2016.1.21 Museums & Galleries
KWON OK YON
Gana Art Center, Jongno District
To Saturday: The retrospective of Kwon Ok Yon (1923-2011) showcases 50 of his paintings and a reproduction of his studio.
The exhibit includes Kwon’s Expressionist-style female nudes and portraits in tones of bluish-grey, violet and brown - the artist’s signature colors. Other artworks on display include Kwon’s surrealistic landscapes, which are regarded as some of his major works.
Admission is 3,000 won ($2.50).
To reach the gallery, head to Gyeongbokgung Station, take line No. 3, exit 3, and take bus No. 1711 to the Lotte Apartment stop. Then walk for five minutes.
(02) 720-1020, www.ganaart.com
KIM HONG JOO
Kukje Gallery, Jongno District
To Sunday: The exhibition features veteran Korean artist Kim Hong Joo’s 13 most recent paintings. The artworks show ambiguous forms, which appear abstract to some while resembling something like a flower or a landscape to others. The forms are created via tiny brush strokes: the distinctive 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, incorporating an increased number of quotes from the artist and critical writings about him on the walls of the exhibition rooms, than previous shows .
The show focuses on archiving Paik’s oeuvre - which is useful for students and researchers interested in the artist - rather than displaying many of his 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
PICASSO TO FRANCIS BACON
Hangaram Art Museum of Seoul Arts
Center, Seocho District
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 lover Dora Maar in oil, “Buste de Femme,” and the 1945 lithograph series “El Toro (The Bull).”
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
To April 3: This exhibition features 70 paintings from about 40 artists, and not only displays French Impressionist art from well-known masters such as Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir and Camille Pisarro, but also paintings that influenced or were influenced by French Impressionism.
The works are on loan from the Wallraf-Richartz Museum in Cologne, Germany. The show provides a rare opportunity for Korean viewers to get a glimpse of German Impressionist art.
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
Arario Museum in Space, Jongno District
For an indefinite period: “Really?” is the inaugural exhibition of the Arario Museum, which opened in September 2014 in the iconic ivy-covered brick building “Space,” designed by legendary 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 from over 40 artists, are on display, including those of Korean-American video art pioneer Nam June Paik and British artists Marc Quinn and Tracey Emin.
Late last year, the museum added a new exhibit - “Eight Rooms” by Chinese artist Li Qing. The work is a recreation of the artist’s studio and rooms, where his own paintings hang.
Admission is 10,000 won for adults. Children under 10 are not permitted.
Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 3, and walk for three minutes.
(02) 736-5700, www.arariomuseum.org