2015.7.15 Museums & Galleries
Seoul Museum, Jongno District
To Aug. 9: The exhibition features 22 paintings from among the museum’s collection, which depict Korean landscapes in the cycle of four seasons.
The works on display in the “Summer” section include the painting of a green barley field by Lee Sook-ja in her signature style. Among the works in the “Autumn” section is Sa Suk-won’s painting of Mount Kumgang in splendid colors.
Admission is 9,000 won 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.
Artsonje Center, Jongno District
To July 26: The first solo show in Korea by Mexican conceptual artist Abraham Cruzvillegas features all kinds of construction waste - roof slates, bricks, floor panels and wood - as well as used everyday objects like shoes, chairs, bicycles and blankets. They are artfully arranged and on display.
For this exhibition, Cruzvillegas collected various objects left behind in some Seoul areas after the residents moved away due to redevelopment projects.
“It is through such recycling that the artist generates new possibilities and novel images for the seemingly useless objects that have lost their original functionality,” the art center explained.
Admission is 3,000 won ($2) for adults. The art center is closed on Mondays. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1 and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 733-8945, www.artsonje.org.
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 and 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.
SHINE KONG - SUGARFREE / LIANG MANQI - COLOMETRY
Arario Gallery Seoul, Jongno District
Korean artist Shine Kong depicts the edges of three-dimensional rectangular spaces in many layers on flat surfaces in monochrome.
And Chinese artist Liang Manqi visualizes her impressions from various spaces into geometric abstract forms of multiple colors, sometimes on flat canvases and sometimes on three-dimensional installations.
Admission is free. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is closed on Mondays. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 2 and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 541-5701, www.arariogallery.com.
AMEDEO MODIGLIANI, LEGEND OF MONTPARNASSE
Hangaram Art Museum at the Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District
To Oct. 4: A rare retrospective of Modigliani in Seoul features 70 pieces, both oil paintings and drawings.
Famous portraits of the artist, characterized by blank stares and long necks, are included in the show. One corner of “Portraits of Women” is dedicated to Jeanne Hebuterne, Modigliani’s last lover. Two days after Modigliani died of tuberculosis at the age of 35, 21-year-old Jeanne, alone and pregnant, jumped to her death from a fifth-floor window.
Admission is 15,000 won for adults. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The closing is extended to 10 p.m. on Saturday. The museum is closed on July 27 and Aug. 24. Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5 and walk for five minutes.