2012.9.19 MUSEUMS&GALLERIESSUNGMYUNG CHUN: ABSURD MASS
SongEun Art Space, Gangnam District
To Saturday: The solo show of Sungmyung Chun shows his latest sculptures and installations.
The 41-year-old artist is already well known for a series of sculptures featuring a character in a striped T-shirt with a sullen face that resembles the artist’s own, in various dramatic situations.
But in this exhibition, the artist has thrown away his signature style and ventures in new directions with pastel-colored sculptures and objects conceptually arranged.
“His works have reflected the self,” the gallery said in a press release adding further that “the recent works have been extended from the inner self to the social self.”
Admission is free. The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
Go to Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit 9, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 3448-0100, www.songeunartspace.org
HERMES FOUNDATION MISSULSANG 2012
Atelier Hermes, Gangnam District
To Tuesday: The French luxury brand Hermes has been granting Missulsang, which in Korean literally means an art award, every year since 2000.
It selects three candidates, supports them to create new works for a group exhibition and selects one as the final winner and recipient of a 20 million won ($17,640) prize.
This year, Koo Dong-hee, Jackson Hong and Lee Mi-kyung have been nominated and are holding an exhibition at Atelier Hermes. Koo was named the winner on Sept. 13.
Koo, 38, is presenting “Helter Skelter,” an installation project inspired by the Beatles song of the same title and by Charles Manson, a notorious American criminal.
Hong, 42, shows “Mass Production,” a group of familiar objects such as eggs and their cartons that he made 1.5 times the original size. “The 1.5 times larger size is in between a real object’s size and the size of a monument,” Hong explained.
And 46-year-old Lee’s “Fence” provides some twists for viewers. The 1.8-meter-high (5.9-foot-high) white fences lure viewers to step on the nearby stools and look over the fence inside, but there is nothing.
Admission is free. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is closed on Wednesday. Go to Apgujeong Station, line No. 3 and walk for 15 minutes.
2012 EXPOSITION DU MUSEE DU LOUVRE
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. It is closed the last Monday of each month.
Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5, and walk five minutes.
(02) 325-1077 or 1078
DONG GANG INTERNATIONAL PHOTO FESTIVAL
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.
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 the Express Bus Terminal in southern Seoul. The Dong Gang Museum of Photography is a five-minute walk from the bus terminal in Yeongwol.
By Moon So-young
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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