2016.9.20 Museums & Galleries
Sejong Center, Jongno District
To Saturday: 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 ($13.40) 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
Hakgojae Gallery, Jongno District
To Sunday: Lee Yong-baek, 50, in his first solo show in Korea in eight years, presents four new pieces: two installations, one sculpture and one video piece. The video piece, “What Makes the Earth Go Around,” could be considered the highlight of the exhibition. It shows an illuminated globe, which anyone could buy online, in a darkened studio. With the bang of a gunshot, the globe breaks and begins to spin from the force. The shooting continues, destroying various countries on the globe’s surface and reminding viewers of bombings happening around the world as they watch.
Lee also shows three upgraded versions of his famous works, including the video piece “Angel Soldiers,” which wowed international audiences when he represented the Korean Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale.
Admission is free. The gallery is closed on Mondays. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1, and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 720-1524, www.hakgojae.com
THE HISTORY OF KOREAN ABSTRACT ART
KimDaljin Art Archives and Museum,
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
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. The museum is closed on Monday. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit No. 1.
(02) 736-4371, www.savinamuseum.com
Platform-L Contemporary Art Center, Gangnam District
To Nov. 13: For this exhibition, five young Korean artists - Gim Ikhyun, Hajum Ba, Yi Yunyi, Jeong Seyoung and Ikjung Cho - will present newly commissioned works of photography, drawing, video, installation and performance.
“This exhibition emphasizes the immediate experience of a viewer’s encounter with each work, rather than positing a single theme or exploring any specific conceptual approach,” the museum’s website reads.
Admission is 5,000 won for adults. The museum is closed on Mondays. Take bus No. 145 , 440 or 4212 and get off at the Horim Art Center stop.
CONNECT 1: STILL ACTS
Art Sonje Center, Jongno District
To Nov. 20: To celebrate the re-opening after a nine-month closing for renovation, Art Sonje Center started the exhibition, which consists of solo shows by three female conceptual artists - Lee Bul, Chung Seoyoung and Sora Kim.
“The shows are re-productions of those they had in this museum between 1998 and 2004,” explained Sunjung Kim, head of the museum and a famous curator. “All three artists have invented their own aesthetic languages to articulate the contemporaneity of each time period. Now, we re-contextualize their works in the changed conditions for new discussions.”
One of the highlights is Lee’s “Majestic Splendor,” a legendary work that has returned after nearly two decades.
The work consists of raw fish, each one having been covered with flashy oriental ornaments.
Admission is 5,000 won for adults. The art center is closed on Mondays. Go to Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 1 and walk for 10 minutes.
(02) 733-8945, www.artsonje.org