2016.3.8 Museums & Galleries
Hakgojae Gallery, Jongno District
To April 6: This solo Joo Jaehwan show intends to shed new light on the unique 76-year-old artist.
Joo is often categorized as a minjung artist, as he organized the “Reality and Utterance’” group with other artists in 1979, which triggered the art movement characterized by strong political and social messages against the military regime of the time and the Westernized, capitalist culture. However, unlike other minjung artists, who focused on social realist paintings or woodblock prints, Joo experimented with various materials and media. The 50 pieces on view in this exhibition reveal such characteristics.
“To the artist, ‘night’ is not only physical time between sunrise and sunset, but also is an aesthetic space, where art exists regardless of social order and regulations,” Hakgojae explained on its website. “It is also a cosmic space that bears the potential of various creations and metamorphosis.”
Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 720-1524, www.hakgojae.com.
Center, Seocho District
To March 20: The exhibition explores the many ways that humans have been depicted in the arts, from different centuries, regions and cultures, from the collection loaned by the British Museum. It features 176 pieces of art and artifacts.
As the exhibition’s scope is vast in terms of time and location, it features a wide range of objects, such as a skull coated with plaster that is about 8,000 years old - the oldest relic from the museum’s collection - and artifacts from ancient Egypt including a mummy case, a statue of the Egyptian goddess Isis, Amun and more, and those from the ancient Greece and Rome. It also includes an array of paintings and initial sketches by Rembrandt, Durer, Matisse and Picasso.
Admission is 15,000 won for adults. Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5 and walk for five minutes.
(02) 724-6321, www.humanimage.co.kr.
THE BEAUTIFUL: WOMEN IN PAINTINGS
Seoul Museum, Jongno District
To March 20: The exhibition features 40 portrait paintings of women by 26 well-known modern and contemporary artists. They include Kwon Ok-yeon, Kim Ki-chang and Jeong Myoung-Jo of Korea, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Marie Laurencin of France and Feng Zhengjie of China.
Among the highlights are the seven paintings by Chun Kyung-ja (1924-2015), a rare Korean female modern artist in her generation, who passed away at the age of 91 last year.
Admission is 9,000 won ($7.50) for adults and includes admission to the other shows going on at the museum. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Take bus Nos. 1020, 1711, 7016, 7018, 7022 or 7212 to the Jahamun Tunnel stop.
(02) 395-0100, www.seoulmuseum.org.
WORLD OF MYSTERY
Hangaram Art Museum of Seoul Arts
Center, Seocho District
To March 20: After a successful exhibition in 2012, the National Geographic is returning to Seoul with a large photo exhibit. This exhibition provides an overview of the history of civilization, but focuses on the journeys and adventures that have led to space and ocean discoveries. The collection, devoted to photographic records of such discoveries, consists of 200 items, including an exclusive display of the submersible craft used by National Geographic’s explorer-in-residence Sylvia Earle.
Admission is 13,000 for adults. Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5 and walk for five minutes.
(02) 6263-2621, www.sac.or.kr.