2014.1.22 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESRYAN MCGINLEY: MAGIC MAGNIFIER
Daelim Museum, Jongno District
To Feb. 23: The solo show of popular American photographer Ryan McGinley features photos of young people running, jumping and 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.
Admission is 5,000 won ($4.69) for adults. Hours are from 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
ALL THE WAY FROM KOREA Opera Gallery, Gangnam District
To Feb. 23: This is a group show of five local artists.
Among them, Son Bong-chae presents 3-D paintings that he created by drawing pine trees in an East Asian style on bulletproof glass panels and then overlapping them to make one work. Park Ji-eun’s paintings, illustrated by using traditional calligraphy ink strokes, shows scenes from various cities that the artist has visited.
The other three are Lee Lee-nam, a media artist, Han Ho, who is gaining fame for his installation of light effects, and Jang Seung-hyo, who is well known for encompassing and combining various art genres, including sculpture, photography and video art.
Admission is free. The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is closed on national holidays. Go to Apgujeong Station, line No. 3, exit 3 and walk for 15 minutes.
(02) 3446-0070, www.operagallery.com
CONNECTING-UNFOLDING MMCA Seoul, Jongno District
To Feb. 28: This is one of five inaugural exhibits at 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 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 costs 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 No. 1.
(02) 3701-9500, www.mmca.go.kr
Gana Insa Art Center, Jongno District
To March 16: This is a retrospective of Park Soo-keun (1914-65), one of Korea’s most beloved modern artists, to celebrate the 100th year since his birth. It is the largest-ever exhibition of the painter, according to Gana Art. About 120 works by Park, including oils, watercolors and drawings, will be on display.
Among the paintings being shown is the famous “Washing Place,” the most expensive Korean painting ever sold at a local art auction. (The painting went for 4.52 billion won, or $4.27 million, at Gana’s affiliate Seoul Auction in 2007.)
Admission is 10,000 won for adults. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., but closing time is extended to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 6 and walk for five minutes.
(02) 736-1020, www.insaartcenter.com
MARISCAL: THE ART PLAYER
Hangaram Design Museum of Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District
To March 16: This is a retrospective of the renowned Spanish designer Javier Mariscal, who created the mascot Cobi for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics and co-directed the 2010 animated feature-length film “Chico and Rita.”
The exhibition presents 1,200 pieces, including furniture, interior designs, sculptures, drawings and others in three rooms with the themes of “Sketches,” “Collage Landscape” and “Colors Parade.”
Admission is 12,000 for adults. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 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.
By Moon So-young