Museums & Galleries
Gallery 2, Gangnam District
To Saturday: The exhibition features more than 200 drawings by Lee Dongi, who is considered one of Korea’s representative pop artists, though he has always expressed concern about such categorization of his work. These drawings include sketches and scribbles made without any further purpose.
“Lee Dongi is concerned with how modern art is generalized into ‘conceptual art,’“ the gallery’s homepage reads. “The artist said he does not like the binary division between conceptual art and the formal exploration of art... Drawing, either consciously or not, is a process to give a form, to solidify, and to refine images that are called upon. “
Admission is free. Go to Apgujeong Rodeo subway station, Bundang Line, exit No.5 and walk five minutes.
(02) 3448-2112, www.gallery2.co.kr
LIU WEI: PANORAMA
Plateau, Jung District
To Sunday: The exhibition features 12 pieces by Chinese artist Liu Wei, ranging from his controversial early works to his most recent. The 44-year-old is one of the leading artists in the generation that came after the famous “Chinese Diaspora” and “Political Pop” generations that were influenced by the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.
The exhibition will be the last at Plateau, a branch of the Samsung Museum of Art located in the Samsung Life building, which will close after 17 years 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
THE MAN IS GONE AND THE ART HAS REMAINED
Whanki Museum, Jongno District
To Sunday: This large-scale retrospective of the modern Korean master Kim Whan-ki (1913-74) features 400 paintings, drawings and collages by the artist.
The exhibition includes many abstract drawings and oil paintings on newspaper that show the artist’s continued experimentation with, and transition into, pure abstract figuration.
The result was Kim’s collection of dot paintings, which are now celebrated by both art critics and collectors. The dot paintings are among the exhibits.
Admission is 10,000 won ($9) for adults. The museum is closed on Mondays. From Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 3, take Green Bus No. 1020 or 7212 and get off at the Buam-dong Resident Center stop.
(02) 391-7701, www.whankimuseum.org
Horim Art Center, Gangnam District
To Oct. 29: This exhibition features about 80 paintings by 38 masters of Korean traditional painting from the 20th century.
As the title implies, visitors will be able to see how Korean art, which was focused on calligraphic painting in the late Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), became more image-oriented as the country modernized and painters responded in their own ways to Western and Japanese influences.
The largest piece on display is a landscape painting by Ro Su-hyoun (1899-1978), which illustrates the four seasons on a folding screen 2.3 meters (7.5 feet) in length
Admission is 8,000 won ($7.21). The museum is closed on Sundays. Take bus No. 145 , 440 or 4212 and get off at the Horim Art Center stop.
(02) 541-3523~5, www.horimartcenter.org
Yeongang Gallery, Yeoncheon County of Gyeonggi province
To Nov. 20: Yeongang Gallery, the first-ever art gallery within the civilian control zone adjacent to the North Korean border, opened in May with a solo show by artist Han Sung-pil. It features 11 of his photos, including “Observation,” and video works including “Uncanny Serenity.”
The gallery, located next to an air-raid shelter, was once a museum dedicated to showing North Korea’s attacks on the south. As part of the renovations, Han and designer Cho Sang-gi covered the walls of the building with prints of 680 doors from countries around the world.
The museum is located at Hoengsan-ni 243, Jung-myeon, Yeoncheon County. A valid photo ID is required to pass the security checkpoint.
GANA ART COLLECTION ANTHOLOGY
Seoul Museum of Art, Jung District
For an indefinite period: This exhibition celebrates the opening of a permanent space for artwork donated by Gana Art, one of the nation’s leading galleries, in 2001.
The donation, called the Gana Collection, consists of 200 paintings, sculptures and prints by 48 local artists associated with the Minjung art movement of the 1980s and early ’90s. The movement is characterized by realist paintings with strong political or social messages against the Korean military regime of the ’80s.The inaugural exhibition features 28 pieces by 24 famous Minjung artists including Lim Ok-sang, Shin Hak-chul and Hwang Jae-hyung.
Admission is free. The museum is closed on Mondays. Go to Seoul City Hall Station, line No. 2, exit 10 and walk for five minutes.
(02) 2124-8800, sema.seoul.go.kr