2015.4.15 Museums & GalleriesBILL VIOLA
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
THE SUBTLE TRIANGLE
Seoul Museum of Art (SEMA), Jung District
To May 10: “The Subtle Triangle” is a contemporary art exhibition that reviews the relations between Korea, China and Japan. The museum has selected three artists, Yangachi from Korea, Xu Zhen from China and Meiro Koizumi from Japan, “who can reveal the subtle relations between the three countries.”
Koizumi, Xu and Yangachi, respectively, deal with the past, present and future of the East Asian region. Koizumi’s video “Oral History,” based on street interviews with 170 Tokyo citizens, shows raw perceptions of history. Xu’s “Shanghai Supermarket” is a life-size recreation of a supermarket in the city. Yangachi presents his production “Sea Salt Theatre.”
Admission is free. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Go to Seoul City Hall Station, line No. 2, exit 10 and walk five minutes.
(02) 2124-8800, sema.seoul.go.kr
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
MILLET, BARBIZON & FONTAINEBLEAU
Seoul Olympic Museum of Art (SOMA), Songpa District
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 move viewers, even to tears.
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 original 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