2015.6.17 Museums&GalleriesUTOPIA’S DELAY: THE PAINTER AND THE METROPOLIS
Hakgojae Gallery, Jongno District
To Sunday: The solo show of Suh Yongsun, 64, features 16 paintings and two drawings by the Korean artist. Suh’s paintings, which depict various urban scenes such as the streets and the inside of a subway car, seem akin to German Expressionism, but the unique red and yellow colors they feature distinguish them from the European paintings.
Admission is free. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 720-1524, www.hakgojae.com.
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 ($7.15) 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.
Kukje Gallery, Jongno District
To July 5: Kyungah Ham’s solo show “Phantom Footsteps” features splendid embroidery pieces, some of which depict grandiose chandeliers and others of which show abstract forms.
The pieces are the results of the South Korean artist’s secret collaboration with North Korean craftsmen.
For the project, Ham, 49, created digital images on a computer and printed them onto paper or fabric. She then sent them to North Korean embroiderers via middlemen in China. After recreating the digital images by hand, stitch by stitch, the North Koreans sent them back to Ham via the same go-betweens.
The artists add the phrases “middle man, anxiety and censorship,” as well as “North Korean hand embroidery, silk threads on cotton,” on the labels of her work.
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.
SEEN AND UNSEEN
MMCA Gwacheon, Gyeonggi
To July 5: Korean artist Hwang Kyu-baik showcases lyrical works created through mezzotint, a Western printmaking method that features intaglio on copperplates, in his “Seen and Unseen” exhibition.
Mezzotint can produce subtle gradations of light and shade, unlike most printmaking methods.
Hwang, 83, is a unique 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 has devoted more than three decades to the craft, using it to depict everyday objects, sometimes surrealistically.
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 4 and take the shuttle bus.
(02) 2188-6114, www.mmca.go.kr.
BEYOND THE STAGE
Seoul Museum of Art, Jung District
To Aug. 23: “PEACEMINUSONE” is an art show in collaboration with K-pop icon G-Dragon and his agency, YG Entertainment.
The exhibition features three kinds of work - an art collection by G-Dragon; pieces created by artists inspired by the member of Big Bang; and items by artists whose oeuvre the museum’s curators and YG think share many commonalities with the musician’s character.
Fourteen teams of artists, including Korea’s interactive media art studio SILO Lab, painter Son Dong-hyun, sculptor Osang Gwon and Britain’s digital art studio Universal Everything, participate in the exhibition.
Admission is 13,000 won for adults. 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) 02-3789-8870, http://peaceminusone.modoo.at.