2016.5.31 MUSEUMS & GALLERIESAPRIL, THE ETERNAL VOYAGE
Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art,
To June 25: This exhibition in memory of the 304 victims of the April 16, 2014, Sewol ferry tragedy features works by 22 artists.
About two-thirds of the exhibits have never been shown to the public before. The diverse artworks include an installation piece made of various objects found at the port by artist Soun Hong; an installation of 304 twinkling points of light in a dark room by Jo Sook-jin; and a series of photos that show praying hands with one finger dyed red with garden balsam, which is the result of artist Sohee Cho’s project.
Admission is 4,000 won ($3.40) . The museum is closed on Mondays. It’s a 20-minute walk from exit 1 of Choji Station on line No. 4.
(031) 481-7000, gmoma.ggcf.kr
Gallery Hyundai, Jongno District
To July 10: This exhibition features about 60 drawings by eight Korean modern art masters now receiving increased international attention, so visitors can gain a deeper understanding of the evolution of their art.
The artists include the first-generation abstract art leader Kim Whanki (1913-74) and creators of dansaekhwa, or Korean monochrome paintings, such as Park Seobo, Chung Sang-hwa and Lee Ufan.
Admission is free. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 2287-3500, www.galleryhyundai.com
The Museum of Art, Seoul National
University, Gwanak District
To July 24: Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the museum, this exhibition features artworks of diverse genres and media under the theme of “sustainability.”
“Sustainability associated with environmental and economic problems has been a hot global topic in recent years, but it has been too big an issue for individuals to perceive,” museum Director Chung Young-mok told reporters earlier this month. “In this exhibition, we have gathered works by artists who lead viewers to think about materials and sustainability with small, everyday things.”
The exhibition features eight artists’ works.
Among them, photographer Area Park presents photos that capture the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and the following nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. Conceptual artist Lee Wan presents abandoned objects that the artist arranged like East Asian scholar stones “so that they could resist being recycled.”
Also on display are Jeong Zik-seong’s paintings that depict algal blooms in polluted river water and a house built by Cho Hye-jin out of waste materials found at redevelopment or construction sites.
Admission is 3,000 won for adults. Go to Seoul National University Station, line No. 2, exit 3, and take bus Nos. 5511 or 5513.
(02) 880-9504, www.snumoa.org
LIU WEI: PANORAMA
Plateau, Jung District
To Aug. 14: The exhibition features 12 pieces by Chinese artist Liu Wei ranging from his controversial early works to his most recent works. The 44-year-old is one of the leading artists in the generation that came after the famous “Chinese Diaspora” and “Political Pop” generations under the influence of the 1989 Tiananmen protests.
The exhibition will be the last exhibition at Plateau, a branch of the Samsung Museum of Art, as the branch is located in the Samsung Life building that will close after a 17-year history due to the sale of the building.
Admission is free. The museum is closed on Mondays. Go to City Hall Station, line No. 2, exit 8.
(02) 1577-7595, www.plateau.or.kr
Kumho Museum of Art, Jongno District
To Sept. 11: The exhibition features a large array of furniture for children, focusing on chairs and desks by internationally influential 20th-century designers including Peter Keler, Luigi Colani and Renate Muller, as well as some contemporary works by Korean designers. Visitors are allowed to sit on most of the chairs on display.
Designs from Korean artists and brands are displayed on the second floor of the museum. The basement floor of the museum is dedicated to displaying diverse designs of desks and chairs for young students that date back to 1930. Meanwhile, the highlight of the exhibition for kids is the ball pit on the first floor. Here kids can take off their shoes and jump in to play while parents take more time to look around the exhibition.
Admission is 7,000 won for adults and 5,000 won for children. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 720-5114, www.kumhomuseum.com