2014.10.22 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESJORDAN MATTER:
Savina Museum of Contemporary Art, Jongno District
To Sunday: 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 (about $8.50) for adults. The museum is closed on Mondays. 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
SEMA BIENNALE MEDIACITY SEOUL 2014
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.” “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,’” wrote Park Chan-kyong, curator of the main exhibition, in an introductory note on the biennale’s website. Under these topics, 42 artists from 17 countries will present video art, photography and installation works. The works include a film by Irish artist Jesse Jones about the spectre of ideology, and Greek-British artist Mikhail Karikis’s video and sound installation about haenyeo, the elderly female sea divers who live on Jeju Island.
Admission is free.
Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Go to Seoul City Hall Station, line No. 2, exit 10 and walk five minutes.
(02) 2124-8988, mediacityseoul.kr
BEYOND AND BETWEEN
Leeum, Yongsan District
To Dec. 21: The nation’s leading private museum has reorganized its collection to celebrate its 10th anniversary. For this show, the Leeum has displayed modern and contemporary art in Museum 1, which was once exclusively reserved for its traditional Korean art collection.
For example, the collection juxtaposes Yee Sook-yung’s plump black-glazed ceramic sculpture with a white porcelain moon jar from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).
Pieces by hot contemporary artists are on display in the Leeum’s Ground Gallery, Black Box and its transit spaces, including Choi Jeong-hwa’s “Alchemy,” Ernesto Neto’s architectural structure “Symbiointestubetime” and Olafur Eliasson’s installation “Gravity Stairs.”
Admission is 10,000 won for adults. The museum is open 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday.
Go to Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 1, and walk for five minutes.
(02) 2014-6900, www.leeum.org
National Folk Museum, Jongno District
To Feb. 23, 2015: “Jeans” is an exhibition based on anthropological and cultural research into jeans, which are regarded not only as a type of clothing but also as a symbol of modern culture.
The show features 390 artifacts related to denimwear, including jeans donated by ordinary citizens and records of memories associated with them.
The exhibits also include videos of early jeans advertisements in Korea and photography that shows the evolution of jeans in culture.
Among the exhibits are also fine art pieces inspired by jeans.
The museum said it has dedicated the past two years to conducting research for the exhibition.
Admission is free.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The museum is closed on Tuesdays.
The museum is located in Gyeongbok Palace.
(02) 3704-3114, www.nfm.go.kr
Arario Museum in Space, Jongno District
For an indefinite period: “Really?” 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 famous - or notorious - “Self” portrait made of his own frozen blood is in another room.
Admission is 12,000 won for adults. Children under 10 are not allowed.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closing time is extended to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Go to Anguk subway station, line No. 3, exit 3, and walk for three minutes.
(02) 736-5700, www.arariomuseum.org