2012.8.16 MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Kukje Gallery’s K3 Space, Jongno District
To tomorrow: The name of American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976), the creator of the mobile, conjures images of suspended abstract forms of vivid primary colors moving with the air.
But this exhibition contains only black sculptures among his works to emphasize the qualities of the works that are just like “drawing three-dimensional figures in space,” according to the gallery.
The exhibit includes not only mobiles, but also immobile sculptures known as stabiles. The common characteristic of Calder’s mobiles and stabiles is “their solidity without mass,” according to Alexander Rower, Calder’s grandson and head of the Calder Foundation.
Admission is free. Hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, and walk 10 minutes.
Sejong Museum of Art, Jongno District
To Sept. 2: This large-scale retrospective of the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) will help Korean viewers understand why he is so important in the history of photography.
The entire exhibition features about 250 works selected from Cartier-Bresson’s vast library by Robert Delpire. Also on display are personal documents and records, including photos of his family, press credentials and letters.
The first section of the exhibition, named “Aesthetics of the Moment,” focuses on photos that took “decisive moments” of ordinary daily life and made them familiar look unfamiliar. Also among the exhibits is the iconic photo “Derriere la Gare Saint-Lazare.”
Admission is 12,000 won for adults. The show is open 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily. Go to Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 7 or 8.
Hangaram Art Museum, Seocho District
To Sept. 30: This exhibition has one point that distinguishes it from the 2006 Louvre collection show: it comes with a theme. Centered on Greek and Roman mythology, it features about 110 pieces dealing with gods, goddesses, nymphs, heros and lovers that appear in the poems of Homer and Ovid. Most of the exhibit’s works are paintings. Rather than being arranged chronologically or by genre, the exhibit groups pieces by subtheme, such as “The Love of Gods - Transformations and Abductions” and “The Trojan War.”
Admission is 12,000 won for adults. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from July 21 to Aug. 26). It is closed on the last Monday of each month.
Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5, and walk for five minutes.
(02) 325-1077 or 1078
Dong-gang Museum of Photography and other venues in Yeongwol County, Gangwon
To Oct. 1: The main exhibition of the 11th edition of the annual event is “Japanese Photography in the 1960s and 1970s.” It features 156 pieces by 40 photographers, including Nobuyoshi Araki and Daido Moryama, who are globally recognized in their field.
The exhibits draw from collections at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, the biggest museum of its kind in Japan
The festival also includes the “Onna - Women Who Stop at Nothing” exhibition, which features the 211 photos about the life of Japanese women directly after the surrender of Japan in 1945 compared to the periods of rapid economic growth and increasing cultural diversity that followed. The show continues until Sunday.
Admission covering all the exhibitions in the festival is 3,000 won for adults.
The main venue, the Dong Gang Museum of Photography, is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Yeongwol County is two hours by car, but can also be reached via express bus from Express Bus Terminal in southern Seoul. The Dong-gang Museum of Photography is a five minutes walk from the bus terminal in Yeongwol.
BRAIN - INSIDE OF ME
Savina Museum of Contemporary Art, Jongno district
To Oct. 19: The exhibition sheds light on the relationship between brain types and creativity. Through the work of 14 artists, the exhibition illustrates different types of creativity and the areas of the brain from which they originate.
Researchers categorized the 14 artists into “strongly right-brained,” “right-brained,” “slightly right-brained” and “left- and right-brained” categories based on results of the MSC (brain-based aptitude) test and “Torrance Test of Creative Thinking.”
Admission is 3,000 won for adults. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Go to Anguk Station, Line No.3, exit 1.