2015.07.22 Museums & Galleries
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 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 Sunday: 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.
PEACEMINUSONE: BEYOND THE STAGE
Seoul Museum of Art, Jung District
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 oeuvres 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 8 p.m on weekdays and to 7 p.m. on weekends. It is closed on Monday. Go to Seoul City Hall Station, line No. 2, exit 10 and walk for five minutes.
(02) 3789-8870, peaceminusone.modoo.at.
POLISH ART: 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.
(02) 2077-9000, www.museum.go.kr.
HARMONY OF LINES AND SURFACE, FLAT BOTTLE
Horim Art Center, Gangnam District
To Oct. 31: The exhibition takes a new approach to Korean ceramic bottles, displaying a series of only flat bottles mostly from the museum’s own collection. Of the 70 flat bottles on display, half of them have never been shown to the public before.
Additionally, the second section of the exhibit features white porcelain flat bottles.
There is also a small section of the exhibit dedicated to black flat bottles.
Admission costs 8,000 won. The center’s opening hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The museum is closed on Sundays.
Take bus Nos. 145 , 440 or 4212 and get off at the Horim Art Center stop.
(02) 541-3523~5, www.horimartcenter.org.