2012.10.31 MUSEUMS&GALLERIESFROM COVER TO COVER
Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Gangnam District
To Saturday: Ten artists, including painter Kim Sung-ho and media artist Lee Lee-nam, display book-themed works in a variety of mediums.
Photographer Koo Sung-soo has put together photos of shelves crowded with varicolored books, which will remind viewers of chaekgado, a traditional genre of Korean painting. A painting by Seo Yu-ra is a hyperrealistic depiction of books about art.
Admission is free. The exhibition is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Go to Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit 9, and walk 10 minutes.
KOHEI NAWA: TRANS
Arario Seoul Cheongdam, Gangnam District; and Arario Cheonan, South Chungcheong
To Sunday: Kohei Nawa’s first solo show in Korea includes more than 40 representative works from the “PixCell” series as well as his recent “Trans” series. Nawa is regarded as one of Japan’s most important young artists.
One piece to be on display is “PixCell - Double Deer #6,” which can be seen at the Arario Cheongdam. The “double deer” resembles how someone with double vision might see a deer: two overlapping heads and more than four legs. Actually, it is a deer taxidermy covered with crystal beads of various sizes. Nawa has shown consistent interest in visual perception, in particular in the digital era when images are pixelated.
Admission is free for the Cheongdam gallery and 3,000 won ($2.50) for Cheonan. Both galleries are open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
To get to the Cheongdam gallery, take the Blue Bus No. 143, 240, 362 or 410 and get off at Cheongdam Elementary School. (02) 541-5701
To go to the Cheonan gallery, take the express bus and get off at the Cheonan terminal. (041) 551-5100
2012 SEOUL INTERNATIONAL MEDIA ART BIENNALE
Seoul Museum of Art, Jung District; and DMC Gallery, Mapo District
To Sunday: In the seventh edition of the biennale, under the theme “Spell on You,” 50 teams of artists from 17 countries will present new media artworks including videos, installations and interactive media. Famous names, such as Jenny Holzer of the United States and Jung Yeondoo of Korea, will have works displayed.
Admission is free. The Seoul Museum of Art is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 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 10 minutes.
DUNG-SEOB, GO TO RENAISSANCE
Seoul Museum, Jongno District
To Nov. 21: This is the inaugural exhibition of the Seoul Museum, which opened in late August. It features works by Lee Jung-seob (1916-56), one of Korea’s most important modern painters, and five other artists who held a joint exhibition with Lee at Busan’s Renaissance Cafe in 1952.
The exhibits include the famous “Bull” (circa 1953), an oil painting by Lee. The founder of the museum, Ahn Byung-gwang, bought the work in a 2010 sale arranged by the Seoul Auction at the second highest price in Korean auction history.
Admission is 9,000 won and covers admission to Seokpajeong, a 19th-century hanok, or traditional Korean house, on the museum’s back slope, which once was the summer house of King Gojong’s father. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Take Bus No. 1020, 1711, 7016, 7018, 7022 or 7212 to the Jahamun Tunnel stop.
(02) 395-0100, www.seoulmuseum.org
NOSTALGIA IS AN EXTENDED FEEDBACK
Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin, Gyeonggi
To Jan. 20: The exhibition is another celebration of Nam June Paik’s 80th birthday. This one focuses on his works related to cybernetics and artists influenced by him.
The exhibits include “TV Garden,” an installation of cathode-ray tube TV monitors among thick plants. It shows the artist’s visualization of nature’s energy waves in the images and sounds of television monitors, which relates to the concept of feedback in cybernetics.
Admission is 4,000 won. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, except on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Take Bus No. 5000 or 5005 from Seoul Station in central Seoul and get off at the Singal five-way intersection in Yongin, Gyeonggi.
By Moon So-young