2014.5.20 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESYISO BAHC: SOMETHING FOR NOTHING
Artsonje Center, Jongno District
To June 1: “Something for Nothing” is a retrospective commemorating 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 concept of postmodernism to Korea in the early 1990s.
The exhibition features Bahc’s irony-filled installation works. 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 already existing categories and meanings.”
Admission is 3,000 won ($2.90). Opening 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
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art
To June 29: Ten artists up to the age of 45 were invited to exhibit their works as ArtSpectrum Award finalists.
The spectrum of the chosen artists is very wide. They include Kim Minae, a sculptor who presents “fake” or “parasitic” structures linked to real architectural spaces; Lee Eun-sil, a painter who depicts erotic or provocative themes in traditional Korean paintings and motifs; Park Bo-na, who hired performers to act as unusual museum tour guides wearing tap-dancing shoes; and Song Hojun, an artist and engineer who launched a satellite without any support from the state science authorities.
Admission is 6,000 won for adults. A day pass that includes admission to the permanent exhibition is 12,000 won. The museum’s opening hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.
Head to Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 1 and walk five minutes.
(02) 2014-6900, www.leeum.org
MMCA Seoul, Jongno District
To July 13: The MMCA presents a retrospective of Shirin Neshat, 57, a New York-based Iranian artist and film director who largely uses photography and video to talk about identity and complicated conditions for 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
SongEun Art Space, Gangnam District
To Aug.9: “Italy” is a group show of promising Italian young artists, designed by two guest curators - Angelo Gioe and Maria Rosa Sossai.
The title implies skepticism about Western-oriented modernity and belief in a linear progress of history.
In the exhibition, 22 Italian artists, born between the mid-1960s and mid-’80s, show the aesthetic and expressive changes made by new Italian artists.
According to the museum, the show is a process of analysis and a mapping of the Italian art scene through five separate sections - “Uninventing modernity,” ”Plurality of worlds,” “Parallel cosmograms,” “Policies of nature” and “Thinking about the present.”
Admission is free. Opening hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. The art space is closed on Sundays.
Go to Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit No. 9, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 3448-0100, www.songeunartspace.org
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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