2016.3.2 Museums & Galleries
To March 12: Thirteen lyrical paintings by veteran Korean painter Park Don, 87, are now on display. Along with the paintings on view are Park’s drawings, photographs he collected and referred to for his paintings, videos of his interviews, his past exhibition pamphlets and magazines featuring his paintings on the cover.
All the items on display were donated by the artist himself to the museum, which is a rare Korean private institution that houses a vast amount of documents and research materials related to fine art.
(02) 730-6216, www.daljinmuseum.com
AN HOMAGE TO KOREAN ARCHITECTURE: WISDOM OF THE EARTH
Leeum, Yongsan District
To March 27: This exhibition features images of old Korea’s architectural masterpieces including Bulguk Temple, Jongmyo Shrine 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.
The exhibition, which had been planned to finish on Feb. 6 , has been extended. Admission is 5,000 won ($4) for adults. For the extended period, admission for visitors aged 18 or younger is free. 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 Design Museum of Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District
To April 3: This exhibition features 70 paintings from about 40 artists, and not only displays of French Impressionist art from well-known masters such as Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir and Camille Pissarro, 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 on March 28. Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5, and walk for five minutes.
(02) 1588-2618, www.impressionism.kr
NAM JUNE PAIK: WHEN HE WAS IN SEOUL
Gallery Hyundai, Jongno District
To April 3: With the 10th anniversary of Korean-born video art pioneer Nam June Paik’s death on Jan. 29, the gallery launched an exhibition that focuses on the TV sculptures Paik created in Seoul.
Paik only became known to the Korean public in the mid-1980s, as he had stayed mainly in Europe and America.
The gallery re-created the stage for Paik’s 1990 performance, which he did in the gallery’s backyard. Paik performed a gut, a traditional Korean shaman ritual to comfort spirits, for German artist Joseph Beuys, who died in 1986. Beuys led the avant-garde Fluxus movement with Paik and others.
Admission is 5,000 won for adults. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 2287-3500, www.galleryhyundai.com
HORIM MASTERPIECE 100
Horim Art Center, Gangnam District
For an indefinite period: The Horim Museum is home to some 15,000 artifacts, including eight state-designated National Treasures, 52 Treasures and 11 city-designated cultural properties. The 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 is 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