2016.8.4 Museums & Galleries
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art,
To Sunday: This exhibition features the 10 finalists for the museum’s biennial ArtSpectrum Award, a major local art prize.
The museum announced in June that it selected artist and film director Kelvin Kyung Kun Park, 39, as this year’s winner of the 30 million won ($26,847) prize. In the exhibition, he’s presenting the short film “Army: 600,000 Portraits,” which creates a collective portrait of young Korean men during their mandatory military service.
The other finalists include An Dong-il, Baek Jung-ki, Choi Hae-ri, Jane Jin Kaisen and the graphic design duo Optical Race.
Admission is 5,000 won ($4.50) 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
MINHWA AND COURT PAINTINGS
OF THE JOSEON DYNASTY:
MUNJA-DO AND CHAEKGEORI
Seoul Calligraphy Art Museum of the Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District
To Aug. 28: Co-organized by the Seoul Calligraphy Art Museum and Gallery Hyundai, this exhibition features 58 pieces of chaekgeori and munjado, unique styles of Korean painting that developed in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Chaekgeori refers to still lifes of books, stationery and other curiosities in splendid color. Chaekgado, or depictions of books and objects arranged on shelves, is one category of chaekgeori. The paintings are reminiscent of old European art - particularly trompe l’oeil paintings - due to their use of perspective uncommon in East Asian paintings. Munjado, or letter paintings, are combinations of images and text that look decidedly modern.
According to Lee Dong-kook, head of the Seoul Arts Center’s Calligraphy Art Department, chaekgeori paintings show not only a rare case of European influence on Korean art before the 20th century, but also the admiration for learning and knowledge that has long been Korean tradition.
Admission is 8,000 won ($7.16) for adults. Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 580-1300, www.sac.or.kr
Sejong Center, Jongno District
To Sept. 24: This exhibition marks the first-ever retrospective of Spanish modern art master Joan Miro (1893-1983) in Korea. It features 264 paintings, sculptures and drawings that the artist created on the scenic Spanish island of Majorca, where he spent the last three decades of his life.
The large-size paintings on display show how Miro drew from diverse sources of inspiration that included European surrealism, American abstract expressionism, primitive art and East Asian calligraphy. He combined all of these to create new, imaginative works, according to Francisco Copado, director of the Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation. The exhibits have all been loaned by the foundation.
Admission is 15,000 won ($13.10) for adults. It is open from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. Go to Gwanghwamun subway station, line No.5, exit No.1 or 8.
(02) 399-1000, www.mirokorea.co.kr
100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF KOREAN MODERN MASTERS LEE JUNG-SEOB 1916-1990
MMCA Deoksu Palace, Jung District
To Oct. 3: This large-scale retrospective of Korean modern artist Lee Jung-seob (1916-56) features 200 paintings, including his five famous “Bull” paintings, as well as drawings and 100 artifacts. It is rare to see so many of Lee’s paintings in one place because they have been dispersed around the world, museum officials say. The artist died young and in poverty, only gaining recognition posthumously.
Admission is 7,000 won ($6.26) for adults. It includes admission to Deoksu Palace. The palace is closed on Mondays. Go to Seoul City Hall Station, line No. 2, exit 10 and walk for five minutes.
(02) 2022-0600, www.mmca.go.kr