2013.4.17 Gallery ListingMEMORY OF A LANDSCAPE I HAVE NEVER SEEN
Deoksu Palace branch of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Jung District
To Sunday: 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 ($10.76) 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; 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
GOOD LABOR BAD ART
Plateau, Jung District
To May 26: This is a solo show of Korean conceptual artist Gimhongsok.
Some of the works on display show what the playful artist calls “autonomous and original translation” with satirical tones. They include “Canine Construction,” which resembles the famous “Balloon Dog” by American neo-pop artist Jeff Koons, but unlike his expensive shiny creation looks like it was made with black garbage bags. Gimhongsok presents works made of waste that remains after the production and delivery of sculptures and installations, reflecting his questions about “the center and margin.” With other works, Gimhongsok raises the issue of “hidden labor” of people who participate in the production and delivery of art but stand in the shadows behind the artist.
Admission is 3,000 won for adults. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and is closed Monday.
Go to City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 8, and walk for five minutes.
FRANCE IN SONGEUN: THE FRENCH HAUNTED HOUSE
Songeun Art Space, Gangnam District
To June 8: Twelve young French artists and French curator Gael Charbau have decorated the art gallery with fascinating French ghosts. The exhibition shows 41 works, including paintings, sculptures, installations, photos and videos.
It starts with a grand piano that makes a thunder-like sound regularly though no one is banging on its keys. This is a work by Stephane Vigny, who makes surrealistic art through unexpected and witty combinations of daily objects.
The works on display also include a group of trophy heads, which are grotesque hybrids of two or more animals, by Julien Salaud, and sculptures of four ghosts that make “The Invisible Family,” more humorous than frightening, by Theo Mercier. ?
Admission is free. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. It is closed on Sunday. Go to Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit 9, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 3448-0100, www.songeunartspace.org.
By Moon So-young