2014.8.20 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESITALY IN SONGEUN: WE HAVE NEVER BEEN MODERN
SongEun Art Space, Gangnam District
To Saturday: “Italy” is a group show of work by promising Italian young artists, designed by guest curators Angelo Gioe and Maria Rosa Sossai. The title implies skepticism about Western-oriented modernity as well as the belief in a linear progress of history. The exhibition, featuring 22 Italian artists born between the mid-1960s and mid-1980s, shows aesthetic changes that are being embraced by new Italian creatives.
Admission is free. The exhibition’s opening hours run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. The art space is closed on Sundays.
Travel to Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit No. 9, and walk for 10 minutes. (02) 3448-0100,
THE GREAT ARTISTS: RENOIR TO DAMIEN HIRST
Hangaram Art Museum of Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District
To Sept. 17: The show features 104 works by 53 artists from the collection of the Paris-based Opera Gallery.
The artists encompass 19th-century Impressionists like Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 20th-century Surrealists such as Salvador Dali and Joan Miro, and hot contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst.
Admission is 13,000 won ($12.58) for adults. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The museum is closed on Aug. 25. Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit No. 5 and walk for five minutes
KOREAN BEAUTY: TWO KINDS OF NATURE
MMCA Seoul, Jongno District
To Sept. 28: This exhibition, based on the collection of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), is about Korean artists’ correspondence with and interpretations of nature.
The exhibition is divided into three parts: Gallery 1, Gallery 2 and the space linking both. Gallery 1 focuses on the works in which Korean modern artists, mainly abstract painters and sculptors, try to visualize the essence and spirituality of nature.
The area that connects Gallery 1 and 2 features black-and-white photography, most of which represents reality but it retains abstract qualities and a spiritual ambience at the same time.
Viewers are then led to Gallery 2, where they can see contemporary artists’ paintings of colorful urban landscapes.
Admission is 4,000 won. The museum is a 10-minute walk from Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1.
(02) 3701-9500, www.mmca.go.kr
THE TREASURES OF KANSONG
Dongdaemun Design Plaza,
To Sept. 28: This is the first exhibition of the Kansong Art Museum’s collection outside the museum itself. Exhibition organizers recently replaced one-fifth of the 100 artifacts on display. Among the new works on display is “A Beauty” by Joseon painter Shin Yun-bok, one of Korea’s most beloved paintings that has inspired many films and television shows.
Tickets for adults are 8,000 won ($7.80).
The exhibition opens every day at 10 a.m. It closes at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. On Wednesdays and Fridays, the show 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
PICASSO AND GREAT ARTISTS
Daejeon Museum of Art
To Oct. 9: The show details Western art history between the early 19th to mid-20th century, represented by works from the Phillips Collection based in Washington, D.C. The exhibition’s 85 works by 68 artists are from the American museum.
The highlight is Pablo Picasso’s 1901 painting “Blue Room,” not only because it is regarded as one of Picasso’s early masterpieces in his so-called Blue Period, but also because it recently triggered public interest with the news that a hidden painting has been discovered beneath the top layer of the canvas.
Admission is 12,000 won for adults.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The museum opens everyday during the exhibition period.
Go to Daejeon Station, take bus 606 and get off at Daejeon Arts Center stop.