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Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA),

Jung District

To Sunday: 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,” Park Chan-kyong, curator of the main exhibition, wrote 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.

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.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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

(02) 2124-8988, www.mediacityseoul.kr


Space BM, Yongsan District

To Sunday: An exhibition featuring three young local painters shows that landscape paintings can still be fresh and diverse.

Among the 12 pieces on display, Lee Eunsae’s paintings create a surreal ambience, even though the scenes are not completely implausible. Based on news, films and the artist’s own experiences, Lee reconstructs reality using a specific point in time.

Choi Yoonhee’s landscape paintings mix various perspectives and temporal points on one canvas. Kim Heeyon’s paintings, meanwhile, focus on landscapes where nature meets artificial structures and the delicate tension between them.

Admission is free. Take bus Nos. 143, 401, 406 or 730 and walk 10 minutes from the Crown Hotel stop.

(02) 797-3093, www.spacebm.com


Atelier Hermes, Gangnam District

To Nov. 30: “Condensation” features works by visual artists inspired by artisans working for the luxury brand Hermes.

The show consists of 16 pieces produced during artist residencies at the brand’s workshops in France since 2010. There, artists learned from artisans how to handle certain materials.

A piece created by Gabriele Chiari by warp printing on a rare kind of satin is on display. Beside the work stands Olivier Severe’s crystal installation, which has various textures and looks like a group of different kinds of rocks as a result. The exhibits also include Korean artist Oh You-kyeong’s sculptures that are made from silver plates.

Admission is free. The gallery closes Wednesdays.

Go to Apgujeong Rodeo subway station, Bundang Line, exit No.5 and walk for 12 minutes.

(02) 544-7722.


Leeum, Yongsan District

To Dec. 21: The nation’s leading private museum created “Beyond and Between” to celebrate its 10th anniversary. For the show, Leeum has displayed modern and contemporary art in Museum 1, which was once exclusively reserved for its traditional Korean art collection, for the first time. For example, Yee sookyung’s plump black-glazed ceramic sculpture and a white porcelain Joseon moon jar appear side by side.

And the works of hot contemporary artists, which easily attract and amuse visitors, or invite them to interact with the pieces, are installed in the Leeum’s Ground Gallery, Black Box and in some of its transit spaces.

They include Choi Jeong-Hwa’s “Alchemy,” Ernesto Neto’s architectural structure “Symbiointestubetime,” and Olafur Eliasson’s new installation “Gravity Stairs.”

Admission is 10,000 won ($9.81) 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 five minutes.

For details, call (02) 2014-6900 visit www.leeum.org


National Folk Museum, Jongno District

To Feb. 23, 2015: “Jeans” is an exhibition based on anthropological 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 the 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 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.

Opening 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

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