2013.10.29 MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Daegu Art Museum, Daegu
To Sunday: This is the largest retrospective ever in Korea of the famous Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. The exhibition features 119 pieces of her works encompassing paintings, sculptures and installations and interactive media art. Many of the works have dots in her signature style. She is well known for sublimating her obsession with dots into art.
Admission is 5,000 won ($4.70) for adults.
Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is closed on Mondays.
(02) 790-3000, www.daeguartmuseum.org
Kumho Museum of Art, Jongno District
To Sunday: This is a solo show of Kim Ho-deuk, the 63-year-old veteran artist who focused on flat paintings in East-Asian style in his earlier days but came to cover installations made of hanji, or Korean traditional paper.
The highlight of the show is “Wave of Mind, Awakening Moment - Feeling Space,” which consists of many sheets of hanji hanging from the ceiling in a line with subtle changes in height and a square pond full of dark water below them. The spaces between the hanji sheets, their delicate movements, their shadows on the water and the walls also complete the work.
Admission is 3,000 won for adults.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. It is closed on Mondays.
(02) 720-5114, www.kumhomuseum.com
THE SLEEP OF REASON
Songeun Art Space, Gangnam District
To Dec. 7: This is the first solo show in Korea of the British artist duo Jake and Dinos Chapman, often known as the Chapman Brothers. They are famous for challenging the sanctity of other artists’ works and the innocence of children, not to mention issues like violence, death and sex.
The exhibits include “One Day You Will No Longer Be Loved” (2013), a group of anonymous portraits from the 19th century, made by unknown artists, but transformed into grotesque figures as the Chapman Brothers painted over their faces.
Admission is free. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. It is closed on Sundays.
Go to Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit No. 9 and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 3448-0100, www.songeunartspace.org.
Artsonje Center, Jongno District
To Jan. 12: This is a solo show by Jewyo Rhii featuring conceptual artworks inspired from the artist’s daily experiences in her studio in Itaewon, central Seoul. Rhii, 42, stayed in Itaewon between 2009 and 2011 after traveling around the world for more than two decades.
The exhibit includes “Fence,” which she made with various materials that she gathered to protect her studio from intruders. Among the exhibits is also “Moving Floor,” which are wooden floorboards that have small wheels beneath them, making the floor very unstable.
“By actually walking on the ‘Moving Floor,’ the audience can physically experience the anxiety the artist went through in Itaewon,” the museum said.
Admission is 5,000 won for adults.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. It is closed on Mondays.
Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1 and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 733-8945, www.artsonje.org
DAVID HOCKNEY: BIGGER TREES NEAR WARTER
MMCA Gwacheon, Gyeonggi
To Feb. 28: This is the exhibition of a gigantic multi-canvas painting, “Bigger Trees Near Warter,” by David Hockney, 76, one of the world’s most important living painters. Occupying 50 canvases, the painting reaches 4.5 meters high and 12 meters wide (14 feet high and 39 feet wide), making it the largest of Hockney’s recent works.
Admission is 2,000 won.
Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Tuesday to Friday, and to 8 p.m. on weekends. It is closed on Mondays.
Go to Seoul Grand Park Station, line No. 4, exit No. 4 and take the shuttle bus.
(02) 2188-6114, visit www.moca.go.kr.
By Moon So-young