2016.6.16 Museums & Galleries
THE BOUNDARY AND THE BETWEEN
Arario Gallery Seoul, Jongno District
To June 26: The solo show of Ryu In (1956-99) features nine pieces by the sculptor, who took a unique position in the Korean art scene of the 1980s and ’90s with his figurative sculptures of a tragic mood, and who died at the age of 43.
Three of the nine pieces on display in this exhibition are being revealed to the public for the first time. Among these is a large piece of an old tree combined with a human figure. The sculpture, “Title Unknown,” is one of the artist’s last works.
The exhibit also includes Ryu’s famous works such as “Cause of Death” (1986) and “Motive for Murder” (1991). Admission is free. The gallery is closed on Monday. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 541-5701, www.arariogallery.com
WRAP AROUND THE TIME
Nam June Paik Art Center,
To July 3: In memory of Nam June Paik (1932-2006), the Korean-born founder of video art who passed away 10 years ago, the museum has invited 10 local and foreign curators. They include those whose jobs are not originally art curators such as a scientist, a novelist and a linguist.
Each of the, along with the head of the museum, Suh Jin-suk, selected inspirational pieces from among the museum’s collection of Paik’s works. And then they each invited artists to create a new piece inspired by Paik’s work, or submit an already created related work. The results comprise the exhibits. The works by Paik are on display on the first floor of the museum, and on the second floor are the works inspired by them.
Admission is 4,000 won ($3.40). The museum is closed on Mondays. Take bus Nos. 5000 or 5005 from Seoul and get off at the Singal five-way intersection in Yongin.
(031) 201-8500, www.njpartcenter.kr
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art,
To Aug. 7: The exhibition features the 10 finalists for the museum’s biennial ArtSpectrum Award, a major local art prize.
The museum announced on Monday it selected artist and film director Kelvin Kyung Kun Park, 39, as the winner of the 30 million won prize for this year. He presents in this exhibition the short film “Army: 600,000 Portraits,” which creates a collective portrait of young Korean men during their mandatory military service.
Among the other finalists, artist An Dong-il presents a landscape painting, which is, in fact, a composite of the iconic images from stamps issued during the Park Chung Hee administration in the 1960s and ’70s. The graphic design and data visualization duo Optical Race present an installation of infographics, where viewers are invited to see how their future economic conditions will be according to several conditions.
The other finalists are Kim Young-eun, Park Min-ha, Choi Hae-ri, Baek Jung-ki, Lee Ho-in, Jane Jin Kaisen and the Okin Collective, which is a team of three artists.
Admission is 5,000 won for adults. 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
KOREAN GENRE AND FIGURE
PAINTINGS: SCENES OF EVERYDAY LIFE, IDEALS AND RECREATION
Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Jung District
To Aug. 28: The daily lives of both commoners and scholars spanning 500 years during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) can be witnessed in this exhibition - the Kansong Art Museum’s sixth show at the DDP.
About 80 genre and figure paintings by 33 famous Joseon artists, including Kim Hong-do, a versatile court painter famous for a wide variety of paintings, and Shin Yun-bok, famous for paintings of women.
The exhibits also include some contemporary artworks. Media artist Lee Lee-nam recreated Kim Hong-do’s painting “Hearing a Birdsong on Horseback” as a work of media art that even includes the sounds of birds chipping.
Admission is 8,000 won. The gallery is closed on Mondays. Go to Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station, line Nos. 2, 4 and 5, exits 1 and 2.
(02) 2153-0000, www.ddp.or.kr or www.kansong.org
THE ART HAS REMAINED
Whanki Museum, Jongno District
To Aug. 14: The large-scale retrospective of the modern Korean master Kim Whanki (1913-74) features 400 paintings, drawings and collages by the artist.
Among the exhibits are several abstract drawings and oil paintings on newspaper that show the artist’s continued experimentation and transition into pure abstract figuration. The result was Kim’s collection of dot paintings, which are now celebrated both by art critics and collectors. Dot paintings are also among the exhibits.
Admission is 10,000 won for adults. The museum is closed on Mondays. From Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 3, take Green Bus Nos. 1020 or 7212 and get off at the Buam-dong Resident Center stop.
(02) 391-7701, www.whankimuseum.org