2015.8.12 Museums & Galleries
Hakgojae Gallery, Jongno District
To Aug. 23: The retrospective of Lee Dong-youb (1946-2013) features 15 paintings from the “Between” series by the abstract artist.
Lee participated in the “Five Kinds of White” exhibition at Tokyo Gallery in May 1975, often credited as a show that introduced the Dansaekhwa, or Korean monochrome abstract painting, movement.
“Since the 1970s, Lee created white surfaced monochrome paintings for over 50 years until his death in 2013,” said Hakgojae curator Kim Han-deul. “For Lee, the color white is a void for consciousness and a vessel for thought.
Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday. The exhibit is closed on Monday. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 720-1524, www.hakgojae.com.
PEACEMINUSONE: 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 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 ($11) 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.
Dongdaemun Design Plaza,
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.
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.
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.
Leeum, Yongsan District
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 candelabras from the Unified Silla Period and the Great Gilt-bronze Incense Burner of Baekje.
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
To Sept. 29: This exhibition provides a rare glimpse inside North Korea to commemorate the 70th National Liberation Day that will fall on Aug. 15.
The show is divided into three parts. The first part features North Korean oil paintings with propaganda themes, posters and stamps. The second part consists of photographs of North Korean scenery and people by foreign artists. The third part includes photos, media art and installation pieces by South Korean artists. 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. and closed Mondays. Go to Seoul City Hall Station, line No. 2, exit 10 and walk for five minutes.
(02) 2124-8800, 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.
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.
The first section of the show is solely dedicated to flat bottles that are buncheong ceramics, or grayish-blue ceramic covered in white glaze. This style was popular in the early Joseon period.
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.
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.