2013.12.10 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESCOLORFUL KOREA
Park Ryu Sook Gallery,
To tomorrow: A special exhibition celebrates the gallery’s 30th anniversary.
The show features three Korean painters most preferred by collectors - Kim Whanki (1913-63), Lee Dae-won (1921-2005) and Kim Chong-hak, 76.
“Their common point is that they had or have great interest in Korea’s unique nature and traditional art, while using the techniques of Western modernism,” said Park Ryu-sook, head of the gallery. “They have modernized the old beauty of Korean colors in different ways.”
Works by popular photographer Bae Bien-u and dye master artisan Han Gwang-seok are also included in the exhibition. Admission is free.
The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Go to Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit No. 9 and walk 10 minutes.
(02) 549-7575, www.parkryusook
JESUS AND THE DEAF SHEEP
To Jan. 19: Why not paint Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary and the Apostles in hanbok (Korean traditional clothing) with Korean appearances in Korean settings? That’s what Kim Ki-chang (1914-2001), one of the most important artists in Korean modern art history, realized. Kim, better known by his pen name Unbo, made 30 paintings in 1952, amid the 1950-53 Korean War, in the traditional East Asian style that depict the life of Christ from the Annunciation to the Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension. Now, the 30 paintings are part of a collection at the Seoul Museum.
The museum is exhibiting them with an additional 30 paintings by Unbo to celebrate Christmas and to honor the 100th birthday of Unbo, which is next year.
Admission is 9,000 won ($8.50) for adults and covers admission to Seokpajeong, a hanok (traditional Korean house) behind the museum that was once the summer residence of King Gojong’s father.
Hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday.
Take bus No. 1020, 1711, 7016, 7018, 7022 or 7212 to the Jahamun Tunnel stop.
(02) 395-0100, www.seoulmuseum.org
RYAN MCGINLEY: MAGIC
Daelim Museum, Jongno District
To Feb. 23: The solo show of popular American photographer Ryan McGinley features photos of young people freely running, jumping or dancing, often in open, colorful landscapes. Most of them are in the nude, but their bodies in motion carry with them a sense of primitive freedom rather than eroticism.
“Activity is a very important element in my photography,” McGinley, 36, said in Seoul earlier this month. “And the biggest reason why I take pictures of young people is their rebellion and, most of all, freedom.”
Admission is 5,000 won for adults. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Go to Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit No. 3 or 4, and walk for five minutes.
(02) 720-0667, www.daelimmuseum.org
MMCA Seoul, Jongno District
To Feb. 28: This is one of the five inaugural exhibits of the 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 to explore the boundaries of fine art and the meaning of art in our daily lives.
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 daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with closing times extended to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
It is closed on Mondays. The museum is a 10-minute walk from Anguk Station, line No. 3. Take exit No. 1.
(02) 3701-9500, www.mmca.go.kr
By Moon So-young