2014.3.4 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESPARK SOO-KEUN
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, are on display.
Admission is 10,000 won ($9.33) 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 renowned Spanish designer Javier Mariscal, who created the mascot “Cobi” for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics. The exhibition presents 1,200 pieces, including furniture, interior design, sculptures, drawings and other works in three rooms, with the themes of “Sketches,” “Collage Landscape” and “Colors Parade.”
Admission is 12,000 won for adults. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit No. 5 and walk five minutes.
(02) 325-1077, superseries.kr
Kukje Gallery, Jongno District
To March 23: This is a solo show of the works of British artist Julian Opie, who is well known for his simplified human figures, edged with bold black lines and full of dynamism.
The exhibition includes several paintings depicting the images of contemporary people walking on the streets of Seoul. The works depict in vivid colors men and women viewed from the side, walking through Sinsa-dong and Sadang-dong.
Admission is free. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and until 5 p.m. Sunday. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1 and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 735-8449, www.kukje.org
MASTERPIECES OF MODERN
MMCA Deoksu Palace, Jung District
To March 30: The exhibition features 100 paintings produced by 57 Korean modern painters from the 1920s to the 1970s.
They include not only popular artists like Kim Whan-ki and Park Soo-keun, but also artists who have been forgotten amid the turmoil of modern Korean history.
Admission is 6,000 won for adults, which covers the admission to the palace.
Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Tuesdays to Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and weekends. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Go to Seoul City Hall station, line No. 1 or 2, exit No. 1 or 2.
(02) 2022-0600, www.koreanpainting.kr or www.mmca.go.kr
Space BM, Yongsan District
To March 31: This is a solo show for the young painter Yim Ju-youn.
She painted discarded and wrinkled clothes in the early days of her career, as she was attracted by the intricacies of their accidental beauty. Now she paints herself taking off her clothes - far from being erotic, though, these works look almost like abstract paintings, as they focus on the blurred movement of clothes being taken off.
Admission is free. The galley is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.
Take bus 143, 401, 406 or 730 and walk 10 minutes from the Crown Hotel stop.