Gauguin exhibition set for Seoul museum
To be held at the museum’s headquarters from June 14 to Sept. 29, it will feature about 100 pieces by the French Post-Impressionist artist, who is known for his paintings of people on the South Pacific island of Tahiti, where he spent time after fleeing Europe. In the well-known artwork, the artists uses strong colors to symbolize the primitive power he observed.
“The exhibits will include the masterpieces that Gauguin made during his stay in Brittany, including ‘The Vision After the Sermon,’?” said Lee Hae-min, curator of the Hankook Ilbo Cultural Project Center, which is planning the show.
The 3.7-meter (12-foot) panoramic painting is an ambitious masterpiece in its theme and scale made by Gauguin during his latter years in Tahiti.
Other planned shows include the inaugural exhibition of the museum’s North Branch, which is now under construction and will open in July, according to the SEMA’s recently unveiled annual plan.
The North Branch is being built in Nowon, the northernmost district of Seoul. The area is so far considered to be weak in cultural facilities compared to the central and southern parts of Seoul.
Accordingly, the SEMA said it wants the North Branch “to help balance cultural development in Seoul, focusing on public art.”
“The South Branch will specialize in living arts encompassing crafts, design and architecture, while the headquarters will focus on international exhibitions to attract foreign tourists,” the museum explained.
As part of the international exhibitions at headquarters, SEMA will show pieces by Taiwanese contemporary artists from April 9 to June 16 as part of an exchange with the National Taiwan Museum.
It will also hold a solo show of Kim Ku-lim, a 76-year-old pioneer of Korean avant-garde art, from July 2 to Sept. 8.
And from Oct. 22 to Feb. 16, 2014, the museum will show an exhibition of design and architecture from five Scandinavian countries.
By Moon So-young [email@example.com]