2014.2.11 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESRYAN MCGINLEY:
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 said 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 ($4.70) 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 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 No. 1.
(02) 3701-9500, www.mmca.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.
Admission is free. The museum is open until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays; 7 p.m. on Sundays; and 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. It is closed Mondays. Go to Ichon Station, line No. 4, exit No. 2.
(02) 2077-9271, www.museum.go.kr
A PHOTOGRAPHER’S LIFE
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 portraits of celebrities, such as the 1980 photo of a nude John Lennon kissing his wife, Yoko Ono, for the Rolling Stone magazine cover.
The exhibition features nearly 200 of Leibovitz’s photos between 1990 and 2005. They include photos of political scenes and wars and those of her families and friends, showing the photographer’s various sides.
Admission is 15,000 won for adults. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. It is closed on Feb. 24. Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit No. 5 and walk five minutes.
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 of 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