2013.3.27 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESRE: QUEST - JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY ART SINCE THE 1970S
Seoul National University Museum of Art, Gwanak District
To April 14: The show allows viewers to explore Japanese art from the last four decades with about 120 works by 53 artists. The exhibit includes pieces by international stars well-known to Koreans such as the sculpture “Dots Obsession” by Yayoi Kusama, the painting “Flower Smiles” by pop artist Takashi Murakami and paintings by Yoshitomo Nara that depict children looking sullen or cross in his signature “cute-but-dark” style.
But the more noteworthy part of the exhibition includes pieces by veteran artists less known to the Korean public, such as Jiro Takamatsu, who led the “Mono-ha” movement of the 1970s, and up-and-coming young artists such as Koki Tanaka, who will represent Japan at the 2013 Venice Biennale.
Admission is 3,000 won ($2.70) for adults. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Monday.
Go to Seoul National University Station, line No. 2, exit 3, and take the green bus No. 5511 or 5513
(02) 880-9504, www.snumoa.org
MEMORY OF A LANDSCAPE I HAVE NEVER SEEN
Deoksu Palace branch of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Jung District
To April 21: The exhibition of the National Gallery in Prague’s collection is the first to introduce Czech modern artists to Korea.
It features 107 paintings produced by 28 Czech artists from 1905 to 1943. The title comes from a painting by surrealist Josef Sima that is among the works on display.
The participating artists also include Frantisek Kupka, who is famous outside the Czech Republic as an early pioneer of non-figurative art or pure abstraction. His 11 works in this exhibition show how the artist evolved from a Symbolist with classical painting style to an artist of Orphism, an abstract style that looks like a visualization of resonating music.
Admission is 12,000 won for adults. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and to 9 p.m. Friday to Sunday. It is closed Monday.
Go to City Hall Station, line Nos. 1 or 2, exit 1, 2 or 3
(02) 6273-4242~3, www.praha2013.co.kr.
ART ACROSS AMERICA
National Museum of Korea, Yongsan District
To May 19: The exhibition is an effective summary of the 300-year history of American art.
In this show, which features 168 paintings and crafts, viewers can see at least one piece each from the most important names in American art. They range from John Singleton Copley, an 18th-century colonial American artist, to the icons of the 20th century who led the global art scene such as abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock and pop artist Andy Warhol.
Other important artists include the Hudson River School painters, female artist Mary Cassatt and portrait artist John Singer Sargent. The exhibition is divided into six sections.
Admission is 12,000 won 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