2012.9.26 MUSEUMS&GALLERIESFELIX GONZALEZ-TORRES:DOUBLE
Plateau, Jung District
To Friday: A retrospective of the works of Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-96) arrives in Asia for the first time, displaying 44 pieces including installations and photographs.
Among them is “Untitled” (Placebo, 1991), an installation work of candies that viewers are free to take. It is surely Gonzalez-Torres’ work, but was never touched by the artist, who died at 38. The exhibition is titled “Double,” as the works can be on display at two places simultaneously. With this, Gonzalez-Torres tried to dispel the traditional idea that a work of art has value because it is made with the artist’s own hands.
Admission is 3,000 won ($2.64) for adults. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and is closed on Mondays.
Go to City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 8, and walk for five minutes.
Opera Gallery, Gangnam District
To Sunday: The exhibition features four artists who see and bring out unfamiliar images or new views from familiar scenery surrounding us.
Photographer Lee Myoung-ho transforms ordinary nature into an apparent painting in his “Tree” series. In these photos, a tree looks like a life-sized photograph or realistic painting of a tree printed on a white screen set up in an empty field - but the tree is actually a real tree with a screen behind it.
Yeleen Lee takes photos of buildings and passersby reflected on puddles on streets after rainfall. Then she turns the pictures upside down and give colors only to part of the reflections, making a surreal landscape. The other two participants are painters Lee Dong-uk and Chae Sung-pil.
Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Go to Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit 9, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 3446-0070, www.operagallery.com
2012 SEOUL INTERNATIONAL MEDIA ART BIENNALE
Seoul Museum of Art, Jung District and DMC Gallery, Mapo District
To Nov. 4: In the seventh edition of the biennale, under the theme “Spell on You,” 50 teams of artists from 17 countries will present new media art works including videos, installations and interactive media. Some famous names such as Jenny Holzer of the United States and Jung Yeondoo of Korea will have works displayed at the exhibit.
According to the biennale’s press release, “?‘Spell on You’ explores the recent proliferation of new media and information technology, which is reinforcing our obsession with control and domination through utilizing widely accessible and immediate forms of social communication.”
Admission is free for both venues.
The Seoul Museum of Art is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and to 7 p.m. on weekends. It is closed on Mondays. Go to City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 1 or 10.
The DMC Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on Sundays. Go to Digital Media City Station, line No. 6, exit 9 and walk for 10 minutes.
2012 GWANGJU BIENNALE
Gwangju Biennale Hall and other venues in the city
To Nov. 11: The theme of the ninth edition of the Gwangju Biennale, one of Korea’s biggest and most internationally renowned contemporary art shows, is “Roundtable.”
In accordance with the theme, the biennial exhibit has been co-directed by six Asian female curators including Korea’s Kim Sun-jung.
“This biennial event will help see political, social and cultural issues throughout the world from an Asian perspective,” Kim said.
A total of 92 teams of artists from 40 countries are presenting their works. Many of the projects, including renowned Korean artist Do Ho Suh’s “In-Between Hotel,” require viewers’ active participation.
Admission is 14,000 won for adults. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Take the KTX at Yongsan Station in Seoul and get off at Gwangju Station. Then take the bus Yongbong No. 83 and get off at the Gwangju Biennale Hall. You can also go to Gwangju by air or express bus.
By Moon So-young