2015. 3. 19 Museums & Galleries
SongEun Art Space, Gangnam District
To March 28: As Sun Choi pushes the question about the boundary between beauty and visual art to the extreme, the winner of the 2012 SongEun ArtAward’s solo show could make visitors uneasy. He often deals with less-than-beautiful details of living things, including humans. Among his work on display is “Flower” (2015), a projection of an image of the world seen through a camera lens covered in the artist’s own blood. The image is at first a scarlet rectangle and then its color gets dark as the blood coagulates. His “Bloody Excrement” (2014), which looks like an abstract painting, is actually “decorative shapes” of the artist’s own feces.
Admission is free. The exhibition’s opening hours run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. The art space is closed on Sundays.
Go to Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit No. 9, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 3448-0100, www.songeunartspace.org
LINDA MCCARTNEY RETROSPECTIVE
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
BOY MEETS GIRL
Space BM, Yongsan District
To Friday: In this design exhibition, antique Persian carpets are displayed, together with modern furniture from Scandinavia and Italy. This meeting of East and West and antiquity and modernity creates a strange harmony.
The exhibits include a desk designed by Italian architect Osvaldo Borsani.
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
KWON KI-SOO: HOOSOU
Lotte Gallery, Jung District
To Monday: “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.
Kwon 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.
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