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Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin, Gyeonggi

To Sunday: The exhibition focuses on Nam June Paik’s works related to cybernetics and artists influenced by the pioneer of video art.

The exhibits include Paik’s “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.

The show also includes “Marco Polo” and other Paik video sculptures.

Admission is 4,000 won ($3.80). 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


National Palace Museum of Korea,

Jongno District

To Jan. 27: This exhibition highlights the life of ill-fated Princess Deokhye (1912-1989) to mark the 100th anniversary of her birth and 50th anniversary of her return from Japan.

The show features several of Deokhye’s belongings, including traditional dresses, jewelry and wedding gifts. They are on loan from the Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum and Kyushu National Museum in Japan to be shown to the Korean public for the first time.


Deokhye was the daughter of Emperor Gojong and his concubine, Lady Yang. As Gojong’s only daughter, she was so beloved by the emperor that a royal kindergarten for her was established in the court. But as Japanese colonial rule strengthened, she was forced to study in Japan and marry a Japanese nobleman. The marriage ended in divorce as she developed a mental illness. She returned to Korea in 1962 and lived in a building of Changdeok Palace in Seoul until she died at age 78.

Admission is free. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and to 7 p.m. on weekends. It is closed on Monday. Go to Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 5.

02-3701-7500, www.gogung.go.kr


Kumho Museum of Art, Jongno District

To Feb. 24: “Your Invisible Shadow” features elements such as light, shadows and sounds that will please viewers’ senses.

A room on the museum’s third floor is dark with luminous white silhouettes on its walls and ceiling. All the silhouettes in the work “Parallel World” by Lee Chang-won look mystical but actually originated from images taken by photojournalists.

On the second floor is artist Shin Sung-hwan’s “Bright.” It consists of a water tank with droplets falling at consistent intervals and the real-time projections of its images with rainbows formed on the walls.

The other work on the second floor is “Breathe” by Ha Won. It shows the image of a red dot projected on a screen made of white feathers.

The dot continuously pulsates in rhythm with with the sounds of breaths and heartbeats.

Media artist Hong Buhm’s work “Hide & Seek #5” on the basement floor attracts those interested in neuroscience and memory. Other participating artists include architects Bae Jung-wan and Hwang Jie-eun, painter and installation artist Lee Ye-seung and poet and music critic Sung Ki-wan.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, and walk 10 minutes.

(02) 720-5114, www.kumhomuseum.com


Seoul Museum of Art, Jung District

To April 14: Tim Burton, whose movies contain some of the industry’s most unique animation and visuals, has done a number of drawings, paintings and sculptures that are in his private collection.

Curators at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York selected some of Burton’swork for an exhibition highlighting the American director and producer’s off-screen talent.

The result, the “Tim Burton” retrospective, has come to Seoul. The exhibition features 860 of Burton’s artworks, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, short films, animation and costumes.

The exhibit includes conceptual drawings from Burton’s “Edward Scissorhands” and “Batman” series.


Drawings not related to the movies but which reflect Burton’s trademark grotesque fairy tales and dark humor are also included.

Admission is 12,000 won for adults. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays. Go to City Hall station, line No. 2, exit 10 and walk five minutes.

(02) 325-1077~9, www.superseries.kr/4072

By Moon So-young
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