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2015.5.20 Museums & Galleries


PARK HYUNKI 1942-2000


MMCA Gwacheon, Gyeonggi

To Monday: 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.

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 ($1.83). 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

Jung District

To May 31: A museum operated by Kim Dal-jin has relaunched after it finally found a new site in Hongji-dong, central Seoul. Kim is a pioneering curator of modern and contemporary Korean art.

The reopening show displays 250 highlights from the museum’s vast archive. One 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.

(02) 730-6216, www.daljinmuseum.com.


Plateau, Jung District


To June 8: “Tracing Shadows” features 35 paintings created with relatively classic techniques by 12 international contemporary artists. Most of the pieces in the show have magical realist tones, including those by Polish artist Wilhelm Sasnal, British artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and U.S. 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.


Yigansumun Exhibition Hall of

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

Jung District

To June 28: Fifty paintings by Park Soo-keun, one of the most beloved modern painters in Korea, are being shown at the design plaza to commemorate 50 years since the artist’s death. The temporary walls on which the paintings hang are a reminder of the alleys of Changsin-dong, a village adjacent to the design plaza, where Park resided with his family and created many of the paintings that are among the exhibits.

Admission is 8,000 won for adults. The exhibition hall is closed on Mondays. Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Go to Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station, lines No. 2 and 4, exit No.1 and walk for five minutes.

(02) 2153-0000, www.ddp.or.kr.


SongEun Art Space, Gangnam District

To June 20: Indonesian artist Christine Ay Tjoe is having a solo show in Seoul.

“Her paintings, largely abstract in style and expression, are a culmination of years of perfecting a technique that was inspired by graphic art such as etching and dry point on paper,” according to the gallery.

Admission is free. Opening hours run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. The art space is closed on Sundays.

Go to Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit No. 9, and walk for 10 minutes.

(02) 3448-0100, www.songeunartspace.org.


Arario Museum in Space,

Jongno District

Ongoing: “Really?” is the inaugural exhibition of the Arario Museum in Space, which opened on Sept. 1 in an iconic ivy-covered brick building designed by architect Kim Swoo-geun.

Space’s intricately linked display areas and spiral staircases remain in their original state, while the artwork is wittily installed in unexpected locations.

About 100 pieces by 43 artists are on display. One room is home to Korean-American video art pioneer Nam June Paik’s work, while British artist Marc Quinn’s famous “Self” portrait made of his frozen blood is in another.

Admission is 12,000 won for adults. Children under 10 are not allowed.

Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Go to Anguk subway station, line No. 3, exit 3, and walk for three minutes.

(02) 736-5700, www.arariomuseum.org.

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