2014.1.15 GALLERYJUMPING WITH LOVE
Sejong Center, Jongno District
To Feb. 23: This is a solo show of Philippe Halsman (1906-79), a renowned Latvian-born American portrait photographer whose pictures appeared on the cover of 101 issues of Life magazine.
According to the organizers, Halsman intended to show the true nature of people and developed a philosophy of “jump photography,” in which he asked his models to jump. The models included Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and former U.S. President Richard Nixon.
Admission is 12,000 won ($11.33) for adults. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Go to Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1.
DAVID HOCKNEY: BIGGER TREES NEAR WARTER
MMCA Gwacheon, Gyeonggi
To Feb. 28: This is an exhibition of a gigantic multi-canvas painting, “Bigger Trees Near Warter,” by David Hockney, 76, one of the world’s most important living painters.
The painting, which was created in 2007 by the British artist and housed at Tate in London since 2008, is part of the two museums’ exchange and collaboration programs. Occupying 50 canvases, the painting measures 4.5 meters high by 12 meters wide (14 feet high by 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, www.moca.go.kr
TAOIST CULTURE IN KOREA National Museum of Korea, Yongsan District
To March 2: It is the first large-scale exhibition dedicated solely to Taoism, according to the museum. Taoism, along with Confucianism and Buddhism, was one of the three religions that formed the basis of Korean culture.
Among the 300 artifacts on display are seven national treasure items, including the Gilt-bronze “Incense Burner of Baekje” from the sixth or seventh century and the painting of Taoist Immortals by Kim Hong-do from the late Joseon era.
The exhibits also include ceramics, books, folk art and craft work ranging from ancient times to the Joseon era.
Admission is free. The museum is open until 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday; 7 p.m. on Sunday; and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. It is closed Monday. Go to Ichon Station, line No. 4, exit No. 2.
(02) 2077-9271, www.museum.go.kr
A PHOTOGRAPHER’S LIFE 1990-2005
Hangaram Art Museum of Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District
To March 4: This is a solo show of American photographer Annie Leibovitz, who is best known for her photos of celebrities such as the legendary 1980 photo showing John Lennon in the nude kissing his wife Yoko Ono.
The exhibition features nearly 200 pieces of Leibovitz’s photos between 1990 and 2005. They include not only celebrity portraits such as the lyrical black-and-white photo of actor Leonardo DiCaprio with a swan but also photos of political scenes and those of her friends.
Admission is 15,000 won for adults. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. It is closed on Jan. 27 and Feb. 24. Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit No. 5 and walk five minutes.
Leeum, Yongsan District
To March 23: This is a solo show of the renowned artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, 65, who has presented monochrome photographs that combine “conceptual thinking and formalistic simplicity” for more than four decades.
The exhibition includes not only his famous photographic series “Theaters” and “Portraits” but also conceptual sculptures and a video work based on his “Sea of Buddhas” series. Forty-nine of his works are on display.
Sugimoto uses photography to ask philosophical questions, such as whether photography is the most authentic tool for representing reality and recording history, as we believe.
Admission is 7,000 won for adults. A day pass that includes admission to the permanent exhibitions is 13,000 won. Hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.
Go to Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit No. 1 and walk five minutes.
(02) 2014-6900, www.leeum.org