2014.3.18 MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Kukje Gallery, Jongno District
To Sunday: 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.
Whereas their features are simplified, their bags, sunglasses, mobile phones and other accessories are all depicted in stylish detail.
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
Leeum, Yongsan District
To Sunday: This is a solo exhibition of the renowned artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, 65, who has presented monochrome photography 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. A total of 49 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 1 and walk five minutes.
(02) 2014-6900, www.leeum.org
Artsonje Center, Gallery IHN, Lee Hwaik Gallery, Gallery SKAPE, One and J Gallery and Opsis Gallery.
The six venues are in Jongno District
To Sunday: This exhibition, inspired from Dutch conceptual artist Jan Dibbets’s video work “Horizon” series, features not only Dibbets’ works but also 14 artists’ video works that give unconventional perspectives about the land, sea and sky - the three elements represented by the horizon line.
The multinational exhibition, curated by Kim Machan, director of the Media Art Asia Pacific(MAAP), will tour Seoul, the Chinese city of Shanghai and the Australian city of Brisbane in turn. In its first destination, Seoul, the artworks are exhibited across six neighboring galleries in the art zone east of Gyeongbok Palace.
Participating artists include Kimsooja and Jung Yeondoo of Korea, Lauren Brincat and Barbara Campbell of Australia and Wang Gongxin of China.
Admission is free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1 and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 733-8945, www.artsonje.org
Sejong Center, Jongno District
To March 25: Photographer Jay Ahn has been taking photographs of alleyways of old shops selling tools and materials for crafts in Cheonggye Stream, central Seoul, since 2004, as part of her “Frozen In Time” project. She interprets the discolored and gloomy alleyways into her own “sense of color,” and captures them in her camera. Ahn says she finds beauty in such old and colorless alleyways that feature “the traces of exhaustion of life in the middle of a vibrant and colorful city of Seoul.” This is her 5th solo exhibition.
Admission is free. The exhibition center of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts opens from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Go to Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exhit No. 7.
(02) 399-1751, www.sejongpac.or.kr
MASTERPIECES OF MODERN KOREAN PAINTINGS
MMCA Deoksu Palace, Jung District
To March 30: The exhibition features one hundred 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 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
SongEun Art Space, Gangnam District
To Apr 12: This is a solo show of artist Han Kyung-woo, 35, who won the Grand Prize among the four SongEun ArtAward finalists in 2011.
Han has long explored the cultural backgrounds and fixed ideas of humans that affect their visual perception and the following optical illusions.
Among the works on display are what look like typical hand shadow puppets on screens. Actually, they are the shadows of sculptures depicting real animals.
“With these, Han explores images that are shaped from our desires and familiarities while simultaneously highlighting the existing gap between those and the real,” the museum said.
Admission is free. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. It is closed on Sundays.
Go to Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit 9 and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 3448-0100, www.songeunartspace.org.
SPECTACLE IN PERSPECTIVE
Plateau Gallery, Jung District
To June 8: This is a solo exhibition of Jung Yeondoo.
The artist has always shown interest in the dreams and desires of ordinary people, who live as anonymous part of the crowd but at the same time, want to live as an individual with personality.
It is seen from Jung’s early photography series on display including “Hero,” “Evergreen Tower,” and “Tokyo Brand City.” It is also obvious in one of his new works that the exhibition introduces - “Crayon Pop Special.” The work, a collaboration with the fans of the girl group Crayon Pop, who are mainly men in their 30s and 40s, consists of the video of performances by the devoted fans called Popjeossi, their objects and a stage installation for the girl group. The work actually focuses on the fans rather than the girl group, exploring the dreams and desires of the fans - grown-up men who are pressed to act gravely and to be aloof about idol groups in the Korean society.
Tickets cost 3,000 won ($2.80) for adults. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.
Go to City Hall Station, line No. 2, exit 8. www.plateau.or.kr.1577-7595.