2015.12.28 Museums & Galleries
SKT UX HCI Lab, Jung District
To Jan. 16: The exhibition features 50 robots created by artists and engineers with support by Art Center Nabi, which has constantly focused on the fusion of art and new technology, in robots in particular.
The visitors can interact with many of the robots on display. They include a soju-drinking robot, which would be a great companion to those who drink at home alone, and a robot that looks like a cute stuffed bear but, if spoken to, gives answers in a flirtatious, deep male voice.
Admission is free but advance reservations are required. The lab is closed on Sundays. Go to the Dongguk University subway station, line No. 3, exit 4, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 2121-1031, www.nabirobot.com
PICASSO TO FRANCIS BACON
Hangaram Art Museum of Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District
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 today, 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
Hangaram Design Museum of Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District
The exhibited works are loaned by the Wallraf-Richartz Museum in Cologne, Germany, so the show also provides a rare opportunity for Korean viewers to have a glimpse at German Impressionist art. The works by German Impressionists such as Lovis Corinth and Max Libermann have a much darker tone than French Impressionism.
Admission is 15,000 won for adults. The museum is closed today, Jan. 25, Feb. 29 and March 28. Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5, and walk for five minutes.
(02) 1588-2618, www.impressionism.kr
KWON OK YON
Gana Art Center, Jongno District
To Jan. 24: The retrospective of Kwon Ok Yon (1923-2011) showcases 50 of his paintings and a reproduction of his studio.
The exhibits include Kwon’s Expressionist-style female nudes and portraits in bluish grey, violet or brown tones, which are signature colors of the artist. Among the other artworks on view are surrealistic landscapes, which are regarded as Kwon’s major works along with the paintings of women.
Admission is 3,000 won ($2.50). The gallery is closed on Mondays.
To reach the gallery, head to Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 3, and take bus No. 1711 and get off at the Lotte Apartment stop. Then walk for five minutes.
(02) 720-1020, www.ganaart.com
KIM HONG JOO
Kukje Gallery, Jongno District
To Jan. 24: The exhibition features the most recent 13 paintings by veteran Korean artist Kim Hong Joo. The paintings show ambiguous forms, which look abstract to some viewers and which, at the same time, appear to depict something like a flower or landscape to some other viewers. The forms are visualized in numerous tiny brush strokes, which are the signature style of the 70-year-old artist.
Admission is free. Opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 735-8449, www.kukje.org
PAIK NAM JUNE GROOVE
Sejong Museum of Art, Jongno District
To Jan. 29: This exhibition marks the upcoming 10th anniversary of the death of Korean-born artist Nam June Paik, regarded as the founder of video art. It focuses on helping viewers understand the context in which Paik created his diverse video art, so it includes more texts of quotations from the artist and from critical writings about him on the walls of the exhibition rooms than previous shows of the artist.
The show concentrates on archiving Paik’s oeuvre - which is useful for students and researchers interested in the artist - rather than displaying many of his spectacular video sculptures.
Admission is 9,000 won for adults. Those who buy a ticket for the exhibition are allowed to visit two times. Go to Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 8.
(02) 399-1152, www.sejongpac.or.kr