Gallery 101, Yongsan District
To Sunday: This inaugural exhibition of Gallery 101 features paintings and sculptures by three artists: Kang Seok-ho, Kim Eul and Lee Kwang-ho.
Kang’s paintings feature close-ups of clothed human torsos and Kim is a sculptor whose miniature houses delve into his life and identity. Lee’s hyper-realistic large-canvas paintings of cactuses are at times overwhelming and at times erotic.
Admission is free. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The gallery is closed on Mondays.
The gallery is located near the German Embassy in Seoul. Take bus 143, 401, 406, or 730 and it is a 10 minute walk from the Crown Hotel stop.
Deoksu Palace branch of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Jung District
To Sunday: This exhibition showcases about 200 rare portrait photos of the imperial family of Daehanjeguk, or the Korean Empire. (1897-1910).
They endured turbulent and tragic lives as the empire was formed amid geopolitical strife and collapsed with the colonization of Korea by Japan.
The exhibits include photos of Emperor Gojong; his beloved daughter, Princess Deokhye; Gojong’s seventh son, Crown Prince Yeongchin; and their Japanese royal spouses.
Admission is 4,000 won ($3.70). The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday. Hours are extended to 9 p.m. Friday to Sunday. The exhibition is closed on Mondays. Go to City Hall Station, line No. 1, exit 2.
(02) 2022-0600, www.moca.go.kr
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Yongsan District
To Feb.8: This is the first solo show in East Asia of Anish Kapoor, one of the world’s hottest contemporary sculptors. The 58-year-old India-born British artist’s show consists of 18 works, including his early “Pigment” series and latest stainless-steel sculptures as well as his “Void” series from the 1990s, which Leeum says show the “essence” of the artist’s philosophy. The biggest piece of the “Void” series on display at Leeum, the 1999 work “Yellow,” leads viewers to feel like they have been sucked into a whole new space full of light. Kapoor’s stainless steel sculptures since 2000, which include “Vertigo V & VII” and “Tall Tree and the Eye” are on display in Leeum’s garden.
Admission is 8,000 won. A day pass including admission to the permanent exhibitions is 14,000 won. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. A docent leads tours in English at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is a five minute walk from Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 1.
(02) 2014-6900, www.leeum.org
VAN GOGH IN PARIS
of Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District
To March 24: This show focuses on the Paris period of Vincent Van Gogh, one of the world’s most beloved painters.
The Dutch artist stayed in the French capital from March 1886 to February 1888. Most of the 60 oil paintings on display, including “Self-Portrait with Grey Felt Hat,” were done during this period. This exhibition shows how his style changed dramatically in Paris with the use of bright colors and bold strokes, and flat color without shadows. The change came from van Gogh’s encounter with Japanese woodblock prints called ukiyo-e, as well as the French Impressionist works. “Portrait of Pere Tanguy” shows the artist’s fascination with ukiyo-e, as the portrait of the Parisian art dealer has several Japanese prints in the background.
Admission is 15,000 won. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., but will be extended to 8 p.m. in March. Closed on the last Monday of each month.
The museum is a five minute walk from Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
Hangaram Art Museum of Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District
To March 31: This exhibition features some 70 pieces, including paintings and sculptures from the collections of the Vatican Museums.
Most of the exhibits are works by Italian Renaissance, Mannerist and Baroque painters. They include “St. Jerome in the Wilderness,” an unfinished painting by the famous High Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci, and “Charity,” a panel illustration by another High Renaissance master, Raphael.
Admission is 15,000 won ($13.75) for adults. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. but will be extended to 8 p.m. in March. Closed on the last Monday of each month.
The museum is a five-minute walk from Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.
HORIM, A PROMENADE THROUGH THE FOREST OF CULTURAL HERITAGE
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 in its collection. They include state-designated treasures, such as the 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 Mondays. Take bus No. 145 or 4212 and get off at the Horim Art Center stop.
(02) 541-3525, www.horimartcenter.org
By Moon So-young