2015.4.28 Museums & GalleriesBILL VIOLA
Kukje Gallery, Jongno District
To Sunday: A 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” combines Buddhist philosophy of the East 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
ILLUSION AND FANTASY
MMCA Seoul, Jongno District
To May 6: The exhibition features artists who use the realistic methods of representation but focus on delivering the irony of realistic illusions or depicting the images of “humans’ inner and psychological desire,” according to the museum.
It showcases some 30 artworks by seven artists. The seven participants are sculptors Chun Sung-myung and Choi Xooang, painters Kang Hyung-koo and Lee Kwang-ho, photographer Yoo Hyun-mi and installation artists Kang Youn-min and Koh Myung-keun.
Admission is 4,000 won. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The hours are extended to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday. It is closed on Monday.
The museum is a 10-minute walk from Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1.
(02) 3701-9500, www.mmca.go.kr
THE SUBTLE TRIANGLE
Seoul Museum of Art (SEMA),
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
Hangaram Art Museum of Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District
To June 28: This large-scale retrospective of American modern art master Mark Rohko features 50 abstract paintings 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
BRILLIANT HUES - MOTHER OF PEARL OF JOSEON DYNASTY
Horim Museum, Gangnam District
To June 30: The exhibition features 90 pieces of Joseon-period (1392-1910) lacquerware inlaid with mother of pearl.
To make lacquerware, artisans apply lacquer on wooden items, carve patterns or drawings on the surface and affix or encase shiny mother of pearl.
Korea’s mother of pearl lacquerware had its heyday between the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) and Joseon, but many say its patterns and materials became even more diverse between the 18th and 19th centuries, the latter part of the era.
Admission is 8,000 won for adults. The museum is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., but closes on Sundays. It is close to Dosan Park in Sinsa-dong, near Apgujeong Rodeo Station on the Bundang line, exit 5.
(02) 541-3523, www.horimartcenter.org