2014.4.16 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESMIRU KIM
Trunk Gallery, Jongno District
To April 29: In this solo show, Miru Kim, a 33-year-old Korean artist, shows her latest works and photographs, many taken in the desert. These new works are an extension of her former series, “Naked City Spleen,” which features Kim naked in abandoned industrial settings, and “The Pig That Therefore I Am,” in which she appears in the nude with caged hogs at industrial farms.
For her new photos, Kim lived in Jordan and kept her distance from contemporary civilization, according to the gallery.
Admission is free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1.
TALA MADANI & NATHANIEL MELLORS
PKM Gallery, Jongno District
To May 9: This is a two-person exhibition featuring the 33-year-old Iranian-born artist Tala Madani and 40-year-old British-born artist Nathaniel Mellors.
Madani is showing a series of paintings that look at middle-aged men’s basic desires. Mellors is presenting a 22-minute video called “The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview,” which deals with issues of power, class and communication through a story about an encounter between a Neanderthal and a future being.
Admission is free. The gallery is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. It is closed on weekends.
Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1 and walk five minutes.
(02) 734-9467, www.pkmgallery.com
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 parts of the crowd, but at the same time want to live as individuals with their own personality.
This interest can be seen from Jung’s early photography series on display, including “Hero,” “Evergreen Tower” and “Tokyo Brand City.” It can also be seen in his new work, “Crayon Pop Special.” The work, a collaboration with girl group Crayon Pop’s fans, who are mainly men in their 30s and 40s, consists of a video of performances by the devoted fans, called “Popjeossi,” and a stage installation for the girl group. The work focuses on the fans rather than the group, exploring the dreams and desires of the fans - grown-up men who are usually pressured to be serious and aloof about idol groups.
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 No. 8.
WHITE PORCELAIN JAR
Horim Art Center, Gangnam District
To June 21: This exhibition features 90 pieces of Joseon era (1392-1910) white porcelain jars. It features not only wonho, or rounded-style jars (often called “moon jars”), which have been greatly admired by artists and the public, but also ipho, or upright ceramics, which have been “somewhat neglected by the public,” according to the museum.
Admission costs 8,000 won. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays.
Take bus Nos. 145 or 4212 and get off at the Horim Art Center stop.
(02) 541-3525, www.horimartcenter.org