2016.1.27 Museums & Galleries
Leeahn Gallery, Jongno District
To Saturday: The show features the recent sculptures by the renowned American artist Frank Stella, 79. Twelve of the 13 pieces now on view at Leeahn Gallery hang on the walls, showing their relation to Stella’s famous paintings related with the minimalist movement in the 20th century. They are part of the artist’s “Bali Pieces” series created between 2003 and 2009 and his “Scarlatti Sonata Kirkpatrick” series created since 2006. Each sculpture of the “Scarlatti” series, inspired by the 18th-century Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti’s sonatas, consists of a 3-D-printed body and rhythmically bent steel tubes.
Admission is free. Go to Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 3, and walk 7-8 minutes.
(02) 730-2243, www.leeahngallery.com
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. So 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 models of high-end technology.
Admission is 5,000 won ($4.30) 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
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. In the Childhood section, visitors can witness Mendini’s innocence and desire to realize his childhood dream of becoming a cartoonist.
The characters he designed for Baskin Robbins in collaboration with SPC will capture the attention of families and young visitors.
The other 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 - including an enlarged version. 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
HORIM MASTERPIECE 100
Horim Art Center, Gangnam District
For an indefinite period: Horim Museum is home to some 15,000 artifacts, including eight state-designated National Treasures, 52 Treasures and 11 city-designated cultural properties. The museum’s Sinsa-dong branch, named Horim Art Center, in November launched a new permanent exhibition that lets people 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