2013.7.2 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESPOLITE OWL: IN THE VALLEY
Gallery Factory, Jongno District
To Friday: This solo show from young Korean artist Suki Seokyeong Kang features nine of her latest installations and paintings.
The works were inspired by the poems about the owl in “The Classic of Poetry” or “Shi Jing,” the oldest collection of Chinese poetry. The owl, which kills other birds’ chicks and destroys their homes, is a metaphor for the greedy politicians of the time. Kang has put small owl sculptures in her installations by piling up found objects in fragile balance to create tension.
Admission is free. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s closed on Mondays.
Go to Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit No. 3 or 4, and walk for 7-8 minutes.
(02) 733-4883, www.factory483.org.
KIM CHONG HAK
Gallery Hyundai, Jongno District
To Sunday: This is a retrospective of Kim Chong-hak, one of the most beloved living Korean painters, held to celebrate his 77th birthday.
The exhibition features about 60 of Kim’s paintings, ranging from signature works such as flower-filled landscapes on Mount Seorak, where he has been living for decades, to some portraits which have been rarely shown to the public. The exhibits also include old farming tools that the artist has collected.
Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday. Go to exit No. 1 of Anguk Station, line No. 3, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 2287-3500, www.galleryhyundai.com.
BEYOND THE VEIL
Arario Gallery Seoul, Gangnam District
To Sunday: This is the second solo show of Filipino artist Geraldine Javier in Korea.
Under the theme “Representations of Death and Various Responses,” Javier, now one of stars in the Southeast Asian contemporary art scene, presents seven paintings, sculptures and installations along with eight photographs.
In her signature style, many of her paintings and sculptures use craft elements such as embroidery and tatting lace.
Admission is free. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday.
Take blue bus No. 143, 240, 362 or 410 and get off at Cheongdam Elementary School.
(02) 541-5701, www.arariogallery.com.
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Deoksugung, Jung District
To July 21: This exhibition looks back on the life and art criticism of Yanagi Muneyoshi (1889-1961) based on his art collection, which includes white porcelain from Korea’s Joseon period (1392-1910) and wooden Buddhist sculptures from Japan.
The Japanese art theorist is best known for founding the Mingei movement, which regarded the craft of everyday objects created by anonymous people as art. Behind the movement were his strong impressions of the “unsophisticated beauty” of Joseon art.
Admission is 5,000 won ($4.40) for adults. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and 10 p.m. Friday to Sunday. It is closed on Monday. Go to City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit No. 1, 2 or 3.
(02) 2188-6114, www.moca.go.kr.
GAUGUIN: VOYAGE INTO THE MYTH AND AFTER
Seoul Museum of Art, Jung District
To Sept. 29: This is the first-ever retrospective in Korea of Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), the legendary French Post-Impressionist.
About 60 paintings, sculptures and wood prints are on display. Among them are several paintings considered to be especially important in Gauguin’s oeuvre including “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?” which the artist intended to be his last word on his Tahiti period.
“The Yellow Christ” and “The Portrait of the Artist with the Yellow Christ,” which Gauguin made in his earlier Brittany period, are also on display side by side, giving the viewers a rare chance to see the two famous paintings, from different museums, together.
Admission is 13,000 won for adults. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. except on the first and third Tuesday of each month, when it’s open until 10 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Go to Seoul City Hall station, line No. 2, exit 10 and walk five minutes.
By Moon So-young