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Gwangju Biennale Hall and other venues in the city

To Sunday: 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 women curators, including Korea’s Kim Sun-jung. It offers an Asian perspective on political, social and cultural issues throughout the world.

A total of 92 teams of artists from 40 countries are presenting their works.

Admission is 14,000 won ($12.64). Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Take the KTX at Yongsan Station in Seoul and get off at Gwangju Station. Then take the Yongbong bus No. 83 and get off at the Gwangju Biennale Hall. You can also go to Gwangju by air or express bus.

(062)608-4114, www.gb.or.kr


Hangaram Art Museum of Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District

To Nov. 14: The fourth annual “Korea Tomorrow” exhibition intends to provide insight into the general trends in the nation’s contemporary art scene.

This year’s show features 38 artists specializing in various genres. They include sculptor Chun Sung-myung, photographer Koo Sung-soo, painter Min Song-sik and media artist Lee Lee-nam.

The exhibition is divided into five sections - “Hyper Narrative,” “Conceptual Color,” “Live Painting,” “Border Space” and “Craft or Design and Art.”

Admission is 10,000 won. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5, and walk five minutes.

(02) 580-1300, www.koreatomorrow.org


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 interpret the history of Deoksu Palace. The nine works by 12 artists and designers 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 surfaces mirror the lavishly decorated walls and ceiling. The irregular reflections show the forceful change of the building’s use during Japanese colonial rule (1910-45), the designer says.

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


Horim Art Center, Gangnam District

To April 27: In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Horim’s founding, the museum is displaying 80 of the most renowned pieces of its collection. They include state-designated treasures, such as a gilt-bronze “Standing Buddha at Birth” from the sixth century, which is National Treasure No. 808.

Admission is 8,000 won. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The museum is closed Monday. Take bus No. 145 or 4212 and get off at the Horim Art Center stop.

(02) 541-3525,


By Moon So-young
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