2015.11.19 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESVISIONS OF MACRO AND MICRO
Museum of Art at Seoul National University Gwanak District
To Sunday: The exhibition features Korean and Taiwanese contemporary ink painters who use the methods of traditional East Asian ink painting to create works in new styles.
For example, Korean artist Lim Hyun-lak’s installation work “Breath ? 1 second” consists of several long, translucent textiles, on each of which the artist dashed off one stroke of the brush as if leaving a trace of his breath.
Five Koreans including Lim and Kim Ho-deuk and four Taiwanese artists including Lee Yi-Hong and Huang-Bo Hau are participating in the exhibition.
Admission is 3,000 won ($2.70) for adults. Go to Seoul National University Station, line No. 2, exit 3, and take bus No. 5511 or 5513.
THE WORDS ? LANDSCAPE WITHIN LANDSCAPE
Gana Art Center, Jongno District
To Nov. 29: Korean artist Yoo Sun-tai is well known for surrealistic landscape paintings. In his paintings, the inside and outside of architecture are confused with perspective distorted and various objects, whose sizes are also distorted, are floating in the air.
In this solo exhibition, Yoo shows the evolution of the paintings in his signature style. The objects, such as books, violins and gramophones, which have repeatedly appeared in his paintings, have come out of the frames for this show: He created paintings in his signature styles on the surfaces of the objects.
Admission is 3,000 won. The gallery is closed on Monday.
To reach the galleries, head to Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 3, take bus No. 1711 and get off at the Lotte Apartment stop. Then walk for five minutes.
(02) 720-1020, www.ganaart.com
Coreana Museum of Art, Gangnam District
To Dec. 5: The exhibition has theme of women’s bodies, and sometimes men’s bodies viewed from women’s perspective, expressed through video and photographic works.
Among the 13 Korean and foreign artists participating in the show, Korean choreographer Ahn Eu-mi’s video piece, “A Dance Homage to Ancestors,” shows the rhythmic gestures and dances of ordinary Korean elderly women, who have lived lives of suffering and patience, and ends with their performances.
Bahamian artist Janine Antoni’s “Honey Baby” is a video performance in which a male performer experiences a cave-like space that symbolizes a woman’s womb.
Admission is 3,000 won for adults. Go to Apgujeong Station, line No. 3, exit No. 3 and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 547-9177, www.spacec.co.kr
INVISIBLE LAND OF LOVE
MMCA Seoul, Jongno District
To Feb.14: The solo exhibition of Ahn Kyuchul consists of the 60-year-old Korean artist’s eight recent pieces. It is the second edition of the MMCA Hyundai Motor Series sponsored by the auto giant.
Among the works, “Nine Goldfish” is a pond of concentric circles in which nine goldfish swim. The goldfish seem to be together but they can never meet one another, as each is nine separate concentric tracks.
Most of the other works on display also deal with isolation and lack of communication. “64 Rooms,” a structure divided into 64 small cells by dark blue velvet curtains, is “a labyrinth of voluntary desolation and absence,” as the artist said. But in some of the other works such as the audience-participation performance project “1,000 Scribes,” such isolation leads to a higher level of communication.
Admission is 4,000 won, which covers entrance 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
THE POETRY OF DESIGN
Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Jung District
To Feb. 28: For his Korean fans, world-renowned Italian architect and designer Alessandro Mendini has organized a large-size exhibition, the biggest in Asia, according to the organizer.
The exhibit features about 600 works in a “labyrinthine interweaving of the poetic and the theoretic,” showing Mendini’s works, his inspirations, design thinking and so on.
The highlights include the various versions of the Poltrona di Proust, the chair Mendini created in 1978 and which has become an icon of postmodern design. And other giant monuments he created for the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain are among the exhibits.
Admission for adults is 14,000 won. The exhibition is closed on Mondays. Go to Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station, lines No. 2 and 4, exit 1, and walk for five minutes.
(02) 3143-4360, www.ddp.or.kr or www.mendini.co.kr