Exhibitions featuring white porcelain works and the contemporary arts they inspireKO YOUNG HOON; HOMAGE TO THE BEING
Gana Art Center, Jongno District
To June 4: Ko Young-hoon, 62, well known for his tenacity with hyper-realist paintings, is holding an exhibition of 35 pieces from his latest works, including paintings that depict moon jars and other Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) white porcelain.
In reference to the paint works, the artist paradoxically said his “hyper-realism” is not actually realism: “The porcelain in my paintings are not the representations of reality … they are not the porcelain themselves but the essence of beauty in them.”
Admission is 3,000 won ($2.90). The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Go to Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 3, and take bus No. 1711 to the Lotte Apartment stop.
(02) 720-1020, www.ganaart.com
WHITE PORCELAIN JAR
Horim Art Center, Gangnam District
To June 21: Ninety pieces of Joseon-era white porcelain jars are featured in this exhibition, including wonho, or rounded-style jars (often called moon jars), which have always been admired by artists and the rest of society. Ipho, or upright ceramics, which have been “somewhat neglected by the public,” according to the museum, are also on display.
Admission costs 8,000 won. The center’s opening 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
ADMIRATION FOR WHITE PORCELAIN
Seoul Museum, Jongno District
To Aug. 31: “Admiration for White Porcelain” is an exhibition of contemporary art works inspired by moon jars and white porcelain pottery that originated in the Joseon Dynasty.
The show, featuring 56 works by 27 local artists, is divided into three sections. Section one is for modern-era painters, including important abstract painters Kim Whanki (1913-74) and Chung Chang-sup (1927-2011). Section two is for contemporary artists such as photographer Koo Bohnchang and painter-installation artist Kang Ik-joong. Section three 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
THE TREASURES OF KANSONG
Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Dongdaemun District
To Sept. 28: This is the first exhibition of the Kansong Art Museum’s collection outside the museum itself. Established in 1938, the 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 on display include Hunminjeongeum Haeryebon (National Treasure No. 70), a guide to the creation of Hangul, or the Korean alphabet. Among them is also White Porcelain Jar with Chrysanthemum Designs in Underglaze Iron (National Treasure No. 294). The painting of this is included in hyper-realist artist Ko Young-hoon’s solo show.
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