2015.3.25. Museums & Galleries
Arario Gallery Seoul, Jongno District
To April 26: Choi Byung-so’s solo show features 15 pieces that are difficult to categorize as either drawings, sculptures or installations.
According to the gallery, the 72-year-old artist began to “erase” newspapers in the 1970s by repeatedly drawing lines on them with pen, finally covering them completely and then re-covering them with pencils - an artistic protest against the military regime’s press censorship.
Choi then became interested in the fact that the newspapers, when covered with pen, often torn, become crumpled and three-dimensional. They “transform into an entirely new material,” Arario said.
Admission is free. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and closed on Mondays. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 2 and walk 10 minutes.
(02) 541-5701, www.arariogallery.com
THE STORY OF BOHEMIAN GLASS
National Museum of Korea,
To April 26: In this exhibition, visitors can explore the glass art of the Czech Republic, which spans from medieval times to now. About 340 intricate pieces are on display, many of them flown in from the National Museum, Prague, and the Museum of Decorative Arts.
The items on display show the abundant number of ways glassware can be presented using various coloring techniques. Among the exhibits, the 14th century “Stained Glass Window With Apostle” is believed to be the oldest stained glass remaining in the European country today.
Admission is free. The museum closes every Monday. Opening hours are extended on Wednesdays and Saturdays to 9 p.m. Go to Ichon Station (line Nos. 1 and 4), exit 2.
(02) 2077-9000, www.museum.go.kr
Seoul Museum, Jongno District
To May 17: This solo exhibition by Italian artist Novello Finotti features 38 sculptures made primarily of marble and bronze. Finotti’s works, which are figurative and generally based on the human body, appear to be deeply rooted in a tradition of Italian sculpture spearheaded by masters like Michelangelo and Antonio Canova.
At the same time, his repertoire spins stories with complicated, symbolic layers with a fusion of mythology, literature and modern history.
Admission is 9,000 won ($8.13) for adults and 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 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday.
Seokpajeong is open until 6 p.m.
Take bus Nos. 1020, 1711, 7016, 7018, 7022 or 7212 to the Jahamun Tunnel stop.
(02) 395-0100, www.seoulmuseum.org
PARK HYUNKI 1942-2000
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 the U.S.-based Paik, who was active outside of Korea and only became involved in the local scene from the mid-1980s, Park has been experimenting with video inside the country since 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 right 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
KimDaljin Museum of Art Archives
To May 31: The museum, operated by Kim Dal-jin, the pioneering curator of modern and contemporary Korean art, reopened after it finally found a new site in Hongji-dong, central Seoul.
The reopening show displays 250 highlights from the museum’s vast archive.
One of these is a rare book about a 1918 exhibition of the Korean ceramics collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Admission is free. Take bus Nos. 7212,1020,1711 or 7022 and get off at Sangmyeong University stop.
Plateau, Jung District
To June 8: This exhibition features 35 paintings created with relatively classic techniques by 12 international contemporary artists.
Most of the works on show have magically realist tones, including those by Polish artist Wilhelm Sasnal, British artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and American artist Hernan Bas.
They are mostly landscapes and portraits of images that can be seen in reality but are simultaneously improbable or have mysterious details.
Tickets cost 3,000 won for adults. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday. Go to City Hall Station, line No. 2, exit 8.
(02) 1577-7595, www.plateau.or.kr