2015. 3. 3 Museums & Galleries
KWON KI-SOO: HOOSOU
Lotte Gallery, Jung District
To March 23: “Hoosou” is the solo show of Kwon Ki-soo, 43, who combines the motifs and themes of traditional Eastern paintings and the elements of contemporary graphic design. He is widely known as the creator of Dongguri, a character with a round face and spiky hair who appears in almost every painting by the artist as his avatar.
Admission is free. The gallery, located on the 12th to 14th floors of Lotte Department Store’s main branch near Myeong-dong, central Seoul, is open when the department store is open, mainly from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Go to Euljiro 1-ga Station, line No. 2, exit No. 7 or 8.
Hangaram Art Museum at Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District
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 ($13.63) for adults.
Opening hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The museum is open every day. 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.
(02) 720-0667, www.daelimmuseum.org
SHOOTING THE ELEPHANT, THINKING THE ELEPHANT
Leeum, Yongsan District
To May 10: One of the most successful Korean artists in the world, Haegue Yang, 43, is holding her first solo show in five years in Korea. The exhibition is a sort of retrospective, as 35 sculptures and installations will be put on display. These will include “Storage Piece” (2004), an early installation; “Cittadella”(2011), one of her works using venetian blinds, which brought her international fame; and “The Intermediates” (2015), a series she will unveil for the first time.
Admission is 7,000 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
MMCA Gwacheon, Gyeonggi
To May 25: This is an in-depth, large-scale retrospective of Park Hyunki (1942-2000), considered to be one of the Korean pioneers of video art along with Nam June Paik. Unlike U.S.-based Paik, who was active outside of Korea and only became involved in the domestic scene from the middle of the 1980s, Park experimented with video art inside Korea beginning in the late 1970s.
According to the museum, Park left an extensive volume of work and archival resources. The exhibits encompass everything from the notes he made as a student in 1965 to sketches completed immediately before his death in 2000.
Admission is 2,000 won. Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Go to Seoul Grand Park Station, line No. 4, exit No. 4 and take the shuttle bus.
(02) 2188-6114, www.mmca.go.kr
Seoul Olympic Museum of Art (SOMA),
To May. 10: The exhibition is shedding new light on Jean-Francois Millet (1814-75) and his influence on the start of modernism. It is visiting from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which has the world’s largest collection of Millet paintings - about 170 pieces. It was created last year to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the artist’s birth and took four years of research. It features 25 pieces by Millet including the famous “The Sower” and “Young Shepherdess.”
Admission is 14,000 won for adults. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The museum is closed on the last Monday of a month.
Go to Mongchontoseong Station, line No. 8, exit No. 1, and walk for five minutes.
Arario Museum in Space,
Ongoing: “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 is wittily installed in unexpected locations.
About 100 pieces by 43 artists are on display. 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