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Seoul National University Museum of Art, Gwanak District

To Sunday: 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 ($2.63) 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 buses No. 5511 or 5513.

(02) 880-9504, www.snumoa.org


Seoul Museum of Art, Jung District

To Sunday: The exhibition highlights the off-screen talent of American director and producer Tim Burton, whose movies contain some of the industry’s most unique animations and visuals.

The show features 860 pieces by Burton, encompassing drawings, paintings, sculptures, short films, animations and costumes. The exhibits include conceptual drawings from “Edward Scissorhands” and “Batman.” Also among the exhibits are drawings that, while not related to the films, still reflect Burton’s trademark grotesque fairy tales and dark humor.

Admission is 12,000 won for adults. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It is closed on Monday. Go to Seoul City Hall Station, line No. 2, exit 10, and walk five minutes.

(02) 325-1077~9



Gana Art Center, Jongno District

To Sunday: About 50 of local collectors’ favorite pieces are on display to celebrate the gallery’s 30th anniversary.

They include works by important Korean modern painters such as Kim Whanki and Western contemporary stars including American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein and English sculptor Henry Moore. They also include Korean antiques such as white porcelain from the Joseon period.

Admission is 5,000 won. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Go to Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 3, and take bus No. 1711 to the Lotte Apartment stop.

(02) 720-1020, www.ganaart.com



Opera Gallery, Gangnam District

To April 28: This exhibition of the Paris-based gallery’s Seoul branch intends to celebrate spring and the 100th year since the first performance of the ballet and orchestral concert work “Le Sacre du Printemps” or “The Rite of Spring” in Paris.

It consists of 60 paintings and sculptures by famous artists who mainly stayed in the French capital in the early 20th century when the ballet by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky was performed.

The works on display include Pablo Picasso’s lithographs, Marc Chagall’s gouache paintings and Salvador Dali’s bronze pieces.

Admission is free. The gallery is from open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. It is closed on national holidays. Go to Apgujeong Station, line No. 3, exit 3 and walk 15 minutes.

(02) 3446-0070, www.operagallery.com


Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art,

Yongsan District

To June 2: The exhibition explores contemporary art that is closely related to mise-en-scene from films.

The exhibits include the short film “89 Seconds in Alcazar” by British-born American artist Eve Sussman, which deconstructs the painting “Las Meninas” (1656) by Spanish master Diego Velazquez in terms of time.

Korean artist Jung Yeondoo’s “Plan B” series show three pairs of photos that reproduce highly recognizable scenes from three movies. And the photos reveal that the reproduced images were taken in places where reality overwhelms fiction.

The exhibit also includes a video installation by Canadian artist Adad Hannah, and photography by Thomas Demand of Germany and Gregory Crewdson of the United States.

Other participants are the Russian artist group AES+F, Chinese cinematographer and photographer Yang Fudong, and Korean sculptor and installation artist Zin Kijong.

Admission is 7,000 won for adults. A day pass including admission to the permanent exhibitions is 13,000 won. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.

Go to Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 1, and walk five minutes.

(02) 2014-6900, www.leeum.org.

By Moon So-young

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