2012.10.17 MUSEUMS&GALLERIESRICHARD PETTIBONE & ROY LICHTENSTEIN
Gana Art Center, Jongno District
To Sunday: These are two solo exhibitions of Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), a famous American pop artist known for paintings inspired by comics, and Richard Pettibone, born in 1938, who tested “the reproduction of pop art.”
The Lichtenstein show features his “Water Lilies” works, which seem to be influenced by French Impressionist Claude Monet. “If the latter was based on an emotional approach to light and landscape, the former is more mechanic and artificial,” said Gana Art chief curator Lee Jang-Eun.
The Pettibone exhibition shows works reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s signature pieces, such as “Campbell’s Soup Cans.” Like this, the artist reproduced Warhol’s pop art, which was already a reproduction of daily objects in the post-modern style.
This exhibition period has been extended to Sunday, and admission is free.
The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Go to Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 3, and take bus No. 1711 to the Lotte Apartment stop.
(02) 720-1020, www.ganaart.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 Yeondoo Jung of Korea will have works displayed at the exhibit.
The show “explores the recent proliferation of new media and information technology,” the biennale’s press release said.
Admission is free for both venues.
The Seoul Museum of Art is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and to 7 p.m. weekends. It is closed on Monday. 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 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 ($12.64) for adults. Hours are 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.
Deoksu Palace, Jung District
To Dec. 2: The National Museum of Contemporary Art and the Cultural Heritage Administration have commissioned contemporary artists to create works that reinterpret the history of Deoksu Palace.
The nine works by 12 artists, designers and performance artists are being shown in palatial gardens and buildings.
Among them is furniture designer Ha Ji-hoon’s work at Deokhongjeon. He filled the floor of the building with his chairs, whose chrome-coated surfaces mirror the lavishly decorated walls and ceiling. The irregularity of the reflections show the forceful change of the building’s use during Japanese colonial rule (1910-45), the designer says.
Other works include Do Ho Suh’s installation art at Hamnyeongjeon and Yeesookyung’s sculpture at Seogeodang.
Admission is 1,000 won. The palace is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed Mondays. Go to City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2 and exit 1, 2 or 3.
(02) 2188-6114, www.moca.go.kr
By Moon So-young