2014.1.29 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESJUMPING 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 No. 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 the 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,
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 organized religions that formed the basis of Korean culture.
Among the 300 artifacts on display are seven National Treasures, including the Gilt-bronze “Incense Burner of Baekje” from the sixth or seventh century and the painting “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
JESUS AND THE DEAF SHEEP
Seoul Museum, Jongno District
To March 16: 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, did. 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 and Resurrection.
The museum is exhibiting them with an additional 30 paintings by Unbo to honor the 100th birthday of Unbo, which is this year.
Admission is 9,000 won 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
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.
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