2016.8.18 Museums & Galleries
Hangaram Design Museum of Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District
To Aug. 28: For this exhibit, organized to introduce Korean audiences to celebrated Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera, the Dolores Olmedo Museum of Mexico collaborated with the Seoul Arts Center.
A total of 150 pieces are on display, including paintings, drawings, photographs and several pieces of Kahlo’s clothing.
Among the highlights are Kahlo’s paintings “The Bus” (1929) and “The Broken Column” (1944).
Both are motivated by her involvement in a serious bus accident in 1927 that left her in pain until her death. In “The Bus,” she recalls the hour just before the accident. “The Broken Column”, shown above, is a self-portrait of Kahlo showing both her pain and strong will to live.
Tickets cost 15,000 won ($13.56) for adults. Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5 and walk for five minutes.
(02) 580-1300, www.sac.or.kr.
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, which is the Kansong Art Museum’s sixth show at DDP.
About 80 genre and figure paintings by 33 famous Joseon artists, including Kim Hong-do, a versatile court painter famous for his wide variety of paintings, and Shin Yun-bok, known for his paintings of women.
The exhibits also include some contemporary artwork. Media artist Lee Lee-nam recreated Kim Hong-do’s painting “Hearing a Birdsong on Horseback” as a work of media art that includes the sounds of birds chipping.
Admission is 8,000 won ($7.23). 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
BIG: KIDS AND DESIGN
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 influential 20th-century designers including Peter Keler, Luigi Colani and Renate Muller, as well as contemporary pieces 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. 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 ($6.33) 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
NEW BRITISH INVENTORS:
INSIDE HEATHERWICK STUDIO
D Museum, Yongsan District
To Oct. 23: The exhibition intends to show the creative process of famed British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his team, which are known for the iconic U.K. pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai Expo in China and the Olympic cauldron for the 2012 London Summer Games, among other projects.
The show features an extensive archive of 1:1 scale prototypes, models, test pieces, drawings and photographs for their most famous works, including both the two above and the Rolling Bridge in London, the Learning Hub building in Singapore and the new London city bus.
Curated by Kate Goodwin, Drue Heinz Curator of Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the exhibition has toured cities around the world, but according to the museum, the version for Seoul is a little different. Heatherwick’s famous Spun chairs have been specially produced for this exhibition to spin automatically.
Admission is 8,000 won ($7.23) for adults. The museum is closed on Mondays. It is located at Dokseodang-ro 29-gil in Yongsan District, central Seoul. There is no nearby subway station.
Savina Museum of Contemporary Art, Jongno District
To Oct. 30: In her first solo show in Korea, Australian artist Emma Hack presents photographs in vivid color, featuring naked women almost hidden within various botanical patterns. The women are real models whose naked bodies have been elaborately painted by the artist to match the walls they stand against. The women look like chameleons that have merged with their surroundings, so her work has been called “camouflage art.”
Admission is 10,000 won ($9.04). The museum is closed on Monday. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1.
(02) 736-4371, www.savinamuseum.com
Arario Museum in Space, Jongno District
For an indefinite period: “Really?” is the inaugural exhibition of the Arario Museum, which opened on Sept. 1, 2014 in the iconic ivy-covered brick building “Space,” designed by the legendary Korean architect Kim Swoo-geun (1931-86). Space’s intricately linked display areas and spiral staircases remain in their original state, while the artwork is cleverly installed in unexpected locations.
About 100 pieces by more than 40 artists including Korean-American video art pioneer Nam June Paik, British artists Marc Quinn and Tracey Emin, are on display. They are part of the vast collection of Ci Kim, one of Korea’s most important collectors.
Admission is 10,000 won ($9.04) for adults. Children under 10 are not allowed.
Go to Anguk subway station, line No. 3, exit 3, and walk for three minutes.
(02) 736-5700, www.arariomuseum.org