2016.3.17 Museums & GalleriesAN 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.
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
FLOWERS, BIRDS AND ANIMALS IN KOREAN PAINTING: EMBRACING NATURE
Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP),
To March 27: The exhibition, Kansong Art Museum’s fifth show at the DDP, includes about 80 paintings of flowers, birds and animals from the museum’s collection. The paintings are by some of the biggest names in the Korean art world from the late Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) to the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). They include Shin Saimdang (1504-51); Yun Du-seo (1668-1715); Jeong Seon (1676-1759); Kim Hong-do(1745-1806); and Sin Yun-bok (1758-unknown).
One of the highlights is “Yellow Cat Romps Butterfly” by Kim. In the painting, a chubby, furry kitten, looking curious and mischievous, turning its head to gaze at a black butterfly.
Admission is 8,000 won. The venue is near exits 1 and 2 of Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station (line Nos. 2, 4, and 5).
(02) 2153-0000, www.ddp.or.kr or www.kansong.org
9 LIGHTS IN 9 ROOMS
D Museum, Yongsan District
To May 8: D Museum, a new branch of Daelim Museum west of Gyeongbok Palace in central Seoul, opened in early December.
The inaugural exhibition features lighting installation works by nine foreign artists and designers. In the second room is London-based Australian designer Flynn Talbot’s “Primary.” In the dark, light of changing primary colors is projected on a triangular sculpture covered with many smaller triangular pyramids. It creates numerous different abstract painting-like images, depending on the time and angle. And a piece by Russian visual-auditory art group Tundra, “My Whale,” is on display in the sixth room. It is a synaesthetic installation work in which the viewers see and hear regular image patterns and regular sounds, which surround them and resonate together.
Admission is 8,000 won for adults. The museum is closed on Monday. It is located at Dokseodang-ro 29-gil in Yongsan District, central Seoul. There is no nearby subway station.
(070) 5097-0020, www.daelimmuseum.org/dmuseum
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