Deoksu Palace, Jung District
To Sunday: The National Museum of Contemporary Art has commissioned artists to create works that interpret the history of Deoksu Palace. The nine works by 12 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 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.
Renowned installation artist Do-Ho Suh and sculptor Yee Soo-kyung are also among the participants.
Admission is 1,000 won ($0.94). 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
TONY OURSLER:OXT VARIATIONS
313 ART PROJECT, Gangnam District
To Dec. 8: This is the first-ever solo show of the well-known multimedia artist Tony Oursler in Korea. The American artist is best known for sculptures on which distorted and expressive human faces or parts of such facial features are animated through video projection. Also involving human voices, such sculptures make an ominous ambience.
The exhibition features one large-scale installation work which includes sculptures combined with vide projection and sounds in Oursler’s signature style. The show also has small-scale sculptures with video projections and a series of paintings with moving images in them.
Admission is free. The gallery is open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. It is closed Sunday.
Go to Apgujeong Station, line No. 3, Exit 3 and walk 15 minutes.
Gallery Hyundai, Jongno District
To Dec. 9: This is the solo show of 42-year-old kinetic artist U-ram Choe. The Seoul-based artist has gained fame with his sculptures called “mechanical organisms” that encompass both fine art and science fiction with elaborate movement and grotesque beauty.
This exhibition includes kinetic sculptures in Choe’s signature style such as “Custos Cavum” a metal monster resembling a skeletal seal. The metal coils covering it move up and down so smoothly by computer-controlled motors that it looks as if it is breathing.
The show also includes Choe’s latest kinetic sculptures “Merry-Go-Round” and “Scarecrow.”
Unlike his former works, they have their intricate machine parts hidden from view.
Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays.
Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, and walk 10 minutes.
Nam June Paik Art Center,
To Jan. 20: The exhibition is for celebration of the 80th birthday of Nam June Paik, Korean-American pioneer of vide art. The show focuses on his works related to cybernetics and pieces by artists who were 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 for the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Take bus No. 5000 or 5005 from Seoul Station or Sejong Center in central Seoul and get off at the Singal five-way intersection in Yongin, Gyeonggi.
(031) 201-8500, www.njpartcenter.kr
By Moon So-young