2015.5.27 Museums&GalleriesYigansumun Exhibition Hall of
Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)
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 were installed as a reminder of the alleyways 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 ($7.30) 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.
Gallery Hyundai, Jongno District
To Sunday: The solo show of Kwak Duck-jun, a 78-year-old Korean artist based in Kyoto, Japan, features avant-garde work ranging from pieces he made from found objects to photography collages.
The exhibits include his famous “President and Kwak” series, a four-decade project comprised of 10 photo collages. The portrait of the newly-elected U.S. president on the cover of Time magazine is combined with Kwak’s own face in the artwork.
“I wanted to combine the face of the world’s most influential man with that of the world’s least influential man, whose national identity is even ambiguous,” the artist told the press.
Admission is free. Opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Go to exit No. 1 of Anguk station, line No. 3, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 2287-3500, www.galleryhyundai.com.
Hangaram Art Museum of Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District
To June 28: This large-scale retrospective of American modern art master Mark Rothko 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 located 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 them in 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.
SEEN AND UNSEEN
MMCA Gwacheon, Gyeonggi
To July 5: Korean artist Hwang Kyu-baik showcases lyrical works created through mezzotint, which is a Western printmaking method that featuring intaglio on copperplates, in this exhibition.
Mezzotint can produce subtle gradations of light and shade, unlike most printmaking methods.
Hwang, 83, is a unique local artist who mastered various European printmaking techniques in Paris in the late 1960s and then developed his own style of mezzotint in New York in the 1970s.
The artist then devoted more than three decades using the craft to depict everyday objects, sometimes in surrealist juxtapositions.
Admission is free. 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.
BY PARK SOO KEUN