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Seoul Museum of Art, Jung District

To Sunday: The third edition of the annual festival, hosted by the city government, has the theme “Portraits of Our Time: 1883-2013” to look back on the modern history of Seoul and Korea through portraits of its people.

The festival’s main exhibitions are divided into two parts: Part one is “Portraits in the Modern Era,” and Part two is “Portraits Today.” Part two includes typical portraits of models and celebrities for magazine covers over the period of fast economic growth, as well as portraits of ordinary people by photojournalists and fine-art photographers.

Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The closing time is shortened to 6 p.m. on weekends.

Go to Seoul City Hall Station, line No. 2, exit 10 and walk five minutes.

(070) 8240-9902. www.seoulphotofestival.com/2013


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 9 and walk for 10 minutes.

(02) 3448-0100, www.songeunartspace.org.


Hite Collection Gallery, Gangnam

To Dec. 14: This is an exhibition of work by seven painters from around the world - Hurvin Anderson from Britain, Frederic Bruly Bouabre of the Ivory Coast, Marcel Dzama, who is based in New York, Bernard Frize from France, Tim Johnson from Australia, Amikam Toren, who is based in London, and Zhang Enli from China.

Admission is free. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is closed on Sundays. Go to Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit 14.

(02) 3219-0271


Artsonje Center, Jongno District

To Jan. 12: This is a solo show by Jewyo Rhii, featuring conceptual works 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.

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 ($4.50).

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 1 and walk for 10 minutes.

(02) 733-8945, www.artsonje.org


MMCA Seoul, Jongno District

To Feb. 28: This is one of the five inaugural exhibits of MMCA Seoul, which opened to the public on Nov. 13.

The show encompasses both conceptual works in which ideas and interactions with viewers take precedence over visual impact, and works with strong visual and sensory impact explore the boundaries of fine art and the meaning of art in our daily life.

For the show, seven influential curators from around the world - including Richard Flood from the United States, Ann Gallagher from the United Kingdom and Pooja Sood from India - selected seven artists, including Korean artist Yang Min-ha, Taiwanese artist Lee Mingwei and British artist Tacita Dean.

Admission to the five inaugural exhibitions in a package is 7,000 won.

The museum is open each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the closing time extended to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It is closed on Mondays. It is a 10-minute walk from Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1.

(02) 3701-9500, www.mmca.go.kr

By Moon So-young

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