2015.9.2 Museums&GalleriesTHE BUTTERFLY EFFECT
Kumho Museum of Art, Jongno District
To Sunday: The show features the nine artists now participating in Kumho Art Studio, a residency program run by the museum to support young Korean artists.
Among the artists, Lee Sujin deals with what is lost in translation. To the artist, translation is not only about foreign languages but also about conversion between speech and written text. Lee Jihyun addresses the results of various types of violence - both physical and mental - that we face in person or in the news media in her paintings. Im Youngzoo deals with folk beliefs held by people in the 21st century through paintings and a documentary video.
Admission is 3,000 won ($2.90) for adults. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 720-5114, www.kumhomuseum.com
EXQUISITE AND PRECIOUS:
THE SPLENDOR OF KOREAN ART
Leeum, Yongsan District
To Sept. 13: With this exhibition, the 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. Curators produced an English-language guide that describes all 140 pieces on display.
As a special event for the final two weeks, the exhibition will admit all students ranging from elementary to graduate school students or people under 20 for free. And nonstudent adults accompanying a student or underage visitor will get a 50 percent discount from the 8,000 won admission.
The museum is closed on Monday. Go to Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit No. 1, and walk for five minutes.
(02) 2014-6900, www.leeum.org
SUMMER LOVE PART 2
SongEun Art Space, Gangnam District
To Sept. 19: The exhibition features 16 young artists, each of whom had a solo exhibition at SongEun ArtCube, a nonprofit gallery for young artists, in the last five years. Both the Art Cube and the Art Space are operated by the SongEun Art and Cultural Foundation.
Among the artists, Kim Hee-young presents ceramic reproductions of cheap disposable things such as plastic spoons, raising the question of their value. And Choi Byeong-Seok makes leather shoes for babies at a special worktable he invented and sells them to the audience.
Admission is free. The art space is closed on Sundays. Go to Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit No. 9, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 3448-0100, www.songeunartspace.org
MMCA Seoul, Jongno District
To Oct. 11: The exhibition showcases 270 pieces by 110 artists, selected by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) to examine Korea’s history since its 1945 liberation from Japanese colonialism. The works are divided into three sections.
Section 1, “Uproarious,” focuses on the 1950-53 Korean War and life in postwar Korea. Section 2, “Heated,” explores the rapid industrialization, urbanization and democratization in the 1960s to the ’80s. Section 3, “Inundated,” examines Korean society since the 1990s, with its diverse values and hybridized culture.
Admission is 4,000 won, which covers the other shows going on in the Seoul museum. The museum is closed on Mondays.
The museum is a 10-minute walk from Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1.
(02) 3701-9500, www.mmca.go.kr
AERNOUT MIK: PARALLELITIES
Artsonje Center, Jongno District
To Nov. 29: The solo exhibition of Dutch artist Aernout Mik shows his four separate video installations that focus on borders and conflicts between countries, ideologies and others.
Among the works is “Ice Cream Hill (2014-15).” Commissioned by the REAL DMZ PROJECT and being shown for the first time at this exhibition, the film tells the story of tensions between the two Koreas over Sabseulbong Peak, located near the demilitarized zone in Cheorwon, Gangwon.
Admission is 3,000 won 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