2015. 2. 11. Museums & Galleries
Seoul Museum, Jongno District
To Saturday: The “Masters of Korean Art” exhibition features 66 paintings by 36 modern Korean artists who are popular among local art collectors.
The pieces on display, which belong to the museum’s collection, include the famous “Bull” by Lee Jung-seob (1916-56), “Apple Trees” by Lee Dai-won (1921-2005) and “Persimmons” by Oh Chi-gyun.
Admission is 9,000 won (about $8) for adults and also includes admission to Seokpajeong, a hanok (traditional Korean house) behind the museum that was once the summer residence of King Gojong’s father.
Opening hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday. (Seokpajeong is open until 4 p.m.)
Take bus No. 1020, 1711, 7016, 7018, 7022 or 7212 to the Jahamun Tunnel stop.
(02) 395-0100, www.seoulmuseum.org
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, 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
LEE JUNG-SEOB’S LOVE, FAMILY
Gallery Hyundai, Jongno District
To March 1: The retrospective of Lee Jung-seob (1916-56), one of the most beloved modern painters among Koreans, focuses on his love and longing for his family.
The show consists of 70 of his oil paintings, drawings, the postcards and letters to his wife and sons, which he added his own drawings or he filled utterly with paintings.
During the Korean War (1950-53), Lee sent his wife, who was Japanese, and his two sons to Japan to escape their impoverished life in Korea. Lee died in 1956 and was never reunited with his family.
The exhibit includes 20 letters with drawings that have never been displayed before and three paintings Lee created on the metal foil found inside a pack of cigarettes. Each of these pieces is from the Museum of Modern Art collection in New York.
Admission is 5,000 won for adults. 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 10 minutes.
(02) 2287-3500, www.galleryhyundai.com.
INGRES TO KANDINSKY:
Hangaram Art Museum of Seoul Arts Center
To March 12: “Ingres to Kandinsky” details western art from the early 19th-to mid-20th century, represented by works from the Phillips Collection based in Washington, D.C. The exhibition’s 85 pieces by 68 artists are from the American museum.
The work on display includes Neoclassicist artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’ “Small Bather,” Realist painter Honore Daumier’s “Uprising,” Impressionist artist Edgar Degas’ “Dancers at the Barre” and abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky’s “Autumn II.”
A similar show called “Picasso and Great Artists” attracted 140,000 viewers in three months when it was held at the Daejeon Museum of Art last summer.
Admission is 15,000 won for adults.
Opening hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The museum is open every day except Jan. 26 and Feb. 23. Go to Nambu Bus Terminal station, line No. 3, exit No. 5 and walk for 10 minutes.
LINDA MCCARTNEY RETROSPECTIVE
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 feat is especially shown in the exhibition’s “Chronicler of the Sixties” section, which contains portraits of iconic musicians, including Jimi Hendrix.
In another section, “Family Life” the artist captures touching 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.
About 100 pieces by 43 artists are on display, and artists usually get a room each.
One room 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 3, and walk for three minutes.
(02) 736-5700, www.arariomuseum.org