2015.9.9 Museums & Galleries
PKM Gallery, Jongno District
To Sept. 25: The solo show by renowned Korean contemporary artist Lee Bul features 32 installation pieces, 10 of which are being unveiled for the first time, and drawings.
The majority of the exhibited works are part of the “Infinity” series. The series’ decorative and architectural aspect, and the visually provocative use of LED lights, mirror shards and crystals, all provide a playful opportunity for visitors to interact with the works as well as a deeper meditation on the future and humanity.
Admission is free. The gallery is closed on Mondays. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, and walk for 15 minutes.
(02) 734 9467-9, www.pkmgallery.com
Arario Gallery, Jongno District
To Nov. 8: This solo exhibition showcases the works of painter Sunghun Kong.
For this exhibition, Kong has taken a very delicate subject, twilight, and ambitiously defies its transitory nature and paradoxically immortalizes the short interlude between day and night and vice versa, according to the gallery.
Viewers can enter the realm of this “magic hour” through the different angles of approach manifested in his vast compositional and color exploration and experimentation, the gallery says.
(02) 541-5701, www.arariogallery.com
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THE SPLENDOR OF KOREAN ART
Leeum, Yongsan District
To Sunday: 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.
As a special event for the final two weeks, the exhibition admits all students ranging from elementary to graduate school students or people under 20 for free. And nonstudent adults accompanying a student or an underage visitor will get a 50 percent discount from the 8,000 won ($6.70) admission. The museum is also extending the closing time from 6 to 9 p.m. Opening time is 10:30 a.m.
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 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 is an interactive media art piece by artist duo Hybe, which converts colors into sounds played by a digital piano. The exhibit also includes 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. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1.
(02) 736-4371, www.savinamuseum.com
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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