2015.8.26 Museums & GalleriesTHE RETURNED ARTIFACTS
OF PRINCESS DEOKHYE
National Palace Museum of Korea, Jongno District
To Sept. 6: Seven pieces of clothing worn by Princess Deokhye (1912-89) will be exhibited at the National Palace Museum of Korea. The pieces were returned from Japan on June 24.
The princess was the daughter of King Gojong (1852-1919) of the short-lived Korean Empire (1897-1910), also known as the Daehan Empire. The princess was forced to study in Japan at age 14 and to marry a member of the Japanese imperial family when she turned 20.
The pieces are on loan from the Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum, where more than 50 pieces of the princess’s clothing are kept. National Palace Museum officials say the pieces provide a glimpse into royal attire in the final years of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).
Admission is free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays. The museum is closed on Mondays. The museum is located inside the grounds of Gyeongbok Palace in downtown Seoul. Go to Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit No. 5.
(02) 3701-7500 or visit www.gogung.co.kr
DE LA LUMIERE
Shinsegae Gallery, Jung District
To Sept. 6: The solo show of Myoung-nam Kim presents about 30 of the Korean-born France-based artist’s latest works.
Known for her abstract paintings that use marble powder, Kim’s new pieces were created by scratching, piercing and punching holes in white paper with a metal point. The works look like abstract images, partly flat and partly three-dimensional. They sometimes look like maps or constellations, when light is shined on them.
Admission is free. The gallery is located in the Shinsegae Department Store near the Myeong-dong shopping area in central Seoul. Go to Myeongdong station, line No. 4, exit No. 4 and walk five minutes.
Seoul Museum of Art, Jung District
To Sept. 29: This exhibition provides a rare glimpse inside North Korea to commemorate the 70th anniversary of liberation from Japanese colonial rule and the division of the Korean Peninsula.
The first section of the exhibit 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 depicting political tension and unification issues.
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
Savina Museum of Contemporary Art, Jongno District
To Oct. 23: The exhibition, as the title implies, studies colors with works not only by contemporary artists interested in the cognition of color but also design and communication laboratories.
Among the works are an interactive media art piece by artist duo Hybe, which coverts the colors into sounds played by a digital piano. The exhibits also include Surrealist works with strong colors created by American artist Sandy Skoglund and French artist Bernard Faucon, who create elaborate sets and take photos of them.
Admission is 5,000 won ($4.23). Hours are 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1.
(02) 736-4371, www.savinamuseum.com
LEE QUEDE ? AN EPIC OF
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.
The retrospective features 400 pieces including his paintings and drawings and historical documents about him including photos and news articles.
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