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Gallery Hyundai, Jongno District

To Tuesday: This is a solo show of Kim Whanki (1913-1974), the first-generation abstract painter in Korea, focused on his “dot paintings” in his New-York era (1963-1974).

The exhibition celebrates the 100th birthday of Kim, one of the most beloved artists in Korea.

The exhibition shows more than 70 pieces of his “dot paintings” in oil on paper, which are less known than his works in oil on linen or cotton but are “as important as those works,” according to the gallery.

“From 1967 to 1973, Kim painted on various sorts of papers, including newspapers and traditional Korean papers, as if writing down diaries,” the gallery said. “These pieces that became a portfolio of his later dot paintings are appreciated as important works as oil on cotton or oil on linen.”

Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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.


Ewha Womans University Museum

To July 31: This exhibition features Korean old masters’ paintings, crafts of the Joseon period (1392-1910) and contemporary artists’ works related to wind, “which has served as a rich metaphor for various aspects of human life or has been interpreted as divine power,” according to the museum.

Old masters’ paintings include “Wind-swept Bamboo” by Kim Gyu-jin, which visualizes wind through the movement of bamboo.

Among the contemporary artists’ works is “Wind-Folk Amusement” by Lee Seung-taek (1971), which is a series of photos documenting the artist’s performance with long, red clothes in the wind. The exhibits also include Byun Jihoon’s “The Wind”, which is the digital image of a white curtain programmed to blow depending on the strength of the real-time wind in Haeundae Beach of the southern port city of Busan.

Admission is free. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Sundays and national holidays.

Go to Ewha Womans University Station, line No. 2, exit 2 or 3, and walk for 10 minutes.

(02) 3277-3152, www.museum.ewha.ac.kr.

Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau & Utopia

Hangaram Art Museum of Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District

To Sept. 22: This is a retrospective of Alphonse Mucha, the Czech artist and designer remembered as an iconic figure of the Art Nouveau movement.

The movement influenced much of the decorative arts from the mid-1880s to 1910, including painting, jewelry, glassware, pottery, textiles, graphic work and architecture.

The exhibition is divided into six parts. The first part features theater posters for the legendary French actress Sarah Bernhardt, including “Gismonda,” which became a breakthrough for Mucha, who was young and poor at the time.

The second and third parts show the artist’s various ad campaign posters and decorative illustrations.

Exhibits in the last three parts show works reflecting his interest in mysticism and admiration for Slavic culture.

Admission is 12,000 won ($10.73) for adults. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is closed on the last Monday of the month.

Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5, and walk for 10 minutes.

1666-2775, www.mucha2013.com.


Hangaram Art Museum of Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District

To Sept. 22: The exhibition offers elaborate digital reproductions of 35 famous paintings in Western art history, including “The Ambassadors,” by Hans Holbein and “The Summer,” by Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

This is a tour of the 2010 exhibition “Revelations” from the Petit Palais in France to Korea. The exhibition shows in-depth analysis of each painting in terms of drawing, color, light, shadow, perspective, materials and emotion, with high-resolution images, holograms, 3-D multi-screens and customized sounds.

Tickets are 12,000 won ($10.73) for adults. The exhibition is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. but is closed on the last Monday of every month.

Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5.

(02) 580-1300, www.secretmuseum.co.kr.

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