2015.10.23 MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
MMCA Seoul, Jongno District
To Nov. 1: The exhibition features the four artists nominated for the fourth annual Korea Artist Prize granted by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) and the SBS Foundation.
The museum announced on Oct. 6 that Inhwan Oh won this year’s prize. In this exhibition, the 50-year artist presents a series of installation and video works related to blind spots both literally and symbolically.
The other three artists are Kira Kim, Na Hyun and Tae Bum Ha. Kim, 41, presents a series of videos to tell the story of individuals’ “socio-cultural” positions in Korea, which is a unique country still dominated by Cold War ideologies, and, at the same time, a center of global capitalism.
Na, 45, presents installation works, objects, photos and documents that show his archaeological and anthropological comparative study of the Devil’s Mountain (Teufelsberg) in Berlin and Nanji Island in Seoul. Both are huge artificial hills formed on top of urban waste.
And Ha, 41, presents a series of photos of utterly white landscapes. In fact, he recreated the images of disasters sites as all-white miniatures and took photographs of them.
Admission is 4,000 won, which covers entry to the other shows going on at the Seoul museum. The museum is closed on Mondays. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1 and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 3701-9500, www.mmca.go.kr
HARMONY OF LINES AND SURFACE, FLAT BOTTLE
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. 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 ($7.10). 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
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.
Admission is free. The gallery is closed on Mondays. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1 and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 541-5701, www.arariogallery.com
Kukje Gallery, Jongno District
To Nov. 29: Five bluestone sculptures by New York-based Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone are now on display in Kukje Gallery’s K3 space. The sculptures may remind Korean viewers of goindol, which are Korean dolmen from the Bronze Age, or primitive idols from other cultures. The artist is known for his interest in time and displacement.
Admission is free. Opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and to 5 p.m. Sunday. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1 and walk for 10 minutes
(02) 735-8449, www.kukje.org
OUT OF THE BOX
Kumho Museum of Art, Jongno District
To Dec. 13: In this show, six teams of Korean architects present installation works that test the limits and aesthetic potential of unusual building materials.
The materials include stainless steel plates used by architect Kim Chan-joong from the System Lab, flexible bamboo used by the Wise Architecture studio, and transparent corrugated plastic roofing sheets used by Moon Ji Bang. The other participants are Joho Architecture, Nameless Architecture and Office 53427.
Admission is 4,000 won for adults. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1 and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 720-5114, www.kumhomuseum.com
Wonju city, Gangwon province
To Feb. 28: This exhibition features modern and contemporary artwork created using old printing process methods - etchings, silk screens and lithographs, for instance.
The show consists of three sections. In the first section are presented works by 20 Korean contemporary artists. They include minimalist silk screen pieces by Koo Ja-hyun and elaborate etchings by Lee Young-ae. The third section features prints by famous Western artists like English sculptor Henry Moore and American pop artists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
The most interesting section is undoubtedly the second, “Reflecting the Times,” which features Japanese-style woodblock prints depicting old-time Korean people by Scottish artist Elizabeth Keith (1887-1956) and French artist Paul Jacoulet (1896-1960).
Admission is 15,000 won and covers entry to the museum’s other exhibits except for the James Turrell gallery. Admission for the James Turrell gallery is 28,000 won.
The museum is located inside the Hansol Oak Valley resort in Wonju, Gangwon, and closed on Mondays.
Arario Museum in Space, Jongno District
For an indefinite period: “Really?” is the inaugural exhibition of the Arario Museum, which opened on Sept. 1, 2014, in the iconic ivy-covered brick building “Space” designed by the legendary Korean architect Kim Swoo-geun (1931-86). Space’s intricately linked display areas and spiral staircases remain in their original state, while the artwork is wittily installed in unexpected locations.
About 100 pieces by more than 40 artists including Korean-American video art pioneer Nam June Paik, and British artists Marc Quinn and Tracey Emin, are on display. They are part of the vast collection of Ci Kim, one of Korea’s most important collectors.
The museum recently added a new exhibit: “Eight Rooms” by Chinese artist Li Qing. The work is a recreation of the artist’s studio and rooms, on whose walls his own paintings are hanging.
Admission is 10,000 won for adults. Children under 10 are not allowed to enter.
Go to Anguk subway station, line No. 3, exit 3 and walk for three minutes.
(02) 736-5700, www.arariomuseum.org