2015.11.25 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESAERNOUT MIK: PARALLELITIES
Artsonje Center, Jongno District
To Sunday: The solo exhibition of Dutch artist Aernout Mik shows his four separate video installations that focus on borders and conflicts between countries, ideologies and otherness.
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 films tells the story of tensions between the two Koreas on Sabseulbong Peak, located near the DMZ in Cheorwon, Gangwon.
Admission is 3,000 won ($2) for adults.
Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1 and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 733-8945, www.artsonje.org
Space BM, Yongsan District
To Monday: The exhibition features landscapes by two famous painters - Yoo Geun-Taek and Lee Kwang-Ho. The gallery says the two artists use quite different methods but share the common goal of creating very personal landscapes paradoxically through realistic, meticulous depictions.
Yoo’s paintings depict the landscapes of Berlin, where he recently stayed. They, at a glimpse, are Western-style landscapes but they have been created using the methods of Eastern ink paintings.
And as for Lee’s paintings of bushes in desolates sites, the bushes appear raised, as if they could be touched by the viewer, due to the artist’s unique brush strokes and his skill of scratching the canvas with a needle.
Admission is free. Take bus Nos. 143, 401, 406 or 730 and walk for 10 minutes from the Crown Hotel stop.
(02) 797-3093, www.spacebm.com
Kukje Gallery, Jongno District
To Dec. 6: The solo exhibition of Kwon Young-woo (1926-2013) showcases 30 of the artist’s works that span the borders between painting and sculpture, and between East Asian and Western art.
Kwon, one of the leaders of the dansaekhwa (Korean monochrome abstract painting) movement, began in the early 1960s to create works by cutting, tearing and puncturing hanji (traditional Korean paper). “His focus on the delicate hanji’s layered texture led to three-dimensional shapes and rhythmic compositions that cover the entire surface,” the gallery web site explains.
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 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 1, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 720-5114, www.kumhomuseum.com
MMCA Seoul, Jongno District
To Jan. 24: The exhibition features kinetic art, robot art and other new media art by 14 artists from Korea and Australia. Its title “New Romance” is a kind of homonym joke from the fact that many Korean readers took William Gibson’s classic 1984 Sci-fi novel “Neuromancer” for “New Romancer.”
Admission is 4,000 won for adults, which includes entry to the other shows going on at the Seoul museum. The museum is closed on Mondays. It is a 10-minute walk from Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1.
(02) 3701-9500, www.mmca.go.kr
A HOMAGE TO KOREAN ARCHITECTURE: WISDOM OF THE EARTH
Leeum, Yongsan District
To Feb. 6: The exhibition started from a project to publish a photographic collection of Korean architecture. It features the images of old Korea’s architectural masterpieces including Bulguk Temple, the shrine of Jongmyo and Changdeok Palace by six famous contemporary Korean photographers: Joo Myeong-duck, Bae Bien-u, Koo Bohn-chang, Kim Jae-gyeong, Seo Heun-kang, and Kim Do-kyun.
But it is not only a photo exhibition. The museum has juxtaposed the photos of the old iconic buildings with the paintings of them by old masters, the old maps of the sites where they were built and their 3-D-scanned images and high-tech models.
Admission is 5,000 won for adults. Admission for elementary, middle and high school students is free on weekdays. The museum is closed on Mondays. Go to Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 1, and walk for five minutes.
(02) 2014-6901, www.leeum.org
Hangaram Art Museum of Seoul Arts
Center, Seocho District
Friday To March 1: The exhibition features 100 works by 20 masters of modern and contemporary art, including Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Marcel Duchamp and Marc Chagall, from the collection of Venezuela’s National Museums Foundation.
Among the highlights are Pablo Picasso’s 1941 portrait of his lover Dora Maar in oil, “Buste de Femme,” and the Spanish artist’s 1945 lithograph series “El Toro (The Bull).” The other must-sees include Francis Bacon’s 1976 oil painting “Figure at a Washbasin,” which depicts a distorted human body in the British artist’s signature style.
Admission is 13,000 won for adults. The museum is closed on Nov. 30, Dec. 28, Jan. 25 and Feb. 29.
Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5, and walk for five minutes.
(02) 580-1300, www.sac.or.kr
FLOWERS, BIRDS AND ANIMALS IN KOREAN PAINTING: EMBRACING NATURE
Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Jung District
To March 27: The exhibition, Kansong Museum’s fifth show at the DDP, includes about 80 paintings of flowers, birds and animals from the museum’s collection. The paintings are by some of the biggest names in the Korean art world from the late Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) to the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). They include Shin Saimdang (1504-51), Yun Du-seo (1668-1715), Jeong Seon (1676-1759), Kim Hong-do(1745-1806) and Sin Yun-bok (1758-unknown).
One of the highlights is “Yellow Cat Romps Butterfly” by Kim. In the painting, a chubby, furry kitten, looking curious and mischievous, turns its head to gaze at a black butterfly.
Admission is 8,000 won. The venue is near exits 1 and 2 of Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station (line Nos. 2, 4 and 5).
02-2153-0000, www.ddp.or.kr or
Horim Art Center, Gangnam District
For an indefinite period: Horim Museum is home to some 15,000 Korean artifacts, including eight state-designated National Treasures, 52 Treasures and 11 city-designated cultural properties. The museum’s Sinsa-dong branch, the Horim Art Center, this month launched a new permanent exhibition that lets visitors enjoy these ancient Korean masterpieces.
The show includes three national treasures including the “White Porcelain Lidded Jar with Plum and Bamboo Design in Underglaze Cobalt Blue” (National Treasure No. 222) and 19 treasures including “Gilt-Bronze Standing Sakyamuni Buddha at Birth” (Treasure No. 808). Exhibits at the exhibition will partially change every six months.
Admission costs 8,000 won. 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 Museum in Space,
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.
The museum recently added a new exhibit - “Eight Rooms” by Chinese artist Li Qing. The work is a re-creation of the artist’s studio and rooms, with his own paintings hanging on the walls.
Admission is 10,000 won for adults. Children under 10 are not allowed.
Go to Anguk subway station, line No. 3, exit 3, and walk for three minutes.
(02) 736-5700, www.arariomuseum.org