2015.7.8 Museums&GalleriesTHE HAPPIEST ARTIST
LEE DAE WON
Seoul Museum, Jongno District
To Aug. 9: The retrospective of Korean modern painter Lee Dae-won (1921-2005) commemorates the 10th year since his death.
It features 22 paintings, many of which depict blossoming trees in orchards. They are painted in short brush strokes with cheerful, bright colors, which is Lee’s signature style.
Admission is 9,000 won ($8.13) for adults and includes admission to the other shows going on at the museum and to Seokpajeong, the summer residence of King Gojong’s father, behind the museum.
Opening hours are 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday. Take bus Nos. 1020, 1711, 7016, 7018, 7022 or 7212 to the Jahamun Tunnel stop.
(02) 395-0100, www.seoulmuseum.org.
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 members 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, are participating 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 for five minutes.
(02) 02-3789-8870, http://peaceminusone.modoo.at.
Dongdaemun Design Plaza,
To Aug. 25: The French fashion house Christian Dior’s exhibition invites visitors to begin by walking through the legendary designer’s home, which has been recreated in translucent fabric by Korean artist Do Ho Suh. Five other Korean artists collaborated with the brand on other parts of the exhibition.
The exhibition has 10 themes, each vividly showing the spirit of Dior, from how it started to where it is today, as well as its philosophy and inspirations.
Admission is free. It opens from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last entry is at 5:30 p.m.
Go to Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station, Line Nos. 2 and 4, exit 1 and walk for five minutes.
(02) 2153-0000, www.ddp.or.kr or www.espritdior.com.
AN ENDURING SPIRIT
National Museum of Korea,
To Aug. 30: A summary of Poland’s cultural history, the exhibition features 250 different artifacts and paintings.
Among the artifacts are handwritten scores by renowned composer and musician Fredric Chopin (1810-1849), and handwritten documents regarding heliocentric theory by mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543).
A number of historical paintings are also included in the show.
Admission is 13,000 won for adults. Opening hours are between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays, excluding Wednesdays, and extend until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays to encourage nighttime viewing.
The venue is close to Ichon Station (Line Nos. 1 and 4), exit 2.
Arario Museum in Space,
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 Station, line No. 3, exit 3, and walk for three minutes.
(02) 736-5700, www.arariomuseum.org.