2015.09.23 MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
PKM Gallery, Jongno District
To Friday: 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. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, and walk for 15 minutes.
(02) 734 9467-9, www.pkmgallery.com
Hakgojae Gallery, Jongno District
To Oct. 14: Kim Chong Yung (1915-82), a pioneer of Korean modern abstract sculpture, early recognized the quality of abstract art in East Asian calligraphy called seoye.
He was inspired in particular by Kim Jeong-hui, better known by his pen name Chusa, a Joseon-era scholar and master of seoye. So, this exhibition presents Chusa’s seoye pieces alongside Kim’s sculptures.
Admission is free. The gallery is closed from Saturday to Monday for the Chuseok holiday. It opens again on Tuesday. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 720-1524, www.hakgojae.com
Seoul Museum of Art, Jung District
To Sept. 29: This exhibition provides a rare glimpse inside North Korea to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan this year.
The show is divided into three parts. The first part features North Korean oil paintings with propaganda themes, posters and stamps. They can be summarized as North Korea viewed from a North Korean perspective.
The second part consists of photographs of North Korean scenery and people by foreign artists - North Korea from an outside perspective.
The third part includes photos, media art and installation pieces by South Korean artists including Kang Ik-joong and Noh Suntag and those by North Korean defector artists such as Sun Mu. They depict political tension and unification issues between the two Koreas.
Admission is free. The museum is open through the Sept. 26-29 Chuseok holiday. Go to Seoul City Hall Station, line No. 2, exit 10 and walk for five minutes.
(02) 2124-8800, sema.seoul.go.kr
DA VINCI CREATIVE 2015
Seoul Art Space Geumcheon,
To Sept. 30: The annual new media art festival, held by the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, features 15 teams of Korean and foreign artists.
Among the exhibits is “Blind Robot” by Canadian artist Louis-Philippe Demers. The robot delicately touches visitors’ faces and generates visual renderings.
And “Sentimentail” is an interactive sound piece by Korean artist duo Code Blue. Visitors can sit and play the installed piano, which mixes alcohol into a cocktail according to what keys they press.
Admission is free. It is closed during the Chuseok holiday from Sept. 26 to 29. Go to Doksan Station, line No. 1, exit 1, and walk for 10 minutes.
ROHWAJEONG: LIVE AND LET LIVE
Space BM, Yongsan District
To Sept. 30: The exhibition features conceptual works that question our preconceptions by artist duo RohwaJeong. Many of the works include objects associated with elementary schools.
Among the works, “Variable Dimensions” looks, at first glance, like a group of nails driven into the wall. In the next moment, a photo of a classroom is projected onto the wall, and the nailheads overlap with the children’s heads.
Admission is free. The gallery is closed from Saturday to Monday for the Chuseok holiday. It opens again on Tuesday. Take bus Nos. 143, 401, 406 or 730 and walk 10 minutes from the Crown Hotel stop.
(02) 797-3093, www.spacebm.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 hours are extended to 10 p.m. on Saturdays. It is open through the Chuseok holiday.
Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5 and walk for five minutes.
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