2014.12.10 Museums & Galleries
Gallery Hyundai, Jongno District
To Sunday: The solo show of Lee Bae, a Paris-based Korean artist, features his black-and-white paintings that seem to be in between East Asian calligraphy and Western abstract art.
They have three layers: First, the artist draws lines in impromptu strokes with black charcoal on a white canvas, then he covers the canvas with an acrylic medium. Next, over the translucent layer, he copies his first drawings very carefully.
For more than 20 years, Lee, 58, has experimented with various styles, but his main material has been the same - charcoal.
Admission is free. Opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Go to exit No. 1 of Anguk Station, line No. 3. and walk for 5 minutes.
(02) 2287-3500, www.galleryhyundai.com
STAYING IN THE MINDSCAPE
Savina Museum of Contemporary Art,
To Dec. 19: “Staying” is the solo exhibition of Nam Kyung-min, who is well known for her series of paintings that depict Western art masters’ rooms in a symbolic, imaginary form.
Now, Nam has created her own version of old Korean masters’ rooms. This show features 15 of the artist’s new paintings, which includes pieces that have reimagined the rooms of illustrious Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) painters such as Shin Saimdang, Kim Hong-do, Shin Yun-bok and Jeong Seon.
Admission is 3,000 won ($2.70) for adults. The museum is closed on Monday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1.
BREATH AND BRUSHSTROKES
Hakgojae Gallery, Jongno District
To Dec. 31: Song Hyun-sook’s works can look like figurative paintings that portray simple objects found in Korea’s old rural areas such as white hemp cloth pieces or earthenware. They can also appear similar to abstract paintings made of just a few brush strokes, which are in the bold, traditional East Asian style.
Song still lives in the German city but is always interested in what is happening in Korea. Among the 16 works on display is a painting she created in homage to the victims of April’s Sewol ferry sinking tragedy.
Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday. The exhibit is closed on Monday. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 2 and walk 10 minutes.
(02) 720-1524-6, www.hakgojae.com
MMCA FILM AND VIDEO: SCINTILLATION OR DISAPPEARANCE
MMCA Seoul Theater, Jongno District
To Jan. 31, 2015: The “Scintillation” program at the MMCA presents videos by artists such as Dominique Gonzalez?Foerster and Amie Siegel who cross the border between film and fine art.
The program also includes work by two up-and-coming Thai artists and three Korean artists who continuously attempt to open a discussion on local history through the images and sounds scattered around landscapes.
A ticket for the program is 4,000 won, which also covers all shows at the MMCA Seoul.
Screenings are held Wednesday to Sunday. Screening hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays, while closing time is 6 p.m. on the three other days.
The museum is a 10-minute walk from Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1.
(02) 3701-9500, www.mmca.go.kr
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 denim wear, 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