2016.8.25 Museums & Galleries
Seoul Calligraphy Art Museum of the Seoul Arts Center, Seocho District
To Sunday: 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.
Admission is 15,000 won 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.
Admission is 7,000 won 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
KimDaljin Art Archives and Museum, Jongno District
To Oct. 29: The exhibition features 270 documents and photos illuminating the activities of major Korean abstract artists including Kim Whan-ki and artists of Dansaekhwa or Korean monochrome paintings .
Admission is free. Take bus Nos. 7212, 1020, 1711 or 7022 and get off at the Sangmyeong University stop. The museum is closed on Sundays.
(02) 730-6216, www.daljinmuseum.com
THE MASTERS OF MODERN PAINTING - FROM CALLIGRAPHY AND PAINTING TO IMAGE
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.