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Seoul Museum, Jongno District

To Feb. 17: The solo show of veteran artist Moon Bong-sun, 51, features about 20 large paintings depicting pine trees in Korea.

Moon is “one of the few artists who paint in Korean traditional methods and in a modern sense at the same time,” says Yi Joo-heon, museum director and art critic.

Moon has traveled from Jeju Island in the South Sea to Gangwon, northeast of Seoul to visit various pine forests.

The exhibits include two paintings depicting trees in snow, inspired from “Seolsongdo” by Lee In-sang, a poet, painter and calligrapher of the 18th century. The exhibit also includes a painting of the 600-year-old pine near Seokpajeong, a hanok (traditional Korean house) that was once the summer house of King Gojong’s father, behind the museum.

Admission is 7,000 won ($6.45) for adults and covers admission to Seokpajeong. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Take bus No. 1020, 1711, 7016, 7018, 7022 or 7212 to the Jahamun Tunnel stop.

(02) 395-0100, www.seoulmuseum.org


Jongno District

To March 17: “Your Invisible Shadow” features light, shadows and sounds that will please the senses.

A room on the 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 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 sync with the sounds of breaths and heartbeats.

Media artist Hong Buhm’s work “Hide & Seek #5” on the basement floor attracts those who are interested in neuroscience and memory.

Other participants 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,


VAN GOGH IN PARIS Hangaram Design Museum

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, during which most of the 60 oil paintings on display, including “Self-Portrait with Grey Felt Hat,” were done. 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 French Impressionist works. “Portrait of Pere Tanguy” illustrates 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 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The museum is closed the last Monday of each month.

The museum is a five-minute walk from Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.

1588-2618, www.vangogh2.com


Hangaram Art Museum of Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District

To March 31: This exhibition features about 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 Leonardo da Vinci, and “Charity,” a panel illustration by Raphael.

Admission is 15,000 won ($13.75). Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in March. The museum is closed the last Monday of each month.

The museum is a five-minute walk from Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.

1544-8755, www.museivaticani.co.kr




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 6th 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
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