2015. 4.8 Museums & Galleries
Gana Insa Art Center, Jongno District
To April 14: “Composition” is a show by Lee Kang-hoon, who creates digital paintings using images of doors as their basic units, symbolizing the border between the self, the other and the imperfect communication between the two sides.
Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Go to Anguk station, line No. 3, exit 6 and walk five minutes.
(02) 736-1020, www.insaartcenter.com
THE STORY OF BOHEMIAN GLASS
National Museum of Korea,
To April 26: In “The Story of Bohemian Glass” visitors can explore the Czech Republic’s glass art, 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 show the abundant number of ways glassware can be presented using various color 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
NOVELLO FINOTTI: BUON GIORNO
Seoul Museum, Jongno District
To May 17: Italian artist Novello Finotti’s solo exhibition features 38 sculptures made primarily of marble and bronze. Finotti’s works, which are figurative and largely based on the human body, appear to be deeply rooted in a tradition of Italian sculpture spearheaded by masters such as Michelangelo and Antonio Canova.
At the same time, Finotti’s repertoire spins stories full of 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 MANDALA
MMCA Gwacheon, Gyeonggi
To May 25: 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, is currently showing at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon.
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
Plateau, Jung District
To June 8: This exhibition features 35 paintings created with relatively classic techniques by 12 international contemporary artists.
Most of the pieces on show have magically realistic 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