2014.4.23 MUSEUMS & GALLERIES299 792 458 M/S
To Sunday: This is a solo show of Chilean artist Ivan Navarro. The 42-year-old artist presents 14 sculptures and installations mostly made of neon lights and mirrors.
Through the reflections, the repetition of neon lines gives the illusion of deep spaces - sometimes a continuing descent or ascension.
The mirrors look minimalist but they also have sociopolitical meanings, the gallery explained, as neon light represents both suppression and hope to the artist who grew up under Chile’s dictatorship.
Admission is free. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Go to exit No. 1 of Anguk Station, line No. 3, and walk for 10 minutes.
TAPAS: SPANISH DESIGN FOR FOOD
Korea Foundation Gallery, Jung District
To April 29: This is an exhibition of contemporary design products related to cuisine from Spain.
The exhibition consists of three sections: the Kitchen, the Table and the Food.
Some of the exhibits are traditional things reinvented with a modern touch. Porron pompero, a small glass attachment that fits directly into the mouth of a wine bottle, turns the bottle into a kind of porron, or traditional Spanish wine pitcher, which enables people to drink without a glass.
The simple citrus spray sticks directly into a lemon or lime and allows users to squeeze the handle and spray the fruit’s juice on whatever they are cooking.
Admission is free. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. The gallery is closed Sundays.
Go to Euljiro 1-ga Station, subway line No. 2, exit No. 1.
(02) 2151-6520, www.kf.or.kr
Kukje Gallery, Jongno District
To May 11: This is a solo show of 47-year-old Mexican artist Damian Ortega. The exhibition features his sculptures and installations, showing “his unique use of materials and ongoing interest in exploring the forces that shape our world,” the gallery said.
The artist is well known for often deconstructing commercial products into parts and hanging them in the air to create what looks like celestial bodies balanced under a cosmic power.
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
YISO BAHC: SOMETHING FOR NOTHING
To June 1: This is a retrospective to commemorate the 10th year since Yiso Bahc passed away at the age of 47. He was a pioneering conceptual artist and art theorist, who introduced the concepts of postmodernism in the early 1990s in Korea.
The exhibition features Bahc’s irony-filled installation works, such as “Your Bright Future” (2002), which consists of 10 electric lamps whose lights are directed toward one spot on the gallery’s wall. The spot is too bright and nothing is seen but the light, like a vague vision of success.
Bahc said in a statement in 2000 that the act of making art is “to maneuver in reverse mode into the vast and limitless field of “gaps” among those already existing categories and meanings.”
Admission is 3,000 won. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. It is closed on Mondays.
Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1 and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 733-8945, www.artsonje.org
MMCA Seoul, Jongno district
To July 13: This is a retrospective of Shirin Neshat, 57, a New York-based Iranian artist and film director who largely uses photography and video to talk about the complicated conditions and identities of Muslim women around the world.
The show features about 50 works, including two photography series - the early series “Women of Allah” (1993-7), which brought fame to the artist, and the photographic installation “The Book of Kings” (2012).
The exhibit also includes the black-and-white video trilogy “Turbulent”(1998), “Rapture” (1999) and “Fervor”(2000).
“Her work explores the political and social conditions of Iranian and Muslim culture, particularly focusing on gender and questions of power,” the museum said in a statement.
Admission is 4,000 won.
The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with closing time extended to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The museum is a 10-minute walk from Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1.
(02) 3701-9500, www.mmca.go.kr
THE TREASURES OF KANSONG
To Sept. 28: This is the first exhibition of the Kansong Art Museum’s collection outside the museum itself. Established in 1938, Kansong is Korea’s oldest private museum and previously only opened its doors to the public twice a year for a fortnight at its home in Seongbuk-dong, northern Seoul.
The 100 artifacts include Hunminjeongeum Haeryebon (National Treasure No. 70), a guide to the creation of Hangul, or the Korean alphabet. There are also 10 paintings from the Album of Genre Paintings by Joseon-era artist Shin Yun-bok (1758-?), which is part of National Treasure No. 135.
Tickets for adults are 8,000 won.
The exhibition opens each day at 10 a.m. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays it closes at 7 p.m., while on Wednesdays and Fridays it stays open until 9 p.m. The plaza is closed on Mondays. Go to the Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station, subway line Nos. 2, 4 or 5, exit No. 1.
(02) 2266-7077, www.ddp.or.kr
By Moon So-young [email@example.com]