2014.6.4 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESSPECTACLE IN PERSPECTIVE
To Sunday: Jung Yeondoo is the artist behind the solo exhibition “Spectacle in Perspective.”
Jung has always shown an interest in the dreams and desires of ordinary people who live as an anonymous part of the crowd, but who, at the same time, want to live as individuals.
This can be seen in the artist’s early photography series, including “Hero,” “Evergreen Tower” and “Tokyo Brand City.”
It is also obvious in one of his new works, which the exhibition introduces - “Crayon Pop Special.”
The piece, a collaboration with fans of the girl group Crayon Pop, who are mainly men in their 30s and 40s, consists of a video of performances by the devoted fans called Popjeossi, their personal objects and a stage installation for the girl group.
The work focuses on the fans rather than the girl group, exploring the inclinations and impulses of grown-up men who are pressured to act seriously and ignore idol groups in Korean society.
Tickets cost 3,000 won ($2.80) for adults. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.
Go to City Hall Station, line No. 2, exit 8. www.plateau.or.kr. (02) 1577-7595.
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
To June 22: American conceptual artist Roni Horn is holding a solo show in Kukje Gallery’s K3 space. The artist’s cast glass sculptures, which are on display, seem as if they are made from water that has suddenly solidified, but look different from ice. “What makes these new works so captivating is their unusual yellow-green hues, a spectrum that refuses easy categorization and evokes land as well as the sea,” said Zoe Chun, director of the gallery. The six similar sculptures are all called “Untitled,” but the artist has also given them different poetically enigmatic subtitles, like “Changes in Daylight that Frighten Dogs” and “The Light that Moves against the Wind.”
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
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).
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
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,
To Sept. 28: “The Treasures of Kansong” 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.
Adults tickets are 8,000 won.
The exhibition opens every 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