2013.2.20 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESREFINED AND TASTEFUL LIFE OF THE JOSEON DYNASTY
Gallery Hyundai, Jongno District
To Sunday: The exhibition of 80 Joseon era paintings about people’s daily life including 15 erotic paintings called “Chunhwa” that have never been shown to the public.
The 15 paintings in the exhibition are from two books presumed to have been made by two of the Joseon eya’s most prominent painters, Kim Hong-do (born 1745) and Shin Yun-bok (born 1758), or by someone who emulated their styles.
Some paintings carry lyricism or humor rather than vulgar sexual excitement. Still, many of them depict explicit sex, so viewers under age are not admitted to this section.
The show runs at the main building of Gallery Hyundai plus Dogahun, another exhibition venue run by the gallery nearby. Admission is 5,000 won ($4.74) for adults.
Go to exit No. 1 of Anguk Station, Line No. 3 and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 2287-3591, www.galleryhyundai.com.
YOUR INVISIBLE SHADOW
Kumho Museum of Art, Jongno District
To March 17: The exhibition features intangible 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 mystic 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.
Media artist Hong Buhm’s work “Hide & Seek #5” on the basement floor attract those who are interested in neuroscience and memory.
Other participating artists include architects Bae Jung-wan and Hwang Jie-eun, media artist Ha Won, painter and installation artist Lee Ye-seung and poet and music critic Sung Ki-wan
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1, and walk 10 minutes.
(02) 720-5114, www.kumhomuseum.com
VAN GOGH IN PARIS
Hangaram Design Museum
of Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District
To March 24: The 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.
Most of the 60 oil paintings on display, including “Self-Portrait with Grey Felt Hat,” were done during this period. 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 the French Impressionist paintings. “Pere Tanguy” shows 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 closing time will be extended to 8 p.m. in March. The museum is closed on the last Monday of each month. Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5, and walk five minutes.
Hangaram Art Museum of Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District
To March 31: The exhibition features about 70 pieces of paintings, sculptures and other art works 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 famous High-Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci and “Charity,” a panel illustration by another High-Renaissance master Raphael.
They also include “The Annunciation” by Mannerist painter Giuseppe Cesari.
Admission is 15,000 won for adults. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The closing time will be extended to 8 p.m. in March.
The museum is closed on the last Monday of each month.
Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5, and walk five minutes.
HORIM, A PROMENADE THROUGH THE FOREST OF CULTURAL
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 a gilt-bronze “Standing Buddha at Birth” from the sixth 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 Monday. 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