2015.4.1. Museums & GalleriesLINDA MCCARTNEY
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 especially shown in the exhibition’s “Chronicler of the Sixties” section, which contains portraits of iconic musicians, including Jimi Hendrix.
In another part of the show, “Family Life,” the artist captures touching scenes from the everyday life of her own family.
Admission is 5,000 won ($4.50) for adults. Go to Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit No. 3, and walk for five minutes.
(02) 720-0667, www.daelimmuseum.org
Kukje Gallery, Jongno District
To May 3: The solo show of the renowned American video artist Bill Viola features seven of his video works in the gallery’s K2 and K3 spaces.
Viola, 64, has continuously explored time, the human life cycle and emotions through his art. He has often slowed or reversed time in his videos to show “many things we disregard .?.?. things we cannot see.”
Among the works now exhibited at Kukje, “Water Martyr” shows Buddhist philosophy of the East combined with Christian iconography from the West. The piece is one of the four “Martyrs” Viola created with his wife and producer, Kira Perov, for St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
Admission is free. Opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and to 5 p.m. Sunday. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 735-8449, www.kukje.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 Seoul. 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 No. 1, and walk for five minutes.
(02) 2014-6900, www.leeum.org
Seoul Olympic Museum of Art (SOMA),
To May 10: The SOMA exhibition is shedding new light on Jean-Francois Millet (1814-75) and his influence on the start of modernism.
The show 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.
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.
Hangaram Art Museum of Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District
To June 28: The large-scale retrospective of American modern-art master Mark Rohko features 50 pieces of his abstract paintings, which are on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Rothko’s paintings, often categorized as abstract expressionism, are famous for having the power to make viewers become full of emotions and even cry.
The exhibition is divided into five sections. Section 4 includes a smaller recreation of the famous Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. It features seven dark paintings created by Rothko in the same period that he created the paintings for the real Rothko Chapel.
Admission is 15,000 won for adults. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit No. 5, and walk for five minutes.
(02) 532-4407, www.markrothko.co.kr