with a single roll of film.
The second section, “China & Japan in the ’50s,” shows his photos of life in Mao Zedong’s closed society, as one of the first European photographers to enter China during the days of the Bamboo Curtain. The photos in this section also deal with Japan’s economic renaissance.
Admission is 12,000 won for adults. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. It is closed the last Monday of each month during the exhibition’s run.
Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5, and walk for five minutes.
For information, call (02) 532-4407 or visit www.marcriboud.co.kr.