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Daejeon Museum of Art, Seo District, Daejeon

To Oct. 22: The show centered on “great artists” details Western art history between the early 19th to mid-20th century, represented by works from the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. The show’s 85 works by 68 artists are from the U.S. museum.

The highlight is Pablo Picasso’s 1901 painting “Blue Room,” not only because it is regarded as one of the artist’s early masterpieces from his so-called Blue Period, but also because it recently triggered public interest with the news that a hidden painting was discovered beneath the top layer of the canvas.

Admission is 12,000 won ($11.55) for adults. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closing time is extended to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. The museum shuts on Mondays.

Go to Daejeon Station, take bus 606 and get off at the Daejeon Arts Center stop.

(042) 483-3763, www.greatartists.co.kr


MMCA Gwacheon, Gyeonggi

To Nov. 9: “Korea Artist Prize” features the four candidates - Koo Donghee, Kim Shinil, Noh Suntag and Chang Jia - of the Korea Artist Prize, which is co-sponsored by the MMCA and the SBS Foundation.

The museum announced that Noh was chosen as the prize winner last week. Noh presents photos of people taking photos amid street demonstrations, questioning photography’s power and limitations as a tool to reflect and change society.

As for the other finalists, Koo reconstructs accidents and events based on materials she collects from TV, the Internet and her surroundings.

Chang, meanwhile, deals with social taboos related with the human body through performance art, video, installation and photography.


Admission is 5,000 won. Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The museum is closed on Monday.

Go to Seoul Grand Park Station, line No. 4, exit No. 4 and take the shuttle bus.

(02) 2188-6114, www.mmca.go.kr


Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), Jung District

To Nov. 23: The eighth edition of the Mediacity Seoul biennale has the curiously exciting title “Ghosts, Spies and Grandmothers.”

“Through the keywords, this exhibition will retrospect on contemporary Asia,” wrote Park Chan-kyong, curator of the main exhibition, in an introductory note on the biennale’s website.

“Ghosts stand for the forgotten history and tradition of Asia, spies symbolize the memories of the Cold War, and the grandmothers are metaphors of ‘women and time.’”

Under these topics, 42 artists from 17 countries will present video art, photography and installation works.

Admission is free. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The museum is closed on Monday.

Go to Seoul City Hall Station, line No. 2, exit 10 and walk five minutes.

(02) 2124-8988, http://mediacityseoul.kr


Arario Museum in Space, Jongno District

For an indefinite period: This is the inaugural exhibition of Arario Museum in Space, which opened on Sept. 1 in the iconic ivy-covered brick building designed by architect Kim Swoo-geun.


Space’s intricately linked small areas and spiral staircases remain in their original state, while artworks are wittily installed in unexpected locations.

About 100 pieces by 43 artists are on display with the general principle of only one artist in each room.

One room houses Korean-American video art pioneer Nam June Paik’s works, while British artist Marc Quinn’s notorious “Self” portrait made of his own frozen blood is found in another room.

Admission is 12,000 won for adults. Children under 10 not allowed.

The museum is open everyday. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closing time is extended to 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

Go to Anguk subway station, line No. 3, exit No. 3 and walk for three minutes.

(02) 736-5700, www.arariomuseum.org

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