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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 to explore 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 in 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 an image of the changing moon projected on the floor below the pavilion.

The installation work “Reversed Tent” (1997-2000) was inspired by the “Buddhist happiness” of non-possession in New York’s homeless, the artist said.

Admission is 3,000 won ($2.75). 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: This 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 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 ($4.60) 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


Hangaram Art Museum of Seoul Arts Center

Seocho District

To March 29: The exhibition presents 130 works from 90 American Impressionists among the Bank of America Collection.

According to curator Raine Hye-Jung Chun, the exhibits show “how French Impressionism was absorbed and developed in the United States.” The curator said that artworks are displayed according to artists’ schools, colonies and regions in order to show the history and development of Impressionism across the United States. The artists include George Innes, John Sloan and Alexis Jean Fournier.

Admission is 12,000 won ($11.04) for adults. 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.

(02) 501-6976, www.americanimpressionism.kr


National Museum of Korea, Yongsan District

To May 19: The exhibition is an effective summary of the 300-year history of U.S. art.

In this show, which features 168 paintings and crafts, viewers can see at least one piece of art from the most important names in American art. They range from John Singleton Copley, one of the few 18th-century colonial American artists who gained fame in England, to the icons of the 20th-century American art who led the global art scene, such as abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock and pop artist Andy Warhol.

The exhibition is divided into six sections. Among them, the second, “American Landscape - East to West,” features spectacular landscape paintings by the artists of the Hudson River School in the 19th century. The fourth section, “Cosmopolitan America,” features American impressionists of the late 19th century, including Mary Cassatt and portrait artist John Singer Sargent.

Admission is 12,000 won ($11.04) for adults.

The museum opens at 9 a.m. It closes at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; at 7 p.m. on Sunday; and 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday. It is closed on Monday. Go to Ichon station, line No. 4, exit 2.

(02) 1661-2440, www.artacrossamerica2013.com

By Moon So-young
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