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Kim Daljin Museum of Art Archives,

Mapo District

To Saturday: This exhibition displays 210 art textbooks used in elementary, middle and high schools in 20th-century Korea. Among them is a book published by the Korean Imperial government in 1907, which appears more like a drawing practice book than an art theory publication. Middle-school textbooks published in 1966, co-written by famous abstract artists Kim Whanki and Park Seo-bo, are also shown, which are closer to today’s textbooks as they include art theory and art history.

Admission to the exhibition is free. The museum is closed on Sundays.

Go to Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 8 and walk for 10 minutes.

(02) 730-6216,




Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP),

Dongdaemun District

To Saturday: Zaha Hadid is displaying 53 of her products at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza. The renowned Iraqi-British architect designed the DDP, which opened in March.

Admission for adults is 4,000 won ($3.90). The plaza is closed on Mondays.

Go to Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station, subway lines No. 2, 4 or 5, exit 1.

(02) 2266-7077, www.ddp.or.kr


Artsonje Center, Jongno District

To Sunday: “Something for Nothing” is a retrospective commemorating 10 years since Yiso Bahc passed away at the age of 47. Bahc 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. 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



Gana Art Center, Jongno District

To June 4: Ko Young-hoon, 62, well known for his tenacity with hyper-realist paintings, is showing 35 pieces of his latest work, including paintings that depict moon jars and other Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) white porcelain pieces.

In reference to the paintings, 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,” he stated.

Admission is 3,000 won. 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



Hangaram Art Museum of Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District

To June 15: “I Dream I Dreamed” is a large-scale retrospective of the celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. The exhibit was created by and held at the Daegu Art Museum last year before moving on to Shanghai earlier this year. The show is now based in Seoul but will head to other major Asian cities at a later date, including New Delhi in 2015.

The exhibition features 120 pieces of Kusuma’s art, which encompasses paintings, sculptures, installations and interactive media art.

Many of the works include dots, Kusuma’s signature style, originating from the illusions she has conjured in her mind since she began to suffer from depersonalization syndrome, which includes obsessive-compulsive disorder. Kusuma is well known for sublimating her fixation with dots into art.

Admission is 15,000 won for adults.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit No. 5, and walk five minutes.

(02) 790-3000, www.daeguartmuseum.org


Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art

Yongsan District

To June 29: Ten artists up to the age of 45 were invited to exhibit their works as finalists of the ArtSpectrum Award. The Leeum museum announced on Friday that it chose Lee Wan, 35, as the winner for a video in which he discusses the value of labor and related installation works that record the artist’s time toiling on a Taiwanese sugar cane farm.

The other finalists include Kim Minae, a sculptor who presents “fake” or “parasitic” structures linked to real architectural spaces; 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



National Museum of Korea, Yongsan District

To Aug. 31: Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works are the focus of this exhibition, which show the transformation of the Western social environment, thoughts and aesthetics in the late 19th century and the impact they made on modern art.

More than 175 paintings, drawings and other works of craft on loan from the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, including paintings by Claude Monet and Henri Rousseau, are on display.

Tickets for adults are 12,000 won.

The exhibit opens from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays; and to 7 p.m. on Sundays and national holidays. It closes on Mondays.

(02) 2077-9000, www.museum.go.kr


Daelim Museum, Jongno District

To Oct. 12: Conny Freyer, Eva Rucki and Sebastien Noel, a London-based trio of artists who call themselves Troika, are exhibiting “Persistent Illusions” in Seoul. Using both digital and analogue media, the artists raise questions about the environment around us.

Among the exhibits is an installation that depicts the previous day’s weather. This piece makes fun of people’s obsession with getting up-to-date information all day, every day.

Admission is 5,000 won for adults. The exhibition’s opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.

Go to Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 3.

(02) 720-0667, www.daelimmuseum.org

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