2014.10.8 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESEDVARD MUNCH AND THE MODERN SOUL
Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District
To Sunday: The first retrospective in Korea of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944) is currently open to the public. The exhibition centered on the expressionist and general modern art pioneer features the lithograph version of Munch’s iconic “The Scream” and 98 other pieces by the artist, including paintings like “The Kiss,” “The Dance of Life” and “Starry Night.”
The works are on loan from the Munch Museum in Oslo.
Admission is 15,000 won ($14) for adults. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit No. 5. Walk for five minutes.
TROIKA: PERSISTENT ILLUSIONS
Daelim Museum, Jongno District
To Sunday: 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 analog 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 peoples’ obsession with getting up-to-date information all day, every day.
Admission is 5,000 won for adults. Opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Go to Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit No. 3.
(02) 720-0667, www.daelimmuseum.org
Plateau Gallery, Jung District
To Sunday: In this group show, seven established artists will showcase new work that deviates from their usual styles.
The exhibits include Lee Dongi’s new painting “Power Sale,” a piece created without use of his famous character Atomaus, which he created by combining Atom (Astro Boy), the robot hero of the Japanese anime, and Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse.
The exhibits also feature painter Suejin Chung’s first ever video work, “Infinite Human Pattern Actuator,” and a filmed self-performance by sculptor Hyungkoo Lee.
The show features not only these seven established artists’ works, but also includes pieces by seven younger artists they recommended.
Tickets cost 3,000 won for adults. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Go to City Hall Station, line No. 2, exit 8.
(02) 1577-7595, www.plateau.or.kr.
Savina Museum of Contemporary Art, Jongno District
To Oct. 26: This is the second solo show of New York-based photographer Jordan Matter at the Savina Museum of Contemporary Art. The first, one year ago, focused on his collaboration with dancers.
This time, Matter presents about 60 photographs produced in collaboration with acrobats, as well as dancers. The photos mainly capture the moments when the performers are in the air in various elegant or humorous poses as if they are beyond the law of gravity.
Admission is 9,000 won for adults. The museum is closed on Monday. It is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1.
(02) 736-4371, www.savinamuseum.com
PICASSO AND GREAT ARTISTS
Daejeon Museum of Art,
Seo District, Daejeon
To Oct. 22: This show 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 for adults. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closing time is extended to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Go to Daejeon Station, take bus 606 and get off at the Daejeon Arts Center stop.
(02) 483-3763, www.greatartists.co.kr
KOREA ARTIST PRIZE 2014
MMCA Gwacheon, Gyeonggi
To Nov. 9: The “Korea Artist Prize” exhibition features the four candidates - Koo Donghee, Kim Shin-il, Noh Suntag and Chang Jia - of the Korea Artist Prize, which is co-sponsored by the MMCA and the SBS Foundation.
Noh was chosen as the prize winner last month. He presents photos of people taking photos amid street demonstrations, questioning photography’s power and limitation 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. Kim studies the limits of texts through combining installations and sculptures of texts. Chang deals with social taboos related to 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 Mondays.
Go to Seoul Grand Park Station, line No. 4, exit No. 4 and take the shuttle bus.
(02) 2188-6114, www.mmca.go.kr