2015.01.09 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESCHOI JEONG-HWA: TATHATA
Park Ryu Sook Gallery,
To Jan. 21: This is a rare solo show at a commercial gallery by Korea’s world-renowned artist Choi Jeong-hwa.
The 53-year-old Choi focuses on site-specific public art projects. For this show, Choi presents a series of new “collectibles,” including an elegant tower-shaped sculpture made of iron hammer heads. He also shows works in his signature style, such as his floor tower lamps, which look luxurious at first glance but are made of cheap plastic vessels.
Admission is free. The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Go to Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit No. 9 and walk 10 minutes.
(02) 549-7575, www.parkryusookgallery.com
MMCA FILM AND VIDEO: SCINTILLATION OR DISAPPEARANCE
MMCA Seoul Theater, Jongno District
To Jan. 31: 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 (about $3), 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: “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.
Admission is free. Opening hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The museum is closed on Tuesdays. The museum is located inside Gyeongbok Palace.
(02) 3704-3114, www.nfm.go.kr
Daelim Museum, Jongno District
To April 26: The exhibition features about 200 photographs by Linda McCartney (1941-98), better known as music legend Paul McCartney’s first wife.
She was a friend of not only the members of her husband’s band, The Beatles, but also other musicians and celebrities, which gave her the opportunity to snap their private, unguarded moments. This is shown in the exhibition’s “Chronicler of the Sixties” section, which features portraits of iconic musicians, including Jimi Hendrix.
In another section, “Family Life” the artist captures scenes from the everyday life of her own family.
Admission is 5,000 won for adults. Go to Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit No. 3 and walk for five minutes.
Arario Museum in Space,
For an indefinite period: “Really?” is the inaugural exhibition of the Arario Museum in Space, which opened on Sept. 1 in an iconic ivy-covered brick building designed by architect Kim Swoo-geun.
Space’s intricately linked display areas and spiral staircases remain in their original state, while the artwork in the collection is wittily installed in unexpected locations.
About 100 pieces by 43 artists are on show, and artists usually have a room each. One is home to Korean-American video art pioneer Nam June Paik’s work, while British artist Marc Quinn’s famous “Self” portrait made of his frozen blood is in another room.
Admission is 12,000 won for adults. Children under 10 are not allowed.
Opening hours are 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 No. 3, and walk for three minutes.
(02) 736-5700, www.arariomuseum.org