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National Palace Museum of Korea,

Jongno District

To Sunday: The exhibition highlights the life of the 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 were borrowed 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 beloved daughter of Emperor Gojong and his concubine Lady Yang. 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 Changdeok Palace in Seoul until she died in 1989.

Admission is free.

The museum opens at 9 a.m. and closes on 6 p.m. weekdays and 7 p.m. weekends. It is closed on Monday.

Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 5.

(02) 3701-7500, www.gogung.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 shows the “essence” of the artist’s philosophy.

One of the “Void” pieces on display, “Untitled”(1990), consists of three hemispheres covered with dark blue pigment. The concave sections of the hemispheres are dark, surprisingly without any tinge of light, so viewers experience the wonder and fear of unfathomable depth.

The voids in Kapoor’s artwork are spaces of “nonexistence” but simultaneously spaces of “existence” as there exist nonphysical, nonmaterial things like darkness, infinity and human feelings, the artist said.

Kapoor’s stainless steel sculptures since 2000, which include “Vertigo V & VII,” are on display in Leeum’s garden.

Admission is 8,000 won. A day pass including admission to the permanent exhibitions costs 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


National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Gyeonggi

To Feb. 24 : This is a large-scale retrospective of Choong Sup Lim, one of the first Korean-born artists who pioneered installation art.

The exhibition features about 70 pieces from the 71-year-old artist’s vast oeuvre. It shows the development of Lim’s work chronologically, from semi-abstraction during the 1970s and ’80s to the found objects of the “Fossil Scape” and “Assemblage” series in the 2000s.

Though Lim has worked mainly in New York since the early 1970s, his works carry Eastern aesthetics and philosophies.

This is shown from the highlight of the retrospective, “Wol In Cheon Ji”(2012), a giant installation work that riffs off a traditional loom with a miniature pavilion hanging from the ceiling and the image of the changing moon projected on the floor below the pavilion.

And the installation work “Reversed Tent” (1997-2000) was inspired from the “Buddhist happiness” of non-possession in New York’s homeless, the artist said. “Sand-Zip” (2008), a triptych of sand panels with zippers in them, also carries Eastern philosophy, representing the three human stages of birth, living and death.

Admission is 3,000 won.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Tuesday to Friday and to 8 p.m. weekends. It is closed on Mondays.

Go to Seoul Grand Park Station, line No. 4, exit 4, and take the shuttle bus.

(02) 2188-6114, www.moca.go.kr



Daelim Museum, Jongno District

To March 17: The exhibition highlights the artistic side and legacy of Swarovski Crystal, a 117-year-old Austrian company.

The show can roughly be divided into two broad categories: crystal-inspired modern artwork and vintage Swarovski products from the 1960s and 1970s.

The early iconic crystal products, displayed on the second floor, include necklaces, earrings and clutches worn by muses of the time such as Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.

The exhibits on the third floor include a decade of tiaras and headdresses. And there are two crystal installations respectively by Dutch industrial designer Tord Boontje and Korean artist group Roll Sp!ke.

The fourth floor contains eight crystal-decorated dresses created by designers such as Christian Dior, Coco Chanel and John Galliano.

Admission is 5,000 won for adults. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The museum is closed on Monday.

Go to Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 3 or 4, and walk for 5 minutes.

(02) 720-0667, www.daelimmuseum.org

By Moon So-young
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