2014.5.7 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESTALA MADANI & NATHANIEL MELLORS
To Friday: This two-person exhibition features 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 the basic desires of middle-aged men. Mellors, meanwhile, 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
Kukje Gallery, Jongno District
To Sunday: “Reading Landscape” is a solo show by 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,” according to the gallery. The artist is known for deconstructing commercial products and hanging them up 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
Artsonje Center, Jongno District
To June 1: This retrospective commemorates 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), 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 ($2.90). Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. The gallery is closed on Mondays.
Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1 and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 733-8945, www.artsonje.org
WHITE PORCELAIN JAR
Horim Art Center, Gangnam District
To June 21: Ninety pieces of Joseon era (1392-1910) white porcelain jars are featured in this exhibition, including wonho, or rounded-style jars (often called “moon jars”), which have been greatly admired by artists and the public. Ipho, or upright ceramics, have been “somewhat neglected by the public,” according to the museum, and are also on show.
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
To July 13: The MMCA 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).
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
ADMIRATION FOR WHITE PORCELAIN
To Aug. 31: This is an exhibition of modern and contemporary artists’ works inspired by the moon jar and other white porcelains that originated in the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).
The show, featuring 56 works by 27 local artists, is divided into three sections.Section 1 is for modern-era painters including important abstract painters Kim Whanki (1913-74) and Chung Chang-sup (1927-2011). Section 2 is for contemporary artists including photographer Koo Bohnchang and painter and installation artist Kang Ik-joong. Section 3 is for contemporary ceramists.
Admission is 9,000 won for adults. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Take bus Nos. 1020, 1711, 7016, 7018, 7022 or 7212 to the Jahamun Tunnel stop.
(02) 395-0100, www.seoulmuseum.org