2015.8.23 MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Jung District
To tomorrow: 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, lines No. 2 and 4, exit 1 and walk for five minutes.
(02) 2153-0000, www.ddp.or.kr or www.espritdior.com
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 (1810-49), 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 (lines No. 1 and 4), exit 2.
(02) 2077-9000, www.museum.go.kr
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 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
HARMONY OF LINES AND SURFACE, FLAT BOTTLE
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
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
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. Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5 and walk for five minutes.