2015.7.29 Museums & Galleries
Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Jung District
To Aug. 25: The French fashion house Christian Dior invites visitors to enter the exhibition 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, which 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.
WALKING IN THE SPRING, SUMMER, FALL AND WINTER
Seoul Museum, Jongno District
To Aug. 9: The exhibition features 22 paintings from the museum’s collection that depict Korean landscapes in a 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 ($7.73) for adults and includes admission to 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.
SHINE KONG - SUGARFREE / LIANG MANQI - COLOMETRY
Arario Gallery Seoul, Jongno District
To Aug. 30: The gallery is holding separate solo shows of two young Asian female artists. Their styles are different but they share a common interest: the relation between flatness and three-dimensional spaces.
Korean artist Shine Kong depicts the edges of three-dimensional rectangular spaces in many layers on flat surfaces in monochrome.
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.
EXQUISITE AND PRECIOUS: THE SPLENDOR OF KOREAN ART
To Sept. 13: With this exhibition, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, is attempting to defy the notion that ancient Korean art is mostly about being simple and minimalist. It features 140 pieces of Korean art and crafts that show elaborate techniques and splendor.
Among the exhibits are 21 National Treasures including a pair of gilt-bronze candleholders from the Unified Silla Period and the Great Gilt-bronze Incense Burner of Baekje. Goryeo lacquerware inlaid with mother of pearl borrowed from museums and private collectors all around the world are one of the highlights.
Leeum curators produced an English-language guide that describes all 140 pieces on display.
Admission is 8,000 won for adults. The museum is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday. Go to Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 1, and walk for five minutes.
(02) 2014-6900, www.leeum.org.
Seoul Museum of Art, Jung District
The show is divided into three parts. The first part features North Korean oil paintings with propaganda themes, posters and stamps. They can be summarized as North Korea viewed from a North Korean perspective - not by North Korean people, but by the regime.
The second part consists of photographs of North Korean scenery and people by foreign artists - North Korea from an outside perspective.
The third part includes photos, media art and installation pieces by South Korean artists including Kang Ik-joong and Noh Suntag. They depict political tension and unification issues between the two Koreas.
Admission is free. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is closed Mondays. Go to Seoul City Hall Station, line No. 2, exit 10 and walk for five minutes.
(02) 2124-8800, http://sema.seoul.go.kr.
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.
The exhibition is divided into six sections: “Portraits of Men,” “Caryatids,” “Portraits of Women,” “Nudes,” “Works on Paper” and “Modigliani and Moise Kisling.”
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 Saturdays. The museum is closed on Aug. 24. Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5 and walk for five minutes.
LEE QUEDE - AN EPIC OF LIBERATION
MMCA Deoksu Palace, Jung District
To Nov. 1: To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is holding a special exhibition featuring the modern painter Lee Quede (1913-65) at its Deoksu Palace branch.
Lee had been consigned to oblivion for decades in South Korea after he chose to live in the North after the 1950-53 Korean War.
The admission is included with Deoksu Palace admission, which is 1,000 won for adults.
The palace is closed on Mondays. Go to Seoul City Hall Station, line No. 2, exit 10 and walk for five minutes.
(02) 2022-0600, www.mmca.go.kr.