2014.10.15 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESWHITE PORCELAIN JAR II - STROKES ON PURE WHITE
Horim Art Center, Gangnam District
To Saturday: Pots estimated to have been used as vases or as storage in the Joseon era (1392-1910) are now on display at this museum, for its second exhibition on white porcelain goods this year.
While the first show focused solely on showing pure white jars, the newest exhibit features those decorated with blue ink.
The exhibits include National Treasure No. 222, the Blue and White Porcelain Lidded Jar With Plum tree and Bamboo Design.
As all the cobalt ink used for pottery making was imported from Islamic countries back in the Joseon era, only top craftsmen had access to it, making such porcelain pieces rarer and more valuable.
Admission costs 8,000 won ($7.5). The center’s opening hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays.
Take bus No. 145 or 4212 and get off at the Horim Art Center stop.
For more information, call (02) 541-3525 or visit www.horimartcenter.org
THE ART OF DANSAEKHWA
Kukje Gallery, Jongno District
To Sunday: “The Art of Dansaekhwa” features seven leading figures from the dansaekhwa movement, abstract paintings filled with minimal color and unusual textures, which dominated the Korean art scene in the 1970s. They are Kim Guiline, Chung Sang-hwa, Chung Chang-sup, Ha Chong-hyun, Lee Ufan, Park Seo-bo and Yun Hyong-keun.
“The representative characteristics of dansaekwha are textures from the innovative use of materials; traces of repetitive actions to finish paintings, which are linked to training the mind and body in Buddhism and other religions; and spiritual qualities from the traces,” the show’s curator, critic Yun Jin-sup, said at the press preview.
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 or visit www.kukje.org
2014 DAEGU PHOTO BIENNALE
Daegu Culture and Arts Center, Daegu Art Factory
To Sunday: At the fifth edition of the Daegu Photo Biennale, titled “Photographic Narrative,” 250 artists from 31 countries, including Korea, Spain, Italy, Argentina and Brazil, will participate.
The main exhibition “Origins, Memories and Parodies” features photos and image collages that blur the borders between objective fact and subjective memory, between history and fiction as well as between reality and illusion.
The show, curated by Spanish critic Alejandro Castellote, will excite anyone who has ever raised doubts about the common belief that photographs are objective records.
Admission is 7,000 won. Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
From Daegu Station take bus 618 at the nearby bus stop and get off at the Culture and Arts Center stop.
(053) 655-4748, www.daeguphoto.com
PICASSO AND GREAT ARTISTS
Daejeon Museum of Art,
Seo District, Daejeon
To Oct. 22: This show details Western art history’s greatest contributors 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
2014 GWANGJU BIENNALE
Gwangju Biennale Hall, Gwangju
To Nov. 9: The main exhibition of the Gwangju Biennale’s 10th edition, directed by Jessica Morgan, has the aggressive title “Burning Down the House.”
Some artworks reflect the exhibition’s title quite literally. Those include Argentine artist Eduardo Basualdo’s “The Island,” which is a scaled-down house constructed from the burnt remnants of a building in Buenos Aires; and British artist Cornelia Parker’s “Heart of Darkness,” an installation comprising charcoal fragments from a forest fire.
Works by 105 artists in total from 39 countries are exhibited, featuring 35 new commissions. They include Korean artist Lee Bul’s grotesque “soft sculpture” suit, which looks like a hermaphroditic monster. She wore it and walked around the streets as a performance to protest fixed ideas about gender.
Admission is 14,000 won for adults. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gwangju Biennale Hall is a 15-minute drive from Gwangju Station.
(062) 608-4114, www.gwangjubiennale.org