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KIAF 2015

COEX Hall A & B, Gangnam District

To Sunday: Each year, the Korea International Art Fair, hosted by the Korea Galleries Association, chooses a guest country to honor and introduces its galleries and artists, while also inviting visitors and artists to enjoy Korea’s domestic art market and diverse contemporary art.

Japan is the guest country for this year’s fair, so 20 Japanese galleries are participating, including Tomio Koyama gallery. They will present works of prominent Japanese artists such as Kishio Suga. In total 182 galleries including 52 from 11 foreign countries are participating in the fair.

General admission is 15,000 won ($13).

Go to Bongeunsa Station, line No. 9, exit 7.

(02) 766-3702, www.kiaf.org


Hakgojae Gallery, Jongno District

To Oct. 14: Kim Chong Yung (1915-82), a pioneer of Korean modern abstract sculpture, recognized early on 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.

Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, and walk for 10 minutes.

(02) 720-1524, www.hakgojae.com


Gyeum-jae Jeong-seon Museum of Art, Gangseo District

To Oct. 25: Lee Gil-rae is this year’s recipient of the title Artist of the Year at the sixth annual Korean Association of Art Critics Award.


To celebrate, the Gyeum-jae Jeong-seon Museum is holding a solo show by the 54-year-old artist.

The exhibit consists of sculptural works constructed with copper that convey the contours of various trees, primarily pine. Such manipulation of the material lends an array of perspectives, perceptions and distortions.

Admission is 1,000 won. The museum is closed on Mondays. Go to Yangcheon Hyanggyo Station, line No. 9, exit 1, and walk for about 10 minutes.

(02) 2659-2206, www.gjjs.or.kr



Suwon I-Park Museum of Art

To Nov 22: Celebrating the opening of the Suwon I-Park Museum of Art, the exhibition “Now Us: Su Won” features works from over 110 domestic and foreign artists. True to the exhibition’s title, the wide range of works all serve to bring the artists and visitors together into a collective unit in order to reflect on the past, present and future.

Another theme explored in exhibition, well demonstrated by works artists Kim Haek-doo and Lee Gil-beum, is to communicate each other’s stories by depicting one’s valued objects representational of one’s personal narrative. Transcending time and space, it allows for empathy among artists, visitors, and citizens, solidifying the museum’s function as a facilitator for such interactions.

Admission is free.

Go to Suwon Station, line No. 1, exit 10. Then take bus Nos. 11, 13, 17, 35 to the Suwon Sungji Stop.

(031) 228-3664, sima.suwon.go.kr


Gallery Hyundai, Jongno District

To Oct. 18: The solo show of Lee Seung-taek features his abstract works created with rope on canvas.

The works by Lee, a cross between two-dimensional drawings and three-dimensional sculptures, were created in the 1960s and ’70s but have seldom been shown to the public. It was because the artist, now 83, remained obscure until he gained recognition in the past few years. Now Lee is a hot artist internationally. He was invited to the Frieze London art fair’s “Sculpture Park” show for the second straight year.

Admission is free. The gallery is closed on Mondays. Go to exit No. 1 of Anguk station, line No. 3, and walk for 10 minutes.

(02) 2287-3500, www.galleryhyundai.com


Horim Art Center, Gangnam District

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. Of the 70 flat bottles on display, half of them have never been shown to the public before.

The first section of the show is solely dedicated to flat bottles that are buncheong ceramics, which means 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


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 on 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
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